THE WOMEN'S BANK SWINDLE
10.03.2019 - By WHISPERED TRUE STORIES
In 1887, in New York, two female con artists opened a phony “bank for ladies”. They then swindled over $1 million (in today’s money), from dozens of the richest families in the city.
This episode shares the story with you – told entirely in Whisper, by Kit Caren.
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Lyons, Sophie, Why Crime Does Not Pay (book, 1913), at Chapter 4.
Segrave, Kerry, Women Swindlers in America, 1860-1920 (book, 2007), pp. 128-135.
Robb, George, Ladies of the Ticker: Women and Wall Street from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression (book, 2017).
Eldridge, Benjamin & Watts, William, Our Rival, the Rascal: A Faithful Portrayal of the Conflict Between the Criminals of This Age and the Defenders of Society, the Police (book, 1897), pp. 373-375.
Source - attributed to humorist Damon Runyon. Sophie Lyon's book was titled: Why Crime Does Not Pay.
Episode includes Whispered recommendations for these podcasts:
Naptime Nancy - True Crime Podcast.
Active Shooter: The Podcast.
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