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Karen Abbott

3 articles
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The High Priestess of Fraudulent Finance

Cassie Chadwick pulled her first con in 1870, at the age of 13. Over the next 30 years, she would scam her way to $633,000, about $16.5 million in today’s dollars.

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Everything Was Fake but Her Wealth

Ida Wood, who lived for decades as a recluse in a New York City hotel, would have taken her secrets to the grave—if her sister hadn’t gotten there first.

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The Children Who Went Up In Smoke

In 1945, a fire tore through the home of George and Jennie Sodder. Four children escaped; five vanished.