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    ...the fellows who screwed the pooch on this one.

    This has to be the most mixed up account of a murder I've ever seen.

    The murder of the Helena prostitute in France by a Chinaman living in a colony of Chinese ( undoubtedly mine workers or railroad laborers ) in Montana.
    First...Helena, like Butte, had its share of soiled doves. The chances that one of these two fisted, flophouse,flat on their back floozies winding up in a famous spa town ( Aachen, or Aix la Chappelle) in Westphalia..... is pretty frigging remote.

    There was no murder in Aix la Chappelle.
    There certainly were no Chinese in the town.
    There were Chinese in Helena.
    But there is no record of a murder in Helena.

    Birmingham Daily Post
    April 5, 1890
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    Omaha World Herald
    April 9, 1890
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    Helena was one tough town in the 1880's.
    In 1888....Helena boasted 50 millionaires, more per capita than any city on Earth.
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    • #3
      Helena boasted 50 millionaires, more per capita than any city on Earth.
      So, what would they do with the money in a place like that? Surely money only really means something if you can excercise some kind of power with it?

      All the best

      Dave

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      • #4
        Simple, Dave....purchase land.
        Land is something that man usually doesn't make more of, hence its worth.
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        • #5
          Hi Howard, you think that beats Fairy Fay, which managed to combine the murders of Horsnell and Smith with the assault on Margaret Hames, and then along with a fake name and a strong dash of fiction, create a murder and a person who never existed?

          Yours truly,

          Tom Wescott

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          • #6
            Hi How

            But I thought the rich buggers already owned most of the land?

            Cheers

            Dave

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            • #7
              Dave:
              Montana is approx. 14,000 square miles larger than Britain...and has a lot of range ( grazing land ; cattle ) area. It had only become a state on November 9th, 1889...

              Huge copper, gold, and silver mines were set up a couple of decades before statehood....so the nouveau riche in Montana most likely made their poke before statehood ( statehood : taxes).
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                Hi Howard, you think that beats Fairy Fay, which managed to combine the murders of Horsnell and Smith with the assault on Margaret Hames, and then along with a fake name and a strong dash of fiction, create a murder and a person who never existed?

                -Tom 'Scoop' Wescott-

                You have a point.
                One factor in the Helena article which might put it at the top is that it, for some bizarre reason, it has that crime occurring in probably the least likely area a person could conceive it happening.

                On the other hand, the efforts by the police and press in the Horsnell murder puts it high at the top.
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