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Monthly Archives: October 2010

The American Malefactor’s Dictionary: billy noodle

billy noodle – 1. “a soft fellow that believes the girls are all in love with him”; 2. a ladykiller; 3. a conceited ass. Sources Farmer, John S. and W. E. Henley. A Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English. Abridged from Slang and Its Analogues. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1912. Matsell, George W. Vocabulum: […]

Early American Criminals: Stephen Smith on the Common

[display_podcast] Stephen Smith was born a slave in 1769 in Virginia. His last name was originally Allen, but he changed it to Smith in order to escape from the master who owned him, William Allen. Smith’s father was a religious man, but his mother encouraged him to steal. With her prompting, Smith committed several small […]

In the Media: EAC Is Now Available as a Podcast

If you have not noticed already, Early American Crime is now available as a podcast. Beginning with “Early American Criminals: Thomas Mount and the Flash Company,” you can enjoy the tales of America’s earliest criminals by listening, reading, or both. Simply click on the “Play” button of the media player at the beginning of the […]

Early American Criminals: The Canadian Burglars

[display_podcast] On Friday, December 4, 1789, William Mooney Fitzgerald and John Clark were scheduled to appear before the court in St. John, New Brunswick. They were to learn their sentence after being tried and found guilty of burglary the day before. That morning, Rev. Charles William Milton entered their prison cell and later wrote that […]

Early American Criminals: Thomas Mount’s Flash Songs

[display_podcast] Note: This post continues “Thomas Mount’s Crime Tips.” Long before Nicholas Pileggi wrote Wiseguy and revealed the inner-workings of present-day organized crime, Thomas Mount in 1791 disclosed the secrets of the Flash Company, a gang of burglars, thieves, and highwaymen. As a part of his revelations, Mount asked that the language and songs of […]