I believe FACT is stranger than FICTION.

And often the BEST fiction is solidly founded in FACT. Hence my keen interest in the truth of Matrimonial Agencies, Matrimonial Personal Advertisements, and real-life stories of couples connected through the mail in the nineteenth Century.

NO ONE ABOVE SUSPICION

This one is bizarre. Don’t most of us want to believe that clergy are above reproach? That all ministers and preachers and pastors and priests are completely honest and exactly what they seem to be?

Preacher Accused of Conducting Matrimonial Correspondence as a Woman. Published in The Saint Paul Globe. Saint Paul, Minnesota. 14 October, 1904.

MONEY-MAKING SCAMS

This newspaper story comes from The Times-Democrat, a New Orleans, Louisiana Newspaper from Sunday, 24 April 1887. This scam had me riveted. It reads like fiction!

The Times-Democrat. New Orleans, LA. 24 Apr 1887, Sunday. Miss Leal AND Mail Order Bride scam.

The Times-Democrat. New Orleans, LA. 24 Apr 1887, Sunday. Miss Leal AND Mail Order Bride scam.

Miss Leal Scam, Part 2

Miss Leal Scam, Part 2

Miss Leal Scam, Part 3

Miss Leal Scam, Part 3

Miss Leal Scam, Part 4

Miss Leal Scam, Part 4

Miss Leal Scam, Part 5

Miss Leal Scam, Part 5

Miss Leal Scam, Part 6

Miss Leal Scam, Part 6

Miss Leal Scam, Part 7 (final)

Miss Leal Scam, Part 7 (final)

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A separate scam, reported in The Herald and Torchlight, Hagerstown, Maryland, 6 August, 1873 wherein lovely correspondence gives way to blackmail and financial extortion.

Article reported in The Herald and Torchlight, Hagerstown, Maryland. 6 August, 1873. Part 1 of 2.

Article reported in The Herald and Torchlight, Hagerstown, Maryland. 6 August, 1873. Part 1 of 2.

Article reported in The Herald and Torchlight, Hagerstown, Maryland. 6 August, 1873. Part 2 of 2.

Article reported in The Herald and Torchlight, Hagerstown, Maryland. 6 August, 1873. Part 2 of 2.

Are you as shocked by the lack of decency in the nineteenth century “Love By Mail” segment as I am? I’m appalled so many preyed upon others during a time so many see as gentler, more refined, exquisitely mannered. It seems cads have always existed and if a system exists, crooks will exploit others through it.

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Note: Throughout this Article, all newspaper clippings/references were obtained from newspapers.com.

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Up next: Victorian Era Valentine’s Day (traditional nineteenth century observations of the Romantic Holiday)

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~ followed by a return to this series (2-17-16), with ~

Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Bride SCAMS, Part 3, wherein a man with two wives (neither knows about the other) seeks yet two more… entirely to swindle them of their means.

Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Bride SCAMS, Part 1 Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Bride SCAMS, Part 3 Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Bride SCAMS, Part 4 Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Bride SCAMS, Part 5 Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Bride SCAMS, Part 6 Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Bride SCAMS, Part 7 Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Bride SCAMS, Part 8 Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Bride SCAMS, Part 9 Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Bride SCAMS, Part 10 Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Bride SCAMS, Part 11 Nineteenth Century Mail-Order Bride SCAMS, Part 12NEWSPAPER Brides vs. Mail-Order Brides Mail-Order Catalogs: Timeline & Truth Mail Order Brides in the 19th Century American West Book Review: Hearts West: True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier, by Chris Enss Sweet Americana Sweethearts Blogspot: WANTED: Midwife Bride

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