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Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

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Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That C...

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Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

“A father's plea - "Won't you help me?" And Mrs. Grace Humiston, who started the People's Law Firm as a practicing attorney & a detective as well, would take this challenge & more. This book begins with a missing girl, and Grace's search for her uncovers connections with corruption, abuse of immigrants (Italians down south) & the legal rights for everyone. Thousands of young women disappeared in to white slavery and the police did not follow through with investigations. Grace helped organize the Missing Persons Bureau. Through the 1920-30s racial issues were still present, gangs, spies and international intrigue were a daily occurrence. And Grace was there - but who remembers her and her sacrifices? The Epilogue is full of information so be sure to read that as well. It may help you understand the greater picture.”

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Mrs. Grace Humiston was an amazing lawyer and a traveling detective during a time when no women were practicing those professions. She focused on solving cases no one else wanted and advocating for innocents. The first female U.S. District Attorney, she made groundbreaking investigations into modern-day slavery, and the papers gave her the nickname of fiction's famous sleuth. One of her greatest accomplishments was solving the cold case of a missing eighteen-year-old girl, Ruth Cruger. Her work changed how the country viewed the problem of missing girls, but it came with a price: she learned all too well what happens when one woman upstages the entire NYPD. In the literary tradition of In Cold Blood and The Devil in the White City, this true-crime tale is told in spine-tingling fashion and has important repercussions concerning kidnapping, the role of the media, and the truth of crime stories. But the great mystery of this book-and its haunting twist ending-is how one woman became so famous only to disappear

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