Saturday, April 24, 2021

The Fisk Assassination.

Popular financier Jim Fisk and his business associate, Ned Stokes, were good friends until Stokes stole Fisk’s mistress, Josie Mansfield. The scandal that followed included blackmail, courtroom dramas, and finally murder. Stokes met Fisk on the staircase of the Grand Central Hotel and shot him in cold blood. 

While we can only imagine what transpired when Josie arrived in hell, “The Strong Hand of Justice” was somewhat weaker than depicted above. It took three trials to convict Ned Stokes, and his sentence was six years in prison. 

Read the full story here: Jubilee Jim.

Picture from Illustrated Police News, January 25, 1872.


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