The Writing Master published

From January 2018 to January 2019, I spent a year researching 204 nineteenth-century professional criminals; however, for four years prior to that I had been researching one single man from that century, the forger James B. Crosse, aka James Buchanan Cross. Crosse has been an obscure figure, with little known about him except small mentions... Continue Reading →

Night of the Salamander Safes

During the night of October 28-29, 1851, several stores along the Buffalo lakefront were burglarized. The exact number of break-ins is unclear--at least three, but perhaps as many as 5-10. Several of the stores had valuables stored in safes that were all the same make: Gayler Patent Safes, often described as "salamander" or "hobnail" safes.... Continue Reading →

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