Bryn Mawr University have a new online exhibition of criminal British and American women entitled 'Pointing Fingers: Women, Sin, Crime and Guilt. Here's a preview of some of the stories it tells:
- Mary Frith aka Moll Cutpurse (c.1584–1659), who became the subject of Elizabethan drama on stage as well as off – a pickpocket, who evaded capture by dressing in men's clothing.
- May Churchill Sharpe aka Chicago May (1877-1929) - prostitute, thief, and con woman, who used "badger game," enticing men to private rooms where they would be 'interrupted' by her 'husband' or 'father' who would then rob him.
- Beautiful Rachel Cunningham from Philadelphia, who suffered from "demonic" desires and began a career of "adultery and lewd couplings...fashionable folly, vice, and profligacy" into an "over-whelming ocean of sensual pleasures."
Runaway Girls and Their Startling Adventures: True Narratives of Actual Occurrences with Real Names of Many Young Women who Imbibed Romantic Notions of Life, Through Reading Sensational Novels in a Class of Highly Injurious Weekly Story Papers, and Left their Homes. Philadelphia: Barclay, c. 1878.