No. 550
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
December 3, 2021

Robbed of Her Tresses.

January 14, 2014
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Robbed of Her Tresses.

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An unknown tramp the other morning entered the residence of Augustin Wentzel at Boyertown, Pa, and, seizing Mr. Wentzel’s daughter, Della aged sixteen years, who was alone in the house, he held a cloth saturated with chloroform to her face. She soon became unconscious and when she recovered, a half hour later, she found that the villain had cut off her luxuriant tresses, which had hung nearly to her hips. Miss Wentzel suffered no other violence. She at once gave the alarm an searching parties were immediately formed to hunt for the unknown criminal.


Reprinted from The National Police Gazette, January 1, 1887.