Some quick thoughts
This story is amazing. And crazy. Nineteenth century New York City was lurid, to say the least.
Also, it's "Talk like a Pirate Day." Just consider yourself informed.
Sorry for the relative silence on my part -- I'm trying to prepare job application materials (writing sample makes Emily crazy ...); prep classes; prepare for my dissertation defense (should re-read that and all the plays I wrote about. By October 5); and I'm about to recieve 90-plus papers. Soon I should be back to blogging more.
(Just in case you missed me).