Cleveland’s “Queen of the Con”

Thursday
03
Nov

Thomas Crowl

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Table Reservations Required
  • Free Entry

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Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

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Story topic this week…

Cleveland’s “Queen of the Con”

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Thomas Crowl’s brand new book, Queen of the Con, tells the true story of Clevelander Cassie Chadwick, a successful swindler and “one of the top 10 imposters of all time,” according to Time magazine. Born Betsy Bigley in 1857 in Canada, she first operated as Madame Devere, a European clairvoyant, and in 1890 was arrested for defrauding a Toledo bank of $20,000. In the mid-1890s, while working as a madam in Cleveland, Cassie met and married a widowed physician with a coveted Millionaire’s’ Row address. This meticulously researched story is the first full-length account of the notorious career of this fascinating woman.
 

Thomas Crowl Bio

Thomas Crowl is a native of northeast Ohio, a semi-retired veterinarian and a nonfiction writer. His work includes several magazine articles relating to Ohio history as well as two additional books: Murder of a Journalist, an account of the 1926 murder of Canton editor Don Mellett, and Opdycke’s Tigers in the Civil War, a history of northeast Ohio’s 125th Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War. He currently resides in north central Kentucky.
 
The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.
 

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