American Detective Fiction    April 1841-July 1891

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  Published in
The Rural Repository
,February 2, 1850

Janesville [WI] Gazette, August 29, 1850
Wisconsin Democrat, October 12, 1850
The [WI] Sheboygan Mercury, August 17, 1850
Wisconsin Statesman, August 15, 1850
The Elyria [OH] Courier, September 10, 1850

A slightly altered version of this story was published in
Prairie du Chien [WI] Patriot, August 14, 1850

(See the note following the text for an explanation of the revision.)


    “The Female Assassin,” continued from p. 1

these extraordinary murders were committed with impunity! In every instance the little that was seen of the woman rendered it difficult for anyone to give a minute description of her person; all the information that could be obtained was, that she was young, very pretty, little and well-formed. This description of course answered that of many women of Parisbesides the murderess.

Meanwhile, Napoleon arrived from Egypt, and possessed himself of the reins of Government. Being informed of the atrocities which had been committed in the capital, he directed that active measures should be taken for the detection of the criminal. He spoke to Fouche on the subject. At that time, the capital was filled with Fouche’s spies. One of these spies, a fine looking young man, about twenty, was one evening accosted in the street by a person whom he had first supposed to be a very handsome youth. He passed on; but suddenly the thought struck him that the person who had spoken to him was a woman in disguise

    and he immediately recollected the female assassin.

“It is she,” he exclaimed, “I have discovered her, and my fortune is made.”

He turned back and entered into conversation with her. She at first denied her disguise, but finally acknowledged it, and the young man prevailed on the nymph to accompany him home, in the character of a young relation from the country.

“Where do you live?” she inquired.

He named a hotel in which one of the mysterious murder had been committed.

“Oh, no; I cannot go.”


“Because I am known there.”

These words confirmed the suspicions of the police agent. He alluded to his property, and mentioned two hundred louis which his uncle

Continued on p. 3

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