The Pinks: The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency

The Pinks: The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency

by Chris Enss

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The true story of Kate Warne and the other women who served as Pinkertons, fulfilling the adage, “Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History.”

Most students of the Old West and American law enforcement history know the story of the notorious and ruthless Pinkerton Detective Agency and the legends behind their role in establishing the Secret Service and tangling with Old West Outlaws. But the true story of Kate Warne, an operative of the Pinkerton Agency and the first woman detective in America—and the stories of the other women who served their country as part of the storied crew of crime fighters—are not well known. For the first time, the stories of these intrepid women are collected here and richly illustrated throughout with numerous historical photographs. From Kate Warne’s probable affair with Allan Pinkerton, and her part in saving the life of Abraham Lincoln in 1861 to the lives and careers of the other women who broke out of the Cult of True Womanhood in pursuit of justice, these true stories add another dimension to our understanding of American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493030668
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 544,114
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Chris Enss is an author, scriptwriter and comedienne who has written for television and film, and performed on cruise ships and on stage. She has worked with award-winning musicians, writers, directors, producers, and as a screenwriter for Tricor Entertainment, but her passion is for telling the stories of the men and women who shaped the history and mythology of the American West. Some of the most famous names in history, not to mention film and popular culture, populate her books. She’s written or co-written more than two dozen books for TwoDot. And she’s also a licensed private detective. 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Foreword vii

Introduction x

Chapter 1 Operative Kate Warne 1

Chapter 2 Operative Mrs. R. C. Potter 21

Chapter 3 Operative Hattie Lewis Lawton 37

Chapter 4 Operative Mrs. M. Barkley 52

Chapter 5 Operative Barkley in Washington 67

Chapter 6 Operative Ellen 84

Chapter 7 Operatives Elizabeth Baker and Mary Touvestre 99

Chapter 8 Operative Elizabeth Van Lew 115

Chapter 9 Operative Dr. Mary Edwards Walker 129

Chapter 10 Operatives L. L. Lucille and Miss Seaton 142

Bibliography 157

Index 164

About the Author 170

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