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Kate Warne, the first female detective (part 2)

March 8, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

Kate Warne wanted to become an actress. A Canadian by birth, she found herself in the mid-1850s in Chicago and recently widowed. Then she saw an advertisement, and it changed her direction and an entire profession. The ad was from the Pinkerton Detective Agency and said agents were being hired. It said nothing about “male • Read More »

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Kate Warne, the world’s first female detective (part 1)

March 8, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: history, journalism.

If the name of Kate Warne is unknown to you, you’re not alone. Most of the world has never heard of her, that is too bad — particularly with those of us in the detective-fiction-to-true-crime crowd. Kate Warne, as far as we can tell, is the first woman ever hired as a fulltime, true-to-life detective. • Read More »

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