Margaret Brown/Margaret Haskins/ Margaret Young was born in Ireland back in1828. It is not known when she came to the United States. She became a prominent shoplifter and pickpocket specializing in handbags. She was arrested in Chicago, Illinois where she was sentenced to three-year imprisonment at Joliet Prison.
She was released from prison in 1878, she resumed her career in St. Louis, Philadelphia and New York before being arrested again in Boston in 1883. Found guilty, she served a six-month sentence at the Boston House of Corrections. She returned to New York where she was again arrested in Brooklyn for stealing a pocketbook in 1884. After her release three-months later while leaving the prison she was arrested where she was transported again to Boston for stealing a purse. After being released she disappeared never to be seen again. Her criminal spree lasted for over 50 years.
While you may not know her name surely, you’ll recognize the nursey rhyme written especially for her “Old Mother Hubbard”.
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