General Research Division, The New York Public Library. "Mrs. Nack, Murderess!"   The New York Public Library Digital Collections  . 1897 - 1909.

General Research Division, The New York Public Library. "Mrs. Nack, Murderess!" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1897 - 1909.

I created this unique murder mystery tour, which allows participants to truly immerse themselves in the world of 1890s New York City. I first conceived of the tour while reading The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins. Building on his amazing narrative I researched remaining buildings from the time period and generated possible routes for the participants to take. I then did extensive research to write elaborate clues for each team.

The first edition of the tour was produced with Atlas Obscura and sold out almost instantly. Participants imagined themselves as members of the crack reporting teams of the great newsmen rivals Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. They learned the details of the shocking 'murder of the century' in 1897 through a series of clues and historic locations. The event was a huge success; participants truly got into the spirit of competition and were surprised and excited by the remnants of 1890s NYC hidden in plain sight. 

This tour has now been produced successfully three times, partnering with Atlas Obscura and separately with the New York Adventure Club. It has evolved based on participants' feedback and is now a more concentrated and fast paced historical adventure.



pictures from printed rivals

These photographs by Jason Hall and Corey William Schneider are reproduced here with permission.

Thanks for a great day! Your event was creative and fun.
— Alice, member of the Journal Team
Wow!! What a great adventure you have created, Michelle!
— Kevin Dann, leader of the Journal Team