Thursday, February 23, 2012
Cassie Chadwick broke so many laws in her life that she had to die young just to get some rest. A forger, “fortune teller,” and prostitute, she charmed one of her rich older husbands into marrying her after assuring him that she was only in the bordello where she met him to teach the young women there the essential principles of etiquette. An elaborate scam that involved her claiming to be Andrew Carnegie’s daughter apparently kept her in fine fashion -- even being called “the Queen of Ohio” -- for seven years, while she borrowed against forged promissory notes attributed to the famous millionaire. But ultimately, she was found out, prosecuted, and incarcerated, where her health quickly failed and she died. An in-your-face woman’s life doesn’t necessarily have a happy ending.