Episode 27: Crime-Fighting Broad 003: Isabella Goodwin, Detective
The story behind New York’s first-ever female detective! In 1896, Isabella Goodwin was a quiet, hard-working police matron who wrangled murderesses, made up the prison beds, and earned about half of what her male coworkers did. As far as she knew, she’d be a police matron forever…until one day, a gruff captain called her over to his desk and asked if she’d like to take a crack at going undercover.
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The Fearless Mrs. Goodwin: How New York's First Female Police Detective Cracked the Crime of the Century, by Elizabeth Mitchell
“Robbers Hold Up Bank Messengers in Taxi; Steal $25,000 and Escape in an Auto,” Brooklyn Times Union, 15 Feb 1912
“The First Municipal Woman Detective in the World,” The New York Times, 3 March 1912
“Mrs. Isabella Goodwin is a Sherlock Holmes in Skirts,” Daily Long Island Democrat, 26 March 1912
“Who Mrs. Isabella Goodwin Really Is,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7 April 1912
“Bandits’ Sentences Pile High,” New-York Tribune, 13 April 1912
“Woman Detective is Secret Bride,” The Standard Union, 28 Nov 1921
“Overlooked No More: Isabella Goodwin, New York City’s First Female Police Detective,” New York Times, 13 March 2019
Ticket Scalping: An American History, 1850–2005, by Kerry Segrave (p. 68)
“Guilty” by Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, and Gus Kahn, sung by Anna Telfer.
“Shake It and Break It” by Lanin's Southern Serenaders, licensed under a Public Domain / Sound Recording Common Law Protection License