BOX III. 20 – Writings by Dix - investigative
Folder 20 of 22
75+ copies of newspaper articles covering investigative writings by
Dix and her colleague Glaspell who wrote at the same time covering major
murder trials across the nation. The time period for these articles is
1901-1902 and these articles are from the following three newspapers:
New York Journal, New York Journal and American, and Des Moines Daily
News. These articles were acquired for a presentation/article comparing
the two reporters writing styles.
Listed below are the newspaper articles as stored in the folder.
1. “EVELYN JUST LIKE A LITTLE GIRL,” the second Thaw trial reported on
by Dix. The report is divided into five parts, the first being the
introduction of the report followed by “Like a Child In School-girl
Dress; Brainy and Debonnair Soldier of Fortune; Absorbs Culture Like a
Sponge and Dutiful Wife Living Like Hermit,” [The Evening Journal] nd.
2. “Dorothy Dix Says Thaw Trial Has Been GREAT MORAL LESSON.” Article
begins with an introduction followed by three topics. “Is Great Moral
Lesson, Money Is a Curse and Gold Turns to Ashes.” THE NEW ORLEANS ITEM,
January 25  by Hearst News Service.
3. “DOROTHY DIX PICTURES MISS LAMBERT AS MARVEL FOR MASKED PERSONALITY.”
The introduction is followed by the following topics, “Marion Lambert
Pictured; Giggling School Girl; Suicide Theory Scouted; Mother Never
Suspected and Used Remarkable Ruse.” Some paragraphs are printed in bold
text to signify important information. Chicago Evening American, Monday,
May 29, 1916.
4. “TODAY – When Dorothy Dix was the best girl reporter in the world,
before becoming a leading philosopher, she could unravel faint clues,
but French reporters in possession of a finger cut-off would surprise
her….,” by Arthur Brisbane [The Times Picayune] nd.
5. “Memories of Dorothy Dix. ‘And it’s that way with great murderers.
Human passions almost always atrophy under the restraints of good
breeding over several generations, just as muscles atrophy if they are
kept inactive too long; just as the fish in the Mammoth cave in Kentucky
are blind because they lost their eyes from generations of darkness. It
takes generations to breed raw human passions up to the standard of good
breeding. And when you have bred them up that way you have little or
nothing of the raw material of the murderer left. That’s why I never
believed the Stevens family had anything to do with the murder of Dr.
Hall and Mrs. Mills. Shooting and throat-cutting had been bred out of
them. That’s why I believed that Mrs. Hall was telling the truth when she
said she hadn’t the faintest idea that her husband was unfaithful to
her. Mrs. Hall was a lady with generations of good breeding back of her.
She couldn’t have suspected her husband of an intrigue….” Public Ledger
6. “She Killed in Real Life as Thomas Hardy’s Heroine Did Upon the Stage
– Their Life Stories the Same,” by Dorothy Dix. The Terranova case;
photos of Josephine Terranova and Mrs. Fiske as “Tess,” ns., nd.
6a. “Newspaper Scoops that made me famous.” Dorothy Dix,
America’s best known woman reporter, tells how she solved the mystery of
The Prisoner of Love, gained the confusion of the girl murderess,
Josephine Terranova, and beat the police in the unraveling of baffling
Virginia Eternal Triangle affair, by Dorothy Dix. The Desert News,
April 9, 1927. Public Ledger.
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7. Mrs. Carrie Nation and her hatchet blow that changed the whole
temperance situation, by Dorothy Dix. Topeka, Kansas, February 9 
(from her scrap book).
8. “Dorothy Dix Success,” a small paragraph about Dorothy Dix (Mrs.Gilmer)
of the Picayune staff being commissioned by the New York Journal to go
to Kansas and keep up with nation and company, ns.,nd., (from her scrap
9. The telegram from S.S. Chamberlain, Managing Editor of the New York
Journal complementing Dix “on the excellence of your story about Mrs.
Nation. It was the best thing that has yet appeared about her. I am told
that you have had some idea of coming to New York. Please let me know if
this is true ….I should be glad to make some arrangement with you for
regular work. Very Truly Yours, February 12th, 1901" (from her scrap
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