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Thomas Kemble, The Kissing Colonist


Capt. Thomas Kemble was a prominent ship's captain in the 1650s in Massachusetts, but that didn't stop him from getting into trouble for kissing. Kemble's life is well documented. As a merchant who settled in Charlestown, Mass., he imported metal ...

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The Festive Murder Trial of Jessie Costello

In the summer of 1933, the murder trial of a brassy Peabody, Mass., housewife named Jessie Costello captured the world’s attention. Festive crowds gathered around the Salem courthouse to see the buxom diva. Costello smiled coquettishly throughout the proceedings, oblivious ...

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