Crime and Scandal

Flashback Photo: The Brazen Theft of the Sacred Cod, April 26, 1933

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Police detective with the recovered sacred cod. Photo courtesy Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Police detective with the recovered sacred cod. Photo courtesy Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

A brazen theft of the sacred cod in 1933 by Harvard students sent the Commonwealth reeling for a few wild days. State police were called in to find the fish, a manhunt spread to New Jersey, the Charles River was dredged and the Massachusetts Legislature almost came to a halt. The story was national news.

The sacred cod had hung above the Massachusetts General Assembly since the early 18th century. It was a symbol of the cod fisheries that fueled the commonwealth's prosperity. Its disappearance was devastating.

Read what happened here.

 

1 Comment

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  1. Margaret Dragon

    April 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    It sometimes goes missing … Harvard fraternity prank.

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