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September 28, 2022 40 min

Chapin's successful journalism career crumbled as stress chipped away at his mental health, and he committed a terrible crime. But there were still surprises left to his story. 


  • “Of the Dynamite Explosion in Russell Sage’s Office.” The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarkeville, Tennessee). Dec. 7, 1891.
  • “A Dynamite Bomb.” The Alliance Herald. Dec. 11, 1891.
  • “City Slave Girls.” Saturday Evening Kansas Commoner. Aug. 24, 1888.
  • “New York World Editor Kills Wife.” Intelligencer Journal. Sept. 17, 1918.
  • Morris, James McGrath. “The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism.” Fordham University Press. 2003.
  • Chapin, Charles. “Winnetka’s Horror.” Chicago Tribune. Feb. 14, 1884.
  • “Editor Chapin Sane.” Enid Daily Eagle. Dec. 17, 1918.
  • “Mrs. Macaulley’s Crime.” Chicago Tribune. Dec. 25, 1887.
  • Chapin, Charles E. “Charles Chapin's Story Written in Sing Sing Prison.” G.P. Putnam. 1920. Read online:
  • “Russell Sage’s Will.” The Ordway New Era. August 3, 1906.
  • Snow, Richard, “Charles Chapin.” American Heritage. December 1979.
  • “Prisoner McKeague.” Chicago Tribune. February 26, 1884.
  • Roberts, Sam. “Archives From Prisons in New York Are Digitized.” New York Times. July 6, 2014.
  • Wingfield, Valerie. “The General Slocum Disaster of June 15, 1904.” New York Public Library. June 13, 2011.
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