Jane Bielawski and her doll 'Missy'. Following the suspicious deaths of some of her playmates in a New York tenement, police attempted to interview Jane. According to reports, the young girl went 'crazy' and accused her doll of the murders, before throwing the doll out of her apartment window while screaming, "Bad dolly! Naughty dolly!" Jane was taken to Bloomingdale Asylum to be treated for 'hysteria'. She was never to leave the institution, dying there an old woman in 1968.
Sir, I have been trying ever since you went away to learn to write you a letter. Mamma says you will accept my endeavors. I hope to grow a better boy, and that you will have no occassion to be ashamed of me when you return. Mr. Thaxter says I learn my books very well. He is a good master. We all long to see you. I am, sir, your dutiful son. John Quincy Adams. 10/13/1774