Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

January 16, 1936

On January 16, 2017, the Philadelphia Tribune reported on a “sin syndicate” led by Queenie Parker, a “28-year-old habitue of the fast-life.”  Tribune reporter George Hall wrote, “The syndicate trading on vice and the baser desires of humanity to achieve a ‘thrill’ in an unorthodox and spicy manner has been in operation here for years...Its pawns, according to policy, are colored women who have have a weakness for the fast life, expensive automobiles and a life of comparatively comfortable if uncertain ease.” Parker was wanted for the murder of Beatrice Wayne, stemming from an altercation between the two women after Wayne received a telegram from Parker’s husband. Detective Firman Hopkins tracked Parker from Washington, D.C., to Duluth, Minnesota, to Des Moines, Iowa, to Chicago, where she was arrested. Hopkins called Parker “one of the shrewdest and smartest women” he had encountered in his detective work.

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