|Roslyn Place, just above Lincoln Park.|
One that I just went to check out today was a possible address for Minnie Williams, one of the hardest characters in the saga to figure out. There are/were a LOT of conflicting accounts to what Minnie was like, when she disappeared, whether she was married to Holmes, or what. She seems to have told her sister that they were married, but whether Holmes set up a sham ceremony (it certainly wouldn't have been a legal one) of if they were both lying is sort of an open question. She may well have been complicit in some of his schemes. I wouldn't even say with complete confidence that she was actually killed; Holmes' story that she'd run off to London to go into hiding isn't quite as far-fetched as some of his other ones.
There are a number of addresses for her that appeared in various papers, and one of them is still standing.
Rosyln Place looks, as you can see in the photo above, just like the kind of street we like to imagine Victorian serial killers stalking, doesn't it? Whether Holmes ever met with Minnie here is difficult to ascertain, but it's fairly likely. He seems to have been no stranger to the area; he claimed to have stayed in a hotel on the west side of Clark, opposite Lincoln Park, at one point, and an insurance invesgaot in 1893 found him (and perhaps Minnie) living at the Plaza Hotel, which was just below Lincoln Park, where the Latin School is now. I wonder if he ever went to check out the Couch Tomb?
|Such a neat block! Great for a game of "What Do They Have."|