Queen Liz

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This article is about the 19th century American thief and pickpocket. For monarchs who may have used this name, see Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Liz
Occupation Criminal
Known for New York thief and pickpocket; member of Marm Mandelbaum's "inner circle" during the 1860s and 70s.

Queen Liz was the pseudonym of an American thief and pickpocket who was a prominent member of New York's underworld during the mid-to late 19th century. She was among the elite "inner circle" of female career criminals under Marm Mandelbaum during the 1860s and 1870s. Among these included fellow thieves, blackmailers and confidence women such as Lena Kleinschmidt, Sophie Lyons, Kid Glove Rosey, Little Annie, Big Mary and Old Mother Hubbard,[1] all of whom were regular guests at her extravagant dinner parties.[2][3]


  1. ^ Datesman, Susan K. and Frank R. Scarpitti. Women, Crime, and Justice. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980. (pg. 193) ISBN 0-19-502676-4
  2. ^ Klockars, Carl B. The Professional Fence. New York: Free Press, 1974. (pg. 176)
  3. ^ Asbury, Herbert. The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the New York Underworld. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. (pg. 196-197) ISBN 1-56025-275-8

Further reading[edit]

  • Byrnes, Thomas. 1886 Professional Criminals of America. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1969.
  • Petronius. New York Unexpurgated: An Amoral Guide for the Jaded, Tired, Evil, Non-conforming, Corrupt, Condemned, and the Curious, Humans and Otherwise, to Under Underground Manhattan. New York: Matrix House, 1966.