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 +====== Josephine Martin ======
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 +„French Fifi“
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 +Age:  41
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 +Russian
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 +===== Murder Time and Place =====
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 +November 4 1935
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 +Flat 1, third floor, 3/4 Archer Street, Piccadilly, London
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 +
 +===== Background =====
 +
 +Josephine was  a russian born and married a waiter, Henry Martin, 1919 to gain citizenship. They separated six months later and he migrated to America. In the mid 1920s she had lived with a man called Caesar May, who was deported to Belgium in 1927. She had a tattoo on her right thigh saying “To my Caesar for ever until I die”.
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 +Three weeks prior to her death a john had assaulted her in her apartment. He had seized her by the throat. 3/4 Archer Street consisted of a basement and ground, first, second, third and fourth floors. The Cairo Club was situated in the basement, the Windmill Club was on the ground floor and the Globe Club was on the second floor. ​
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 +On October 18 she said to a friend after being fined for soliciting:
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 +<​blockquote>​
 + ​“I`m fed up with this life. I`ve a good mind to finish with it. No money. Can`t get enough to pay the fines when we get taken. I`m sick of it all.”</​blockquote> ​
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 +Josephine had been before the courts 74 times for prostitution. The police report noted that Josephine Martin carried out her trade on the east side of Regent Street from the County Fire Office to the corner of Glasshouse Street. They further reported that that they were quite satisfied that Josephine Martin'​s brother had been living on the proceeds of her prostitution for several months past. The report concluded that there was no possible doubt that Josephine Martin was heavily in debt and led a hand-to-mouth existence. It stated that at the time of her death she was being pressed for payment of twenty-four guineas on account of furs supplied which were at the time in pawn, and another eight guineas for alterations to clothes. The report also noted that she was in debt to another person who had not been traced for £25 for jewellery which was also alleged to have been in pawn. It was also noted that she owned £25-4-6d to a woman at St Martin'​s Lane for clothes supplied. It was also noted that at the time she was also in arrears with her rent to the extent of £2 and owed sundry small amounts to local tradespeople.
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 +Josephine was found dead in her flat above the Glove Club with a silk stocking round her neck. The pathologist said that he thought that Josephine Martin had been forced down on the bed and strangled and that her killer had then tied the stocking round her neck either to ensure death or as a blind.
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 +Josephine`s maid said that Josephine Martin owed a lot of money for furs. She also said that a man had been at her flat almost every night and said that Josephine told her that she sometimes gave a few pounds to the man. A tenant in an adjoining flat said that she had heard Josephine quarrelling on the night of her death over money. ​
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 +
 +===== Sources =====
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 +https://​www.truecrimelibrary.com/​crimearticle/​josephine-martin/​
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 +http://​www.unsolved-murders.co.uk/​murder-content.php?​key=566&​termRef=Josephine%20Martin
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 +James Morton: The Mammoth book of Gangs
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 +Jonathan Oates: Unsolved London Murders: The 1920s and 1930s
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