Black and white photo of a woman in her forties with a tough expression on her face, wearing a white dress and hat, and holding a gun in her hand
Mary Shanley posing with her .38

Deadshot Mary, The Sharpshooter Woman Cop Of The 1930s

A woman, her bottle of whiskey, and her .32-caliber revolver

Giulia Montanari
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4 min readJul 24, 2023

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If you were to walk past Mary Shanley on the bustling streets of New York, chances are you wouldn’t have given her a second glance.

As she pushed her way into the crowd in her modest polka-dot dress, veiled hat, and sensible shoes, she could pass…

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Giulia Montanari
Exploring History

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