3 - Jack the Shoe Slasher

In this episode, we'll hear the story of a violent offender in Philadelphia and Baltimore that carried a foot fetish to the next level.  Also, we'll hear about a Springheel Jack and Jersey Devil sighting that may be connected to each other and to the offender.



“Brutal attack upon young girl,” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 7, 1905.

“Excited over slasher,” Baltimore Sun, February 5, 1905.

“Is he the shoe slasher?,” Baltimore Sun, February 6, 1905.

“Jack the foot slasher,” Washington Post, February 16, 1905.

“Jack the shoe slasher,” Harrisburg (PA) Daily Independent, January 19, 1905.

“Jack the slasher again,” Washington Post, March 13, 1906.

“Jack the slasher has moved uptown,” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 23, 1905.

“Know Karolis as Burt,” Baltimore Sun, February 9, 1905.

“Mrs. Kirschner's assailant?” Baltimore Sun, February 2, 1905.

“Not the shoe slasher,” Baltimore Sun, February 22, 1905.

“Says devil forced him,” Baltimore Sun, March 24, 1909.

“Shoe slasher,” Montpelier (VT) Evening Argus, January 21, 1905.

“Shoe slasher again?,” Baltimore Sun, February 24, 1905.

“Shoe slasher is here,” Baltimore Sun, February 4, 1905.

“Shoe slasher busy in blizzard,” Wilmington (DE) Morning News, January 26, 1905.

“Slasher at it again,” Baltimore Sun, February 10, 1905.

“Think him the slasher,” Baltimore Sun, February 20, 1905.

“Was not the slasher,” Baltimore Sun, February 17, 1905.

“Wielded knife on the skirts of five women,” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 16, 1905.

Bondeson, Jan. The London Monster: A Sanguinary Tale. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.

Oordt, Darcy. Haunted Philadelphia: Famous Phantoms, Sinister Sites, and Lingering Legends. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot, 2015.

Paijmans, Theo. “Philadelphia's 'Jack the Slasher' Case.” Fortean Times 279 (September 2011).

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