Wicked Victorian Boston
Jimmy "The Kid" Fitzgerald
Conman Jimmy “The Kid” Fitzgerald, met Charles Francis Adams—grandson of President John Adams, son of President John Quincy Adams, now retired from a long career of public service—in front of his home on Beacon Hill. After ingratiating himself with the old man and Fitzgerald asked Adams to accompany him as he entered a lottery office on Boylston Street to cash in a ticket. Inside, Fitzgerald persuaded Adams to play a game of banco, which, unbeknownst to Adams was run by Fitzgerald’s confederate. At the end of the crooked game, Adams had lost $20,000.