Library of Congress
On June 20th, 1938, pedestrians near Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan were treated to a scene right out of a dime store novel. A well-dressed middle-aged woman was fighting with a man, attempting to subdue him. He pushed her in the face, and she retaliated, knocking him into submission with a swing of her long strapped pocket book.
The man was lucky she did not use the gun tucked carefully into the folds of her dress. The man was a suspected jewel thief, and his captor was an undercover policewoman with the press sobriquet of 'Deadshot Mary.'