Oct 22, 2015
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Noir Factory Podcast #001: Kate Warne – America’s First Female Detective

NFEpisode1GraphicWhen the door opened at the Pinkerton Detective Agency on August 23rd, 1856, Allan Pinkerton, the legendary chief of the most famous detective shop in history, had no idea what lay ahead of him.

She was, as Allan later described her, “A commanding person, with clear cut, expressive features.” He said he wouldn’t call her handsome, but a “slender, brown-haired woman, graceful in her movements and self-possessed.” He also said that she was of an “intellectual cast.”

Despite holding her in high regard upon meeting her, however, it never occurred to Pinkerton that she was there for a detective job.



Celebrating Women’s History: America’s First Female P.I. (n.d.). http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2015/03/celebrating-womens-history-americas-first-female-p-i/

Civil War Women. (n.d.). http://civilwarwomenblog.com/kate-warne/

Derrig, J. (2014). Pinkerton’s First Lady – Kate Warne: United States First Female Detective. Mother Spider Designs, LLC.

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  • Awesome. I made my 11 year old son listen to this also. Love your narrator voice and your writing. Well produced. Entertaining and interesting.

    • Thank you so much, Gary! Glad you and your son enjoyed it!

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