This photo of Constance and Fleurette together shows that Constance really was a “substantial” woman. Newspapers reported that she stood almost six feet tall and weighed 180 pounds. Family members remember that Fleurette was “about five feet in heels.”
The newspaper headline that inspired the book title.
Journalists had a field day with the Kopp family’s plight. Newspaper articles like this ran all over the country.
A classic (if not terribly accurate) newspaper illustration from the Kaufman case.
The case against Henry Kaufman made headlines across the country throughout 1914 and 1915.
Sheriff Robert Heath took photographs of the jail and courthouse, and went around the county giving talks about conditions at the jail to win support for his reform ideas. It was not easy for him to get automobiles for his use. Here he is with two of his official cars.
A Bergen County courtroom from the era, probably taken by Sheriff Heath. When the Kopps walked into court, this is the kind of scene they would have faced.
This early postcard shows how the silk industry dominated Paterson during the years the Kopps were fighting Henry Kaufman.
This silk dyeing factory is similar to what Henry Kaufman’s would have looked like, and inspired all the scenes that took place in the factory.
The Paterson silk strikes of 1913 were one of the most significant moments in the history of the American labor movement. Workers were out on strike for six months. Over 300 factories shut down, and workers walked off their jobs as far away as New York and Pennsylvania to show their support.
Children of striking workers were really sent off to live with families in New York until the strike ended. Although the union set up relief tents to feed the workers during the strike, there often wasn't enough food to go around.
Sheriff Heath at his desk.
A cell at the Hackensack Jail, furnished with all the comforts of home. Although we can't be sure, it's possible that this is the cell where Constance slept.
The jail kitchen where a scene from LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE takes place.
Sheriff Heath, his deputies, and his automobiles.
The Hackensack jail laundry, where inmates did their chores as described in LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE.
The newspapers had fun with the central case in LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE
A newspaper drawing of Deputy Kopp chasing a suspect.
The dreadful outfit Constance was made to wear in a scene near the end of LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE--with an insert photo of the criminal she went up against, Baron von Matthesius.
Another view inside the Hackensack Jail during Constance's era, showing how the inmates were allowed to move about on their cell block during the day.
The DuPont powder works, where Edna Heustis worked in real life in MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS.
A knitting mill in upstate New York similar to the one where Minnie Davis might have worked in real life in MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS.
A newspaper clipping about the real story behind the charges against Edna Heustis in MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS.
A newspaper clipping about the real Minnie Davis from MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS.
The real May Ward and her Eight Dresden Dolls from MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS.
The newspaper advertisement for May Ward and her 8 Dresden Dolls, quoted in MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS.
An article about Constance's real-life "rescue" of May Ward from MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS.
The State Home for Girls in Trenton, NJ, as depicted in MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS.
The title MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS comes from this newspaper story about Constance Kopp.
From a 1916 newspaper profile of Constance Kopp.
Sheet music featuring May Ward, described in MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS.