Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 185th day of the year. On July 3, 1901, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that the parents of Christina Doran, a mentally ill girl, had kept her in a filthy cage for two years at the family’s home at 1905 Atlantic Ave.
For years, the article read, neighbors had been suspicious of goings-on at the house, and the case came to a head when a social worker was walking by, heard screams coming from the inside, and decided to investigate. The father, Edward Doran, described as a well-to-do plumber, insisted that he had treated the girl well and kept insisting that she was “feeble-minded.”
Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise celebrates his birthday today.