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People/Characters: Alice Clement

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Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction by Erika Janik
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath

Character description

Alice Clement was one of the first female detectives on the Chicago Police Department, which she joined in 1913. She became a detective sergeant first grade. She was famous for her flamboyant, stylish wardrobe, her memory for faces, and her gift for disguise. She made a thousand arrests in one year, and was hailed as a "female Sherlock Holmes."

Her first husband was Leonard Clement, whom she divorced for desertion and intemperance. Four years later she married barber Albert L. Faubel. A campaigner for both women's rights and the repeal of Prohibition, her second marriage was performed by a female pastor. She had one child, a daughter named Ruth.

She wrote, produced, and starred in a movie Dregs of the City, intended to "warn young girls of the pitfalls" of big cities, but it was banned in Chicago as immoral. [from Pistols and Petticoats]

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