I ran across this story of "Jack the Hugger", otherwise known as George Hanson, who was arrested in Tacoma, Washington. The 21-year-old man had "terrorized women on the streets" of that city for a few months. When he was arrested he was "clad in a fantastic woman's garb ..." Source: Los Angeles Herald 23 May 1909



I found the story a little unsatisfactory, so I decided to go a little deeper into the story of "Jack the Hugger." I found the article below that adds some important details. When arrested, Hanson was "Dressed in a fetching costume and being of slight build and handsome Hanson palmed himself off for a woman with ease." After work, Hanson would stroll along the streets and approach women who were alone and "grab them suddenly by the ankle" and, sometimes, throw them to the sidewalk. One the assault was over (or, as the article says "without further troubling them"), Hanson "would kick his heels in the air, emit a demoniacal cackling laugh and race to a hiding place." Hanson was caught when he "fairly ran into the arms" of a couple of police detectives. He was believed "to be an unclassified form of pervert." Source: Evening Statesman (Walla Walla, Washington) 24 May 1909.




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