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28. The Man of Two Lives

Edward H. Rulloff was considered by many to be a genius, a man of great intellect, ahead of his time, ready to revolutionize the study of philology. And just as many thought him a fraud and a conman. He was well versed in medicine, law, and language and an educator respected by his students. He was also a thief and a swindler who had trouble leaving a city without a run-in with the law. When an 1870 burglary in Binghamton, New York went bad, leaving three men dead, the public would face the paradox of the “Man of Two Lives.”

Date: August 17, 1870
Location: Binghamton, New York
Victim: Fred Merrick
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Accused: Edward Rulloff
Edward Rulloff
Edward Rulloff
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