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  • leslie

    elizabeth jane cochran, aka nellie bly. she faked insanity to get herself admitted to the women's lunatic asylum on blackwell's island in order to write "ten days in a madhouse", an expose for the new york world.

  • Amanda Glassman

    Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864 – 1922) was the pen name of pioneer woman journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran. She remains notable for two feats: a record-breaking trip around the world in emulation of Jules Verne, and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. Photo of “Nellie," 1890

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