The Slate and The Village Voice both posted articles this week that mentioned individual court reporters in history. On Feb. 2, The Village Voice ran an article about a clothing store in Soho that features a seven-foot-high, 18th-century well in its men’s department. According to the article, the body of a murdered woman was discovered at the well in 1799, and the trial of the accused was one of the first documented by a stenographer in the United States.
On Feb. 3, The Slate posted a book review of “The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game,” a history of Monopoly authored by New York Times reporter Mary Pilon. According to the review, Pilon attributes the invention of the game to Lizzie Magie in 1904, a stenographer in Washington, D.C.