Article Archives: Bumps in the Night

Come Visit the Catacombs

Next Wednesday, you have a special opportunity to explore one of Indianapolis’ most unique historic landmarks: the Catacombs under City Market. On Wednesday, February 21st from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., you are invited to visit the Catacombs courtesy John Barnes, candidate for State Representative for House District #89. Barnes, an … Read More

Busted — The 1961 Heroin Arrest of Ray Charles in Indianapolis

Located on the “point” of Washington Street and Kentucky Avenue, the Downtown Sheraton-Lincoln Hotel was the place to stay for anyone who was anyone visiting the Circle City during the tumultuous Sixties. The Sheraton-Lincoln’s Rail Splitter restaurant and Cole Porter ballroom hosted celebrities by the score and became the epicenter … Read More

Auld Lang Syne

The holidays are past but fresh memories remain of Indianapolis traditions celebrating the season — the Circle of Lights on Monument Circle, luminaries in Irvington, glowing house and lawn displays, and neighbors inviting neighbors over for cookies and a cup of egg nog. Yes, neighbors and neighborhoods; that’s what makes … Read More

Handsome Harry Pierpont, Part 3

Mary “Shorty” Kinder, like her boyfriend Handsome Harry Pierpont, is a name that you are most likely unfamiliar with. But Mary could well be the mold that all Hollywood “Gun Molls” were made from. The “moll” term derives from Molly, a diminutive variation of Mary, colloquially used as a euphemism … Read More

Handsome Harry Pierpont, Part 1

This is a reprint of an article first published in September 2010. Handsome Harry Pierpont is probably the most famous Indianapolis outlaw that you’ve never heard of. Born on October 13, 1902, Pierpont has strong ties to Indianapolis, John Dillinger and Central State hospital. Although largely forgotten today, Pierpont played … Read More