Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Minerva Queen of Handcuffs

Minerva Queen of Handcuffs, also Queen of Mystery, was born Margaretha Snelling on Dec 18 1878 in Germany. Her career as an escape artist ran from 1904-1913. The retired from the stage after marrying illusion builder Guy Jarrett.

She is buried in Mission City Memorial Park, Santa Clara, CA, Plot Section K-3, No 26. She is buried with her fourth husband, George Backus. Sadly, though there is a spot on the grave marker for her name, Minerva's name does not appear on the gravestone at all.

For more information on Minerva, check out my podcast #26 on

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