Nellie Bly

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Nellie Bly

In the asylums Nellie Bly experienced the horrors that the mentally ill went through everyday. Such as, abusive nurses, cold baths, inedible and very little food and, sitting quiet in a unsafe and uncomftorable room.

Women journalists of the time never revealed thier real names. Elizabeth Conchran got her name from a old Stephen Foster song.

" If I fail, I will never return to New York. I would rather go in dead and successful than alive and behind time." - Nellie Bly

Birth & Death

Nellie Bly By: Gigi Caruso

Elizabeth Cochran, used the pseudonym Nellie Bly, was born on May 5, 1864 in the small western town of Cochran's Mills. Nellie suffered from chronic bronchitis, and was hospitalized frequently. Nellie died from pneumonia at the age of 57 on January 27, 1922.

Nellie Bly was a journalist who was notorious for not only writing the story but being the story. She was vary determined and accomplished at her job.

Nellie Bly was the youngest of 13 children. Her father was a wealthy mill owner. The town she was born in was named after her father, Chocran Mills. Her father died when she was 12. Her mother remarried quickly to an abusive drunk.


Nellie Bly took on risky assignments and wrote stories that made the headlines.


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