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Brooklyn Daily Standard Union
7 JULY 1931
COURT SLOWS UP COMMUTER WHO ENTERED TRAIN WINDOW
Didn’t Want Cream to Melt He Was Taking to Family
Olaf GUNDERSON, 36, of 230 Troy avenue, explained to Magistrate Thomas F.
CASEY in Flatbush court today why he had tried to climb through the window of
a train at the Long Island Railroad Terminal on Flatbush avenue last night.
Special Officer William GRANT saw him when Olaf was halfway through the window
and arrested him on a charge of disorderly conduct.
Olaf was taken to the Bergen street police station where he spent the
"It’s true, your honor"I did try to climb through the window." Olaf said in
court today. " I had a quart of ice cream with me that I was bringing to my
kids in a bungalow down at Rockaway and if I had to wait for the next train,
the ice cream would have melted."
"Well" said the magistrate, "you’ve spent a night in the police station so
I think I’ll let you go now. By the way"what became of the ice cream?"
"Oh, I threw a party down at the police station. The cops got some cake and
we ate the ice cream with it."
"All right," said the magistrate. "But if you’re arrested again for the
same thing, bring a gallon of ice cream with you"because you’ll be in jail for
a long, long time. Goodby and good luck."
FINDS HUSBAND WITH ANOTHER, ASKS COURT FOR SEPARATION
Wife Says She Was Kicked Into Street-Other Woman Taunted Her
Charges that her husband, William, 41, had taken a young woman with him to
Atlantic City to attend a convention of engineers in the summer of 1928, and
that she had found him in that same young woman’s apartment on another
occasion, were made by Mrs. Bertha HASSELKUS, 42 of 150-75 Eighty-seventh
avenue, Jamaica, in her application to Supreme Court Justice REIGELMANN today
for alimony and council fees pending trial of her suit for separation.
Her husband is a consulting engineer, Mrs. HASSELKUS said, in the employ of
Cole Service, Inc., 24 West Fourteenth street, Manhattan. She said he had
taken Miss Joan SMITH to the Atlantic City convention. Also Miss SMITH is
president of the Parker Employment Service, 170 ? Broadway, Manhattan, and
HASSELKUS is vice-president, the complaint said.
Mrs. HESSELKUS said she went to Miss SMITH’s apartment at 135 West Tenth
street, Manhattan, on May 11, 1930 and found her husband and Miss SMITH
together. He pushed her down four flights of stairs with one hand over her
mouth to prevent an outcry and then in the vestibule, kicked her into the
street, she said. Also he borrowed $6,000 from her and never paid it back.
When she remonstrated with Miss Smith, that young woman replied, according to
'Why, you are Mrs. HASSELKUS in name only!'
8 July 1931
WILLIAMS ESTATE WILLED TO KIN
Riverhead, L. I., July 8 (UP)
Col. Timothy SHALER WILLIAMS, President of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit
Company, who died June 3, 1930, left an estate of $461,201.22 and a net estate
of $415,972.22, according to a transfer tax appraisal filed in the Surrogate’s
office today. The tax is $19,249.99. Col. Williams had a country home at
The widow Alice W. WILLIAMS receives a life interest of $58, 125.75 in the
residuary estate. Other beneficiaries are: Alice E. PARSONS, a niece,
$61,836.76; Bess M. WILLIAMS, a sister, $108,479.76; Chauncy G. WILLIAMS, a
brother, $56,628.76; Herbert A. WILLIAMS and Keith WILLIAMS, nephews, and
Blair WILLIAMS, a niece, $18,876.25 each.
15 July 1931
ALIENS RUSH INTO U.S. COURT TO TAKE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE
Family of Uncle Sam in Brooklyn Increases 300 Weekly
Uncle Sam adds to his family of adopted children in the Brooklyn District
Court alone more than 300 a week and with a sultry temperature yesterday that
baffled the weather man, every seat was taken in the Naturalization Court at
Washington and Johnson streets.
The men and women who come to swear allegiance to the silken banner that
was prominently displayed in the center of the courtroom were from nearly
every county of the globe and represented old and young of all creeds and
Not a few showed emotion as they stood and raising their right hands
solemnly too the oath to defend their adopted home and renounce the countries
of their birth.
Bidden to the ceremony at 9 o’clock each presented a card of admission
which was rigidly inspected before anyone was allowed to pass in. One hundred
and fifty seats were taken and tomorrow another group of 150 will be admitted.
When all were seated the verification of the applicants was made and other
preliminary clerical work done. This consumed about an hour and a half.
In the last ten minutes several straggling applicants appeared. They were
lucky that they were allowed to enter when the majority had been waiting so
long, but good fortune was not without its drawbacks for the timid when,
before the whole company, they were asked like tardy schoolboys, "Why were you
late? Weren’t you told to come at 9 o’clock?" And when they answered somewhat
shamefacedly, those waiting relieved the tension with a light titter that went
over the courtroom.
Among the applicants was Theresa STEINHARDT, Sister Justina of St. Peter’s
Hospital, Henry and Congress street. Seated apart, accompanied by another nun,
with an occasional glance at her prayer book, she waited patiently during the
tedious formalities. When all was ready, a messenger was sent to notify the judge.
Judge Clarence G. GALSTON, of Woodmere, L.I., was the presiding judge and
in a welcoming address, he bade them join the ranks of the citizens of the
United States and prove their loyalty, especially by exercise of their right
to vote in electing worthy officials.
"The first obligation of a citizen," he said "is to obey the laws, that is,
be legally honest; but as great an obligation rests upon each one of you to be
intellectually honest. This means to appraise carefully the fitness of public
men, not only as to technical honesty, but choose officials with intellectual
honesty that will do away with fraud and humbug.
Listening earnestly to the words of the judge was Mrs. Lizzie SENARIN of
1902 Sixty-second street, and by her side was a chubby little girl, Jennie,
aged nine, who raised her right hand high and held it so to the close of the
speech, watching the judge intently. Jennie was well aware of the seriousness
of the occasion, for at school she had learned the oath of allegiance.
To look at Mrs. SENARIN, neatly dressed in up-to-date American style, one
would hardly have supposed that she had been born in the city of Fez and , as
a child, was accustomed to seeing her own mother wearing the Turkish veil.
"I’m glad to be in America," she said. After eighteen years of residence
here, she still feels the stir of the adventure. "Women are better off here,"
she said. "I would not go back." And she looked fondly at little Jennie, who
was born here, and spoke of her husband, who, she proudly said, also is an
HELD ON WIFE’S BIGAMY CHARGE
John W. GRIMM, 31, a B. M. T. surface car motorman, of 6 Bella place,
Maspeth, Queens, was held without bail for action of the Grand Jury by
Magistrate DOWNS in Ridgewood court on a charge of bigamy.
GRIMM was arrested by Maspeth detectives on the complaint of his wife,
Clara GRAY GRIMM, who says she married him at the First German Presbyterian
Church, Ridgewood, April 27, 1931, only to discover that he was already
married and the father of three children.
Investigators disclosed, she said, that GRIMM had married Mildred STAATS in
New Haven, Conn., Aug. 20, 1921 and had moved with her to Roosevelt, L. I. The
first Mrs. GRIMM and her three children still live at Roosevelt. Both wives
were in court today as GRIMM waived examination and was ordered held.
21 July 1931
SENTENCE STAY IS GRANTED TO ANNA DE HALL
Second Attorney to Ask New Trial on Charge of Murder
Sentencing of Mrs. Anna de HALL on her conviction for the murder of her son
Salvatore was postponed today by County Judge McLAUGHLIN in County Court at
the request of her second attorney, Edward J. REILLY, who said he planned to
move for a new trial.
Mrs. De HALL was convicted of murder, second degree, on testimony given by
Michael FILOSA, himself convicted of the same slaying, after the court had
postponed his sentence in the belief he might be innocent. A motion to set
aside his conviction is to be argued before Justice TAYLOR in Supreme Court
REILLY told Judge McLAUGHLIN certain facts were not brought out at Mrs. De
HALL’s trial and he asked time to investigate before preparing his motion for
another trial. Judge McLAUGHLIN set the case over until Sept. 8.
25 July 1931
FILE NO. 6046-31. '1931' The People of the State of New York, by the grace
of God free and independent' To Albin HENRICKSON, send greeting: Whereas,
Esther NIEMI, who resides at 4013 7th Avenue, Borough of Brooklyn, City of New
York, has presented a petition praying for a decree that a certain instrument
in writing bearing date the 25th day of April 1931, relating to real and
personal property, be duly proved as the last will and testament of Nikolai
Rudolf NIEMI lately residing at No. 775 40th Street in the Borough of
Brooklyn, City of New York.
Now therefore, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before
our Surrogate’s Court of the County of Kings, to be held at the Hall of
Records, in the County of Kings, on the 17th day of August, 1931 at ten
o’clock in the forenoon, why such decree should not be made.
In testimony whereof, we have caused (Seal) the Seal of our said
Surrogate’s Court to be hereunto affixed.
Witness, Hon. George Albert WINGATE, Surrogate of our said County at the
Borough of Brooklyn in the said County the 9th day of July 1931
John R. McDONALD,
Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court
This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to
appear in person. If you fail to appear, it will be assumed that you consent
to the proceedings, unless you file written objections thereto. You have a
right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you.
29 July 1931
WOMAN’S WILL CUTS SISTER
Devoting four-fifths of her will to a scathing denunciation of her sister,
Mrs. Alice M. CUBBERLEY, who died July 20 at 165 Garfield place, left
practically all of her estate to two friends, cutting off the sister.
The estate, described as "more than $2,000" goes to David and Walter
HOWELL, of Piermont, N.Y., with the provision that the legatees shall make
gifts from the inheritance, to two of Mrs. CUBBERLEY’s brothers living in New
"My sister, Jennie S. CHRISTOPHER, of Atlantic City, N.J." the will reads
in part, "has forfeited any rights to my estate by her cruel treatment of me.
She has systematically slandered me and my friends in her efforts to drive
them away so she might carry out her mercenary designs."
2 August 1931
ON GANG MOVIE
JUDGE TAYLOR ADDS CENSURE OF CURRENT FILMS IN PASSING SENTENCE
Ralph RAIA, a Brooklyn youth, and Angelo ELIO, both eighteen, who confessed
the gang movie "Little Caesar" inspire them to rob two men on Independence
Day of $36 and two watches, were given sentence to Elmira Reformatory today
by County Judge Franklin TAYLOR.
Judge TAYLOR marked the sentencing with an attack on current film atmosphere,
"The motion picture industry complains," he said after passing sentence,
"that it isn't making enough money today. It has itself to blame."
5 August 1931
John GREEN, residuary heir to the estate of Col. James ELVERSON, Jr.,
owner and publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, has been arrested, charged
with removing $45,000 worth of choice liquors from the ELVERSON sountry home,
Point Siesta, near Huntington, L.I., it has been learned.
GREEN, brother in law of Mrs. ELVERSON, will appear before Justice of the
Peace DURYEA Saturday at Sayvile, along with H. Benjamin L'HOMMEDIEU, who had
GREEN's power of attorney, to answer to charges of grand larceny, first
The complaint marked another skirmish in a legal battle between GREEN and
Herbert S. BLACKMAN secretary of the Philadelphia Inquirer and administrator
of ELVERSON's estate, whom GREEN tried to have removed.
John BOYLE, Jr., attorney for BLACKMAN, said four truckloads of whiskey,
brandy and wines, valued at $50,ooo, had been taken to the estate for storage
after ELVERSON's death, but that only about $5,000 worth remained when he
ROBBERY CHARGE HOLDS TWO BOYS
Chester SEPOIL, 18, of 2112 Regent place, and Albert DISKEN, 17, of 2455
Bedford avenue, were held without bail for the action of the Grand Jury when
arraigned today before Magistrate MALBIN in Flatbush court, on a charge of robbery.
Sam ROBBINS, of 1464 Carroll street, says the youths robbed him of $4.75
in cash early today on Carroll street, near Albany avenue.
The boys drove off in a sedan, but ROBBINS reported the license number to
polica, who declare that the automobile was stolen last night from Eugene
FISHER, of 584 Rugby road.
VACATION NEAR, WANTS MAN JAILED
Mrs. Sophie WALLACE, of 273 Seventeenth street, an attractive brunette
employed as a stenographer, starts on a two weeks' vacation Monday and she
doesn't want it spoiled by her husband, John, 31, of 584 Sixth avenue.
She so told Magistrate SABBATINO in Fifth avenue court today in bringing a
complaint of disorderly conduct against WALLACE, who she alleged, was drunk
and threw things about as well as called her names when he visited her home
Although WALLACE denied the charge, he was found guilty and remanded for
sentence Saturday, Mrs WALLACE asking that he be kept in jail long enough to
enable her to have a vacation in peace.
The couple are separated.
10 August 1931
CHARGE AGAINST COP DISMISSED
The indictment for assault -in- the second degree returned last April
against Patrolman Victor G. LE FRANCOIS, attached to Traffic J. was dismissed
today by County Judge Franklin TAYLOR.
Edward D. KELLY, assistant district attorney, told Judge TAYLOR that every
effort had been made to locate the witnesses, but they could not be
found.Lawrence McGOLDRICK, counsel for LE FRANCOIS, moved for dismissal of
the indictment for failure of prosecution. The case had been called to trial
The complainant was Max BERNSTEIN, of 1550 St. John's place, who alleged
LE FRANCOIS had beaten him up, dislocating his shoulder in an apartment at 1
East Nineteenth street. A woman named Ollie RIVERS is said to have occupied
ACCUSE COPS OF BRUTALITY
Two women who accuse police officers of brutality must tell their stories
in Coney Island Court Wednesday. The women, Mrs. Hanna TENCE, 60, of 10 Frank
court, Sheepshead Bay, and her daughter, Victorine, 23, were arrested by
Sergt. Daniel DORIS of St. George, S.I., police station and Patrolman John
HADFIELD of Sheepshead Bay station.
The older woman is charged with disorderly conduct and the daughter with
assault. They sent notes to Magistrate STEERS yesterday that injuries
prevented their appearance in court.
Mrs. TENCE said the trouble started with a neighbor, a Mrs. COSTELLO
concerning the cleaning of a cesspool and the removal of rubbish.
DORIS, Mrs. COSTELLO's brother, she said, threatened to arrest her and
that Patrolman HADFIELD took her side until he learned that DORIS was a
Then, she said, the two men forced their way into her home and broke
furniture and beat her and her daughter.
KIDNAPED' MAN FREED BY COURT
The reported "kidnaping" of Samuel SILVERMAN, 26, of 516 Livonia avenue
from a restaurant at Pennsylvania and Livonia avenues, yesterday was
explained at Smithtown, L.I. when SILVERMAN was arraigned before Justice of
the Peace Henry WISEMAN and ordered set free by the Justice.
Instead of being kidnaped, as reported, SILVERMAN, who was a prize fighter
under the name of "Marty Williams" was arrested at the restaurant by
Constable Raymond L' HOMMEDIEU, in connection with an alleged burglary at
Port Jefferson and another in Smithtown.
Three officers a few days ago arrested Alex STAGLIANA, 42, of Jamaica;
Charles JAMPOLSKY, Cleveland street, and Tony OTALIAMA, Mott street, after an
alleged attempt to burglarize a drug store. After questioning the three
prisoners, Smithtown police came to Brooklyn and took SILVERMAN into custody.
13 August 1931
MOTHER'S WILL CUTS OFF SON
Fred Becky, of First avenue, Manhattan, is to receive no share of the
"$1,000 personal property" estate left by his mother, Mrs. Anna BECKY, of
Richmond Hill, according to her will, filed for probate with Surrogate John
HEATHERINGTON, of Queens. The testatrix died June 25.
"In failing to make provision for my son," Mrs. BECKY wrote in her will,
"I have taken into consideration his treatment of me and also the fact that
he has recently shared in the estate of my late husband in a manner greater
than I think he was entitled to."
The will directs that the entire estate be given to the daughter, Mary A.
KIRK, of 109-19 121st street, Richmond Hill.
FAMILY TRIO WINS VERDICT
Another outbreak in what was once "Pigtown" has gone unsolved with the
acquittal today of Thomas YOUNGHANS, and his nephew, Joseph YOUNGHANS, all of
554 Rochester avenue, on a charge of assault in the first degree.
Vito VALVA, of 449 Rochester avenue, testified before County Judge
McLAUGHLIN and a jury that the YOUNGHANS on Dec. 7 beat him in his home
severely, fracturing his skull. The YOUNGHANS who were defended by
ex-Magistrate Leo HEALY, took the stand and denied that they had had any part
in the alleged attack on VALVA, or that they knew of any attack that had been
Joseph YOUNGHANS testified VALVA compelled him to buy a bottle of wine for
which he paid $1.50, and further VALVA seized him by the throat and tried to
force him to take a drink, despite his refusal to do so.
The jury was out less than fifteen minutes before a verdict of not guilty
19 August 1931
FORTUNE AWAITS MISSING BROTHER
With the filing of the will of Mrs. Minna WAPLER, late of Woodhaven, with
Surrogate HETHERINGTON of Queens, the beneficiaries, two daughters and a son,
have made it known that they seek their brother missing for eight years to
give him a share.
Mrs. WAPLER made her will Oct. 16, 1926, three years after her son, Louis
WAPLER, mysteriously disappeared from her home. Jewelry, silverware and
household furnishings are to go to her daughter, Mrs. C. CAMPBELL of 94-45
Eighty-sixth road, Woodhaven. The remainder of the more than $12,000 estate
is to be shared by Mrs. CAMPBELL and her brother, Charles W. WAPLER of 94-11
Eighty-fifth avenue, Woodhaven, and sister, Mrs. Jennie deBEDTS of 190-41
111th road, Hollis.
The three beneficiaries state they will give their brother, now missing,
an equal share of the estate.
22 August 1931
CHARGES WOMAN ASSAULTED HIM
Mrs. Jeanette SCHULTZ, 37, of 837 Manhattan avenue, was before Magistrate
HUGHES in Bridge Plaza court yesterday, to answer a charge of third degree
assault. The complainant was John TRAPANI, of 543 Graham avenue.
TRAPANI charged that Mrs. SCHULTZ punched and kicked him and finally
knocked him down. Mrs. SCHULTZ smiled while TRAPANI told his story. She
denied the charge and said TRAPANI threw her down a flight of stairs in the
house while she was visiting a friend.
"This woman certainly does not look like the pugnacious type," commented
the magistrate as he paroled Mrs. SCHULTZ for a hearing, Sept. 3. The alleged
assault took place August 18.
FUGITIVE ARGUES WITH WRONG MAN
Samuel LITWIN, a prohibition agent, was driving in Throop avenue, last
night when he almost had a collision with another automobile.
An argument ensued and LITWIN recognized the other driver as Louis
SHAFFER, 38, of 240A Hart street, for whom he and other agents had been
looking for more than a year.
SHAFFER was arrested in 1930 for impersonating a prohibition agent. He
jumped his bail, it is alleged. LITWIN took him to jail and he was to appear
before a United States Commissioner today.
BOY GETS 10 DAYS; ABUSED MOTHER
For abusing his mother and threatening to hit her with a flower pot, Steve
CHOTOWSKI, 20, of 2121 Grand street, will spend the next ten days in the
workhouse. He was sent there yesterday by Magistrate HUGHES in Bridge Plaza
The woman's screams brought Patrolman Morris KOSOFSKY of the Bedford
avenue station to her apartment and he arrested CHOTOWSKI on her complaint.
She told the court that her son had struck her before.
JEALOUS OF WIFE, ADMITS STRIKING
Having admitted to a warrant officer that he struck his wife, considerably
younger than himself, because he was jealous of her, Frederick ARESTACH, 52,
of 2743 Ocean avenue was released on a peace bond of $100 by Magistrate
STEERS of the Coney Island court today.
When Mrs. Louise ARESTACH appeared in court she had a swollen nose and
contusions over one eye, where she alleges her husband had struck her. He
maintained that he had only hit her with the back of his hand, according to
Warrant Officer HEUTTE, who arrested him this morning.
2 SEPTEMBER 1931
DOCTORS UNDER CHARGES AWAIT ARRAIGNMENT
THIRTY-NINE AND FOUR DRUGGISTS ACCUSED OF DRY LAW VIOLATIONS
Thirty-nine physicians, two druggists and two druggist's helpers will appear
in Federal court here tomorrow or Friday to plead and give bail pending trial
in answer to indictments charging them with conspiracy to violate the
The presentment returned by the Grand Jury to Judge William R. SHEPPARD
six months work by agents attached to the staff of William C. NOLAN, deputy
administrator in Brooklyn. The first arrest was made on February 13, when
Hyman BERLIND, a druggest, of 189 East twenty-eight street was accused to
having a fully equipped cutting plant in his store, known as the Westbridge
Pharmacy, 131-19 Jamaica avenue, Richmond Hill, which was being used to
adulterate Government bonded whisky.
SAY DOCTORS AIDED
Several of the physicians indicted re accused of working in concert with
Berlind by trafficking in medicinal whisky prescriptions so that he could
account for liquor issued on his government permit. It was charged that
whiskey was used as the base of synthetic whiskey or sold without
prescription at a high price.
The second druggist, Edward KENNEY, of 45 Windsor place, Forest Hills, the
government charges did not have a permit to sell or handle liquor, but sold
synthetic whiskey to persons presenting legitimate prescriptions.
Commending this jury which handed up the presentment Judge SHEPPARD said that
"If all juries would act in a similar manner there would be no need of great
mass meetings such as was recently held in Madoson (as spelled) Gardens to
against the gangster and consider ways and means to getting rid of him. If
juries would do their duty in all cases, the gangster would soon be put to
The indicted physicians are:
STROLL, GEORGE M., 120 West Fourth street
WINSLOW, PAUL D., 45 Park ave
AHLSWEDE, EDWARD, 121 East 60th street
CORTLAND, W. DAWE, 160 Foxhall street
GOLDMAN, SAMUEL, 1707 Avenue Q
ZIMMERMAN, WILLIAM, 419 Powell street
FRANKUCHEN, WILLIAM, 1302 Carroll street
FUCHS, CARL F. B., 857 Jefferson avenue
CORISH, John L., 102-26 134th street, Richmond Hill
CAMPIONE, JOSEPH J., 103-12 Lefferts avenue, Richmond Hill
PETZ, GUSTAVE R., 87-23 134th street, Richmond Hill
LOUIS, WILLIAM, 86-43 104th street, Richmond Hill
WOLDWYN, A. LAWRENCE, 114-84 111th street, Richmond Hill
CARDOZA, A. LOPEs, 104-59 Lefferts boulevard, Richmond Hill
ABRAMO, DOMINICK J., 97-40 110th street, Richmond Hill
JUSTER, VINCENT, 91-11 169th street, Jamaica
GOLDBERG, LEO G., 104-09 164th street, Jamaica
STAMER, EMANUEL L., 159-03 Hillside avenue, Jamaica
SOCKIN, GEORGE L., 104=09 164th street, Jamaica
LEBOWICH, 87-29 150th street, Jamaica
LIEBERMAN, WILLIAM, 416 Hillside avenue, Jamaica
HANFLING, HARRY, 150-01 Eighty eight avenue, Jamaica
KAMINSTEIN, ISIDOR 89-19 Sutphin, boulevard, Jamaica
RENOURD, CLARENCE A., 203 Ocean avenue
SMALL, LOUIS G., 3606 Thirtieth street, Astoria
NELSON, M. RUSSELL, 582 Jamaica avenue, Astoria
PETER, HENRY, G., 81-13 Myrtle avenue, Glendale
WEITZ, MARTIN L., 133-27 226th street, Laurelton
ROSEN, MAX WILLIAM, 198-39 32nd avenue, Bayside
WATTS, JOSEPH C., 39-23 212th street, Bayside
EPSTEIN, ISIDORE L., 213-74 40th avenue, Bayside
VOGEL, S. ZACHARY, 118-18 Metropolitan avenue, Kew Gardens
CERNIGLIA, FRANK J., 63-36 Carlton street, Elmhurst
KUHLMEYER, H. I., 12 Forest parkway, Woodhaven
FERRARA, ANTHONY W., 80-15 64TH road, Middle Village
ANDERSON, PAUL E., 61-26 Grand street, Maspeth
AMES, GEORGE C., 100-03 195th street, Hollis
GOLDFARB, ARTHUR E., Jericho Turnpike, Hyde Park
The druggists' assistants named in the indictment are
Jesse WILLINGHAM, a Negro,of 147 59 109th avneue, Jamaica, employed by Berlind,
You Wah CHAN, a Chinese, employed by Kenney.
They are charged with aiding their employers in selling liquor.-
BUS OWNER BEFRIENDS BOY HALED TO COURT BY FATHER
Promises Him Job and Home Until Place is Arranged
Joseph GREGO, 17, of 2633 West 16th Street has found a friend.
Taken before Magistrate HAUBERT in Coney Island Court for being a wayward
minor, the charge being preferred by his father, SERAFINO, the lad denied he
stayed out late at night and kept company with disreputable persons.
Instead he said that when he worked he made $10 a week but received only 25
cents on Sunday to spend. When he lost his job he was scolded until the
troubles at home became too heavy for him to bear.
The magistrate and Joseph LEWIS, assistant district attorney, listened to
the lad's story sympathetically. The question was what to do about the case
when John J. FLANNERY, president of the Midtown Transit Company and at one
time a probation officer, spoke up.
"I'll get the boy a job" he said. :What's more I'll give him a home until
things are straightened out."
This pleased the magistrate and GREGO was paroled in Mr. FLANNERY's custody.
Mr. FLANNERY's appearance in court was primarily in connection with charge
brought against George KNAUER, 31, of 1605 Sheepshead Bay road, one of his
drivers accused of blocking a bus operated by the Brooklyn Bus Company. The
complainant was Patrolman Hugh DUNNE, of Sheepshead Bay station who said
KNAUER, by refusing to move his bus, had caused a crowd to collect.
It was disclosed in testimony that the crowd was waiting for any bus in the
war, now discontinued between the Midtown company and the Brooklyn Bus
Company and the magistrate, deeming the trouble was over since the withdrawal
of the Midtown company from the streets, dismissed the case.
CLERK UNDER BAIL ON THEFT CHARGE
Albert ESKONAZI, 28, of 153 Orchard street, Manhattan, pleaded not guilty to
a charge of grand larceny in Bridge Plaza court and was held in $1,500 for a
hearing Sept. 11.
The complaint was Samuel ESTRUSO, a vegetable dealer of 184 Lee avenue, who
alleges that ESKONZI took $111 from the store a week ago while working there.
MAN KNOCKED OUT, CLEARED IN COURT
After putting an automobile he had borrowed in the yard of the Sinclair Oil
Compnay at 1117 Grand street, on the morning of Aug. 25, John SCHIDLER, 30,
of 206 Meserole street he was struck with a blunt instrument. When he came
to, he learned he was a prisoner charged with burglary.
William PULISIFER, a watchman for the company, of 6103 55th street, admitted
hitting SCHIDLER, with a brass coupling yesterday. Magistrate CURTIS, in
Bridge Plaza court, discharged SCHIDLER, when he was satisfied he had no
intention of committing a burglary.
SCRAPPY HUSBAND IN POLICE TOILS
Alexander DIAMOND, 27, of 331 Keap street was paroled for a hearing do-day on
a charge of disorderly conduct in Bridge Plaza court. He will also have to
answer to an additional charge of disorderly conduct made by his wife,
Mrs. DIAMOND got a summons for her husband yesterday after she alleged he
beat her. When she served the summons he became angry, took their two weeks
old baby from the carriage in front of the door and then started off with the
carriage. Patrolman KAISER interfered and DIAMOND attempted to strike him
and was arrested on the disorderly conduct charge.
GIVES AWAY $2,000,000 IN ART, NOW SUED FOR WIFE'S RENT
78-Year-Old Beau Brummel Denies That He is Broke
A dignified 78 year old gentleman who walks New York streets attired as a
Beau Brummel of a hundred years ago and who gave away $2,000,000 art
collection two years ago, is a co-defendant in a suit against his wife for
non-payment of rent.
He is John GELLATLY, who has lived apart from his wife since he married her
last September as Charlayne COURTLAND. She said her paternal grandfather was
Col. John PEYTON, of Virginia and who claimed as her maternal grandfather
former United States Senator Richard H. WHITELY of Georgia.
The GELLATLYs were married in the Methodist Episcopal Church at Belle Anne,
Md., she said on the witness stand as she described their whirlwind courtship
, separation and the decline in the family fortune.
She is 35, divorced wife of Franklin Andrew PLUMMER, broker and aviator.
GELLATLY, who gave his $2,000,000 art collection to the Smithsonian
Institution in Washington, appeared in court wearing a blue jacket, flannel
trousers and flowing brilliant red tie to deny his ability to pay his wife's
$660 rent bill.
Ordinarily he appears on Broadway in cream trousers, tucked into high
polished boots, wearing a bright blue swallow-tail and brass buttons, and
topped by a tail black stock.
He gave away his art collection his wife testified, "to pose as a
philanthropist." An annuity of $3750 is all that remains of his former
wealth, she said.
GELLATLY testified he wife had deserted him. She said all he ever gave her
was $450, wedding and engagement rings and some furniture.
Decision in the suite was reserved until Sept. 10.
SISTER FINED FOR FIST FIGHT
When two sisters, scheduled to appear as opposing witnesses in a non-support
case, came to blows in the Flushing magistrates' court before the case was
called, both were fined $10 for disorderly conduct.
They are Mrs. Isabella GASTIN, of 94-17 Roosevelt avenue, Carona, and Mrs.
Catherine WOLFRUNN, of 810 Vermilyea avenue, the Bronx. The women were to
testify on charges of non-support made by their father against their brother,
when they staged a fist fight in the court room
Magistrate Peter DALY instructed Patrolman John FLYNN to arrest the
WOMAN IN JAIL PROTESTS WILL LEFT BY CONLIN
Widow, Held with De Pew in Homicide, Loses Estate
Mrs. Amy CONLIN, 37, who was with James DE PEW, 22, is being held in the
Queens County Jail under an indictment when charges that the indictment which
charges that the two caused the death of her husband, John CONLIN, has filed
with Surrogate John HETHERINGTON, of Queens, objections to the probating of a
will left by CONLIN.
The will directs that more than $1,000 personal property left by CONLIN, be
given to his brother, James CONLIN, of 37-09 Jamaica avenue, Long Island
Mrs. CONLIN, in his papers, which were submitted to the court by her
attorney, contentds that under the State law she is entitled to the estate.
She claims CONLIN
was out of sound mind, memory and understanding when the will was executed.
The attorney at the same time also filed objections on behalf of Mrs. CONLIN
and a creditor, Lillian SKOULTCHI, in CONLIN'S estate, to the granting of
letters testamentary to James CONLIN, the beneficiary.
Returning to his home at 31-32 8th avenue, Long Island City, on April 20,
CONLIN was shot and taken to St. John's Hospital, Long Island City. While a
CONLIN executed his will April 30th, excluding his wife as a beneficiary. He
died July 3 after paralysis developed. Mrs. CONLIN and DE PEW were charged
with homicide after police investigated the shooting.
5 September 1931
YOUTH 16, HELD AS MURDERER
Already freed in $5,000 bail on a charge of assault and robbery
Joseph DE MARCO, 16, OF 1631 42ND street, was rearrested today
on a charge of homicide when his alleged victim died.
DE MARCO is charged with being one of three men who on the night
of Aug. 28 forced their way into the apartemnt of Mrs. Sara DUKOFF,
wife of a rabbi and the 50 year old mother of 6 children, at 1282 42nd street.
Her assailants took $15 from Mrs. DUKOFF and beat her so badly they
fractured her skull, and she was taken to United Zion Hospital,
where she died last night.
Before she lapsed into a coma, however, she told Detectives GIDDINGS and
MCGOWN that the "ice boy robbed me".
JAIL FOLLOWS $100 DEMAND
Smoking a cigarette, Abraham BADIN, 21, of 394 Hopkinson avenue, walked into
the showroom of the Triple Novelty Slipper Company, 89 Bogard street,
yesterday and for the manger.
Lending a listening ear, Max GROSS of 824 Eastern parkway heard the youth say:
"One of my mob is in a jam and I need $100 to get him out, so shell across.
If you don't, I'll jut have to take you for a ride".
GROSS replied he didn't have $100 but that he could give a dollar and a job.
While BADIN was thinking over the proposition Patrolman JAQUILLARD of Stagg
street station arrived.
Later BADIN pleaded not guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct in Bridge
Plaza court. Magisrate George CURTIS held him in $500 bail for examination
on Sept. 9.
8 September 1931
"When you go to Raymond street jail keep by yourself, or you may learn
something you shouldn't know", Magistrate MALBIN advised Vincent
KRYSZTOFESKI, 17, of 178 Driggs avenue, in Bridge Place court yesterday.
The boy waived examination to a charge of petty larceny. He was held in $500
bail for Special Sessions. He stole a bicycle belonging to Peter SIMCHUCK of
180 Driggs avenue. It was worth $15. He sold it to Richard NEWTON of 232
Ainslie street for $3. The boy told the court he didn't know where his
father is and his stepmother has been unkind to him.
9 September 1931
WED 30 YEARS, SETTLE QUARREL
John HEYWOOD, 55, of 189 Harrison avenue, was in Bridge plaza court yesterday
to answer a charge of disorderly conduct made by his wife atherine, who said
he abused and threatened to kill her.
"For thirty years you two have apparently been happy." said Magistrate
MALBIN. "You haven't a great deal longer ot live and it seems to me you
should try to make the remianing days as happy as the first thirty years
The couple said they would try. Sentence was suspended. They kissed and
left court arm in arm.
10 September 19031
PAJAMA GIRLS GAIN FREEDOM
The case against two girls, arrested Aug. 29, for stealing a gay colored pair
of pajamas in the Burden & Company store at 163rd street and Jamaica avenue,
was dismissed by Magistrate DALY in Jamaica Court yesterday when the
complainant, Walter BURDEN, withdrew his charge against them.
The girls were Eva BOYD and Irene GENCY, both 23 years old and both living at
90-10 150th street, Jamaica. The pajamas were valued at $5.95 and the girls
were charged with petty larceny.
15 September 19031
OUT OF TOWNERS AWAIT SENTENCE
Frank McKENZIE, 24 Roxbury, Mass., and
Robert McKINTZ, 20, Pitsstown, Pa.,
pleaded guilty to holding up and robbing John CASTOLDANO, a taxicab driver,
of 1810 Baxter avenue, the Bronx, before Judge ADEL in Queens Country Court
The two men were arrested by Detective Wesley JUBER of the Newtown precinct
15 minutes after they had robbed CASTALDANO of $2. at the point of a
revolver, May 28th, at 100th street and 39th avenue, Corona.
According to police the pair had committed a series of similar crimes during
the three weeks before their capture. They will be sentenced on Friday.
16 September 1931
SIXTEEN MEN INDICTED BY QUEENS JURY
Charges Include Grand Larceny, Bigamy, Forgery and Auto Theft
Three Jamaica men alleged to have held up and robbed members at the Kings of
Pythias Club in Jamaica were indicted by the Queens Grand Jury yesterday in
charges of robbery and assault.
These named in the robbery true bill are:
Abraham EDELHERGTZ, 19, 81-78 161st street
Norman SHAPIRO, 10, 790 New Jersey avenue
Kopel SAMPELSON, 17, 85-66 159th street
It is alleged that they entered the club premises at 153 14 90th avenue,
Jamaica and escaped with $64 after cowing the members with drawn revolvers on
the night of July 26, last.
James WALKER, 23, a Negro, no home, was indicted on a charge of robbery in
connection with the theft of $2.25 from Frank HARNEY, a laborer of Ceder
Lane, Ozone Park.
ACCUSED OF BIGAMY
An indictment charging bigamy was returned against, John W. GRIMM, of 6
Bella place, Maspeth. He is alleged to have married Clara A. E. GRAY, in
Ridgewood on April 17 last, while he was still the husband of Mildred STASTS
GIMM of 70 Mansfield avenue, Roosevelt., L. I., who he married in 1921.
Official records show that GRIMM was convicted of another bigamy charge in
Nassau County in 1919 and sent to Sing Sing to serve two years and four months.
Indictments charging forger were returned against Frank REDO, no home, and
Raymond JEWELL of 90 Whitney avenue, Elmhurst.
Charged with the thefts of automobiles the following were indicted on grand
Terrence J. McMILLEN, 48-02 59th place, L. I. City
John KONIEOR, 75 McKibben street, Brooklyn
Charles A. HARRIS, 31-05 127th street, Flushing
Angelo DASTILLI, no home
Herbert GREEN, a Negro, of 31-30 Linden street, Flushing
HELD ON CHECK CHARGE
Ronald ACKLEY, 9-67 178th street, Jamaica, was indicted on a charge of grand
larceny. He is alleged to have forged and cashed a $550 check belonging to
Andrew MERKOWITZ, a garage owner at 181-05 Jamaica avenue, Jamaica, by whom
he was formerly employed as a bookkeeper.
An indictment charging forgery was returned against Carl MAYBECK, 120-20
114th avenue, Ozone Park. He is alleged to have forged an endorsement on a
$25 check and to have cashed it.
Michael DeROSE of 63 Fourth street, L.I. City, who is alleged to have stolen
$200 from a safe belonging to Mrs. Elizabeth TRUDDEN of the same address was
indicted on a grand larceny charge.
YOUTH IN AUTO FACES SIX CHARGES
Ferdinand SECKERT, 17, of 61-35 Gates avenue, Maspeth, was to appear in
Flushing court today to answer six charges after he led a dozen cops in a
wild chase through the street of Maspeth and caused injury to two of them.
SECKERT's auto was in a minor collision with another car at Fresh Pond road
yesterday. Patrolman PALERMO of Maspeth station gave chase in a police
flivver, firing shots in the air in an effort to stop SECKERT, who drove
Patrolman WOODS, of the East 35th street station, Manhattan, heard the shots
and attempted to halt the car. He was struck down and suffered a possible
fracture of his left wrist.
SECKERT was finally caught at Maspeth avenue and 59th street.
In the meantime, Patrolman PALERMO suffered a possible fracture of the wrist
when he struck the wheel of the police car.
SECKERT was booked on charges of assault in the third degree, reckless
driving leaving the scene of an accident, disorderly conduct, no operator's
or owner's licenses.
SHATTERED WAR VET WINS JUSTICE AFTER LONG FIGHT
John BIGGIN, Wounded Hero, Loses Criminal Stain, Goes to Hospital
John BIGGIN, World War veteran, will not get some treatment for the wounds
and scars that so far have brought him only decorations for bravery at the
County Judge CONWAY on the motion of District Attorney GEOGHAN has cleared
the way for BIGGIN to be taken care of at the Veterans' Hospital at
Back in 1917, when he was a boy of 18, full of health and lively enthusiasm,
BIGGIN enlisted and went to France as a member of Co.B, Motor Transport
Service, 5th Division. For 72 hours without sleep or rest, he carried in the
wounded in the Argonne drive after his corporal had been blown to death by
shrapnel. He also saw service at the front at St. Mihiel.
Still suffering from the effects of the flu and of being gassed, he left the
hospital at Luxenburg to return to his detail at the front.
ORDEAL SHATTERS MIND
Two citations for bravery were given him, and an honorable discharge after
the armistice. But BIGGIN returned home shattered in mind and body. He fell
afoul of the law, and in 1922 was sentenced to Sing Sing for burglary. But
from Sing Sine he was quickly transferred to Veterans Hospital 81, in the
Two years ago he was charged with robbery. He was adjudged insane and sent
to Mattawan. From there he was returned to the county court, not as sane but
as able to confer with council.
Then District Attorney GEOGHAN was asked by the American Legion to look into
the case of BIGGIN, which had never before come to his notice. The District
Attorney directed Dr. John J. A. O'REILLY, medical assistant district
attorney and Dr. Thomas S. CUSACK, prominent alienist, to examine BIGGIN.
Dr. O'REILLY and Dr. CUSACK both reported BIGGIN as mentally incompetent and
not responsible for his actions. They further declared that his condition
was entirely due to his experience under fire in the World War.
"To send this defendant", Dr. O'REILLY stated on the stand before Judge
CONWAY, "to an institution for the criminal insane would be an insult to his
wounds and the decorations he won for bravery. The stigma of criminality
should be lifted from him".
GETS JUSTICE AT LAST
"In order that this war veteran may go to the proper institution for
treatment," said District Attorney GEOHGAN to Judge CONWAY, "It is necessary
to have him cleared of this charge of robbery. I accept full and sole
responsibility for moving now for the dismissal of this charge.".
Judge CONWAY dismissed the charge. He committed BIGGIN to the Brooklyn State
HOSPITAL, where he will remain for a short time until arrangements have been
completed for his transfer to the Veterans' Hospital at Northrop.
BIGGER sat as if in a dream during the proceedings, as he heard nothing for
his hearing was shattered at the front in France.
BUHRMAN ESTATE LEFT TO FAMILY
An appraisal of the estate of Frederick W. BUHRMAN, president of the Buhrman
Sand and Gravel Corporation filed an approval with Surrogate John
HETHERINGTON in Queens, shows $285,099 gross assets and $273,234 net.
BUHRMAN died on June 17, 1930.
With the exception of $500 bequest to the Bayside Lodge, 999, F. & A. M., the
entire estate is to be shared equally by the nieces, Jessie BUHRMAN and 416
Main street, Port Washington, L. I.; Alice C. HEGEMAN and Emily V. DEACON,
both of 85-04 Bay 16th street, and Mary C. STRINGER of 144-25 Northern
boulevard, Flushing and the nephews, Alfred S. BAYLES of 299 Main street,
Port Washington, L. I.; and John BUHRMAN, 37 Mackey avenue from Washington, L. I.
The assets include $241,040 in stocks and bonds and $25,960 in mortgages and
21 September 1931
POSTPONE KNAPP TRIAL IN MINELOA
Trial of Philip K. KNAPP, member of a prominent family of Syracuse, N. Y. on
a charge of first degree murder was postponed to Oct. 5 by Nassau County
Judge SMITH at Mineola today at the request of Richard BROWN, District
Attorney, and of George M. LEVY, counsel for KNAPP.
KNAPP is accused of having shot and killed Louis PANELLA taxicab driver at
Hempstead Plains in July 1925. KNAPP was captured several months ago in West
Orange, N. J. where he was living and working as a garage mechanic.
22 September 1931
HELD FOR PISTOL; RECORD CHECKED
Police - Police today were checking up on the Chicago record of James
GHARNETT, 34, of 219 Scholes street, who appeared today in Manhattan police
lineup on a charge of violating the Sullivan law. Detectives WAGG and
CARROLL of Stagg street station followed at tip and searched GARNETT's home
where they found a .32 calibre revolver in a bureau drawer.
GARNETT faces arraignment in Bridge Plaza Court before Magistrate HAUBERT,
He came here seven months ago from Chicago after separating from his wife,
WORKHOUSE SENTENCE IN AUTO ACCIDENT
Found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident, Rellie MATTHEWS, 42, a
Negro of 159-11 108th avenue, South Jamaica, was sentenced to 30 days in the
workhouse by Justice
McINERNEY, DALE and KERNOCHAN in Queens Court of Special Sessions, yesterday.
MATTHEWS, was charged with driving his car into one operated by J. P.
MONTAGUE of 734 23rd street, North Bergen, N. J.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY OF STEALING AUTO
Pleas of not guilty to a charge of stealing an automobile where made by four
young men in Bridge Plaza Court yesterday. They were held in $1,000 bail
each for examination Friday.
They gave their names as Louis ELBERT 18, of 299 Devoe street; Alexander
NORGISE, 18, of 32 Ten Eyck street; Tho;mas FLANAGAN, 109, of 540 Grand
street and Emil WIEMAN, 19, 561 Grand Street.
23 September 1931
BLUE ACCEPTS MRS. COLLINGS' STORY AS TRUE
Suffolk Prosecutor Gives Clear Bill, But Wants Her at Inquest
HUNTINGTON, L. I., September 23 (UP) - Mrs. Benjamin P. COLLINGS has been
cleared of suspicion in the murder of her husband aboard the yacht Penguin in
Long Island Sound as far as District Attorney Alexander G. BLUE of Suffolk
County is concerned.
Mr. BLUE, whose first announcement when he took charge of the investigation
was that he believed the comely red-haired widow was not telling the truth,
announced his changed opinion after a lengthy conference with Felix
DiMARTINI, private investigator who spend all day yesterday questioning Mrs.
The prosecutor said she still told the original story about events of the
night of Sept. 10 - that two men boarded the cruiser, beat and cut her
husband, a retired engineer, tied him and tossed him overboard, and then took
her off in a canoe and attacked her.
Mrs. COLLINGS will be asked to appear at the resumption of the Corner's
inquest Friday, the prosecutor said.
"Mrs. Collings does not know the names of her assailants," BLUE said "but
she has given a good description of them."
"Has robbery been abandoned as a motive", he was asked.
"I cannot answer that question for reasons which I will keep to myself", he
Mrs. COLLINGS and her daughter, Barbara, are the only two persons involved in
the fantastic case whose identities are known. Barbara's story - she is a
child of six - has varied and been of no value to investigators.
Consequently authorities renewed their search today for a maniac and a youth
who fitted the descriptions of the men who killed COLLINGS.
The prosecutor announced last (continued on next page) for a paroled maniac,
a man suffering from dementia praecox. This was after Michael J. KING, shell
shocked war veteran, was eliminated as a suspect after it was learned he
escaped from the Kings Park State Hospital a day after the inexplicable
series of events in the Sound.
Mrs. COLLINS described the leader of the two men as a person between 40 and
50 years of age, powerfully built, closely cropped hair which was either
white or very light, a large nose and unusual eyes. He was clean shaven.
BLUE said the new suspect answered the description but that so many tips on
the case had "gone sour" he was not overly optimistic.
NINE ARRESTED, POLICE SOLVE DEMICA DEATH
Doctor Is Held, Charged With Failure to Report Gunshot Treatment
Nine persons, one of them a doctor, are being held at Police Headquarters
today for question in connection with the murder of Leonardi DEMICO, 30, of
826 Bedford avenue, whose body, with a bullet hole in the left eye, was found
lying the gutter on Skillman street, between Myrtle and Park avenues, on Aug. 29.
Their detention was brought about through the efforts of Patrolman William
PETERSOHN, Clymer street station, who was temporarily assigned to
plainclothes duty with the Brooklyn Homicide Bureau at his own request to
attempt to solve the mystery.
Those being held are Joseph THRISTINO, 31, of 326 Willoughby avenue, said to
be a policy racketeer, and Dominick RATTA, 27, of 944 Kent avenue, who,
police say, has a neatly dressed bullet wound in his right arm near the
elbow. Both are charged with being the actual killers.
AIDED WOUNDED MAN
The doctor being held is J. L. RIZZUTF of 215 Franklyn avenue, whom police
charge with dressing RATTA's bullet wound and failing to report it to the
police. The other six are listed as material witnesses. The only name given
out is that of Nicholas LA ROSA, who runs a confectionery store at 112
Skillman street, three doors from where DEMICA's body was found.
Police say that THRISTINO, RATTA, DEMICA, the dead man, and five of the
material witnesses now being held, met in the LA ROSA's store to organize the
Mutual Society of Italians. DEMICA is said to have engaged in an argument
with THRISTINO charging him with holding back on DEMICA's winnings on policy
THREW BODY OUT
A fight ensued and five shots were fired. DEMICA, police say, was shot
through the left eye and RATTA in the right arm. Everyone left the premises
and body of the dead man was thrown into the street, police say.
On information given ot PETERSOHN the nine persons were rounded up this
morning and brought to headquarters for questioning.
Capt. Ray HONAN of the Homicide Squad said that he has a witness who heard
the shots fired in the candy store and saw the men fleeing from the spot.
28 September 1931
EVA MACKAY'S KIDNAP CHARGE HOLDS 4 MEN AND 2 WOMEN
GANG ACCUSED BY VICE WITNESS SEIZED IN PACIFIC STREET HOUSE
Charged by Eva MACKAY, former vice probe witness, who recently recanted her
testimony against Chili ACUNA and attributed her alleged perjury to coaching by
Attorney Samuel LIEBOWIT, with kidnaping her and dragging her to an apartment
where she was forced to submit to numerous men, four men and two women will
have further hearings in Flatbush court today and tomorrow.
Miss MACKAY, who when she first came out of Harlem to testify that she had
been forced into white slavery by ACUNA, when defense counsel for accused vice
squad policeman were doing everything in their power to discredit the little
stool pigeon's testimony, was known as Esperanza BARGES MACKAY, signed the
complaints yesterday as Eva BARGES.
She alleged that she was kidnapped form her home, 136 West 72nd street,
Manhattan, and taken to house at 1237 Pacific street.
Those arrested are Giuseppe BENINATI, 47, of 1951 Pitkin avenue.
Michael CERILLO, 31, of 341 Glenmore avenue.
Nicholas LENTINI, 42, of 332 Vermont street.
Casimir CAVALLUZZO, 57, and his wife Jennie of 1237 Pacific street.
Miss Ann FOX, 21, of 215 Delancy street, Manhattan.
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29 September 1931
KNAPP FACES LIFE TERM IN SLAYING OF TAXI DRIVER
Rich Syracusan Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder
Frank K. KNAPP, 30, son of a prominent Syracuse family, faced a sentence to
20 years to life in Sing Sing prison today as a result of his plea of guilty to
second degree murder in connection with the death of Louis PANELLA, a taxicab
KNAPP's please was accepted by the State to avoid trial on the first degree
murder charge which had been filed against the young man. Judge Lewis J. SMITH
in Nassau County court pronounced sentence.
KNAPP was the object of a six year search that led detectives into several
foreign countries after the body of PANELLA was found under a stone pile near
Camp Mills, July 4, 1925. At that time KNAPP was enlisted in the air corps at
Subsequently the young man was found living in West Orange, N. J., with his
second wife, Eleanor HILL KNAPP.
His wife and parents, William and Julia KNAPP, of Syracuse, were present at
the hearing yesterday.
"I am here to stick with Phil through the length of his trial", his mother
said on her arrival. I believe he was insane before the killing of PANELLA and
I had consulted my attorney with the intention of having him committed to some
institution. There never could have been a motive for such a foolish act on
KNAPP's father, said his wife "brought salvation to him" and that his parents
were "profoundly grateful".
Before leaving court George MORTON LEVY of Freeport, KNAPP's attorney said:
"I want to get this on the record. The defendant is still married to Fanny
TAAB of Baltimore and this marriage has not been dissolved".
LEVY declined to explain his statement.
HOPE OF SHARE IN CONLIN WILL LOST TO WIDOW
Her Objection to Probate Overruled by Queens Surrogate
With the decision of Surrogate HETHERINGTON of Queen Surrogates Court, to
admit the John T. CONLIN will to probate, the hope of widow, Mrs. Amy CONLIN, now
under indictment in connection with his murder, to obtain a share of his
estate have been definitely ended.
Mrs. CONLIN on Sept. 1, filed objections to her husband's will which left his
entire estate valued at about $1,000 to his brother, James CONLIN of 37-09
Jamaica avenue, Long Island City, and named him as executor. She questioned
whether the will had been written by her husband, expressed her belief that, if
it had been, it was not his last will, and claimed that, if the will truly
represented his expressed wishes at the time, he was not in his normal state and
was not acting freely and without constraint.
Mrs. COLLINS (as written) also objected to the naming of the brother, James,
as executor on the grounds that he did not have sufficient finances to insure
the efficient settlement of the claims of creditors.
Upon the written testimony of the two witnesses present at the execution of
the will on April 30, Mary A. PRAG of 21-56 29th street and Francis KENNA of
43-31 Crescent street, Long Island City, that CONLIN was in a normal state and
was acting freely and without constraint. Surrogate HETHERINGTON ruled that
the will be admitted to probate.
He also ruled that James CONLIN (the rest of the article is missing)
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