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Looking Back: August 17, 2012

1912 Police in Newark, N.J., have arrested a number of figures in a major check-kiting scheme. Morris Lubin, Jacob Lubin and Samuel Freedman, all Newark residents, were arrested after being followed by detectives. One of their gang, who apparently noticed the detectives who were tracking them, managed to slip away; the person remains unknown. Another person involved in the game, 22 year-old Esther Haykin, was arrested on check-kiting charges two weeks prior. The police accused the gang of passing false and stolen checks in banks around the Newark and New York City area. The leaders of the gang are allegedly the Lubins, who, it was recently discovered, are wanted for similar swindles in Lincoln, Neb., and in Dallas. Morris Lubin is also wanted for jumping bail in New York last winter.Read More


Looking Back: August 10, 2012

1912 Mrs. Sadie Teitelbaum and her brother, Benjamin Silver, have been indicted for the murder of one Leo Scamen in Brooklyn. Teitelbaum and Scamen ran a restaurant on Surf Avenue in Coney Island. Scamen was found just outside the restaurant, dying of a gunshot wound. As Scamen was rushed to the hospital, police entered the restaurant and inquired of Teitelbaum and Silver as to the events that resulted in Scamen’s shooting. Both claimed not to have heard any shots fired and to know nothing. Police asked Scamen who shot him, but he couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say. He died two days later. When Brooklyn police returned to the restaurant to investigate further, it was discovered that Teitelbaum and Silver had fled. The pair was subsequently found in Maine, and local police returned the siblings to Brooklyn. Read More


Looking Back: August 10, 2012

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Looking Back: August 3, 2012

Joseph Sidernscher, better known as Whitey Lewis, was arrested as an accomplice in the murder of Herman “Beansie” Rosenthal. Initially it appeared that Lewis had a watertight alibi, but after a few hours in police custody, he appeared distressed, as the police were able to link him to the two other suspects.Read More


Looking Back: July 27, 2012

Arrests continue to be made for the murder of gambler Herman “Beansie” Rosenthal, who was gunned down in front of Manhattan’s Hotel Metropole.Read More


Looking Back: July 20, 2012

After dozens of detectives searched high and low for Bronx resident Nathan Schwartz, the main suspect in the murder of 12-year-old Julia Connors, the suspect was found dead from gas asphyxiation in a room on Chrystie Street in Manhattan’s Lower East SideRead More


Looking Back: July 6, 2012

Annie Hoffman ran out into the street screaming after her Brooklyn candy store caught fire.Read More


Looking Back: July 6, 2012

Annie Weiss, 16, was dragged before Magistrate Corrigan in Manhattan’s Centre Street Courthouse on the charge that she was the ringleader of a band of young thieves.Read More


Looking Back: June 29, 2011

A gang of Italians held a pogrom in Manhattan, on 114th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, during which two Jews were shot and grievously wounded.Read More


Looking Back: June 15, 2012

After Big Jack Zelig, a gangster from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, survived a recent shooting in a gang war between the Jewish gang headed by “Kid Twist” and the Italian gang led by Jack Sirocco, he took the stand to testify against his assailants.Read More





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