Staten Island Slayings: Murderers & Mysteries of the Forgotten Borough

Staten Island Slayings: Murderers & Mysteries of the Forgotten Borough

by Patricia M. Salmon

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Staten Island saw its share of violence and murder as it transformed from a sleepy community to an urban outer borough. The 1920 discovery of a woman's body by two young boys walking their dog remains unsolved. An inmate at Sailors' Snug Harbor--a retirement home for seamen--shot a preacher in cold blood. Shocking and horrific stories of killers and their victims such as these plague Staten Island's otherwise pleasant past. From the handsome soldier convicted of his Russian wife's shooting in New Dorp Beach to the New Brighton guard beaten to death while protecting seized whiskey during Prohibition, local historian Patricia Salmon uncovers Staten Island's most chilling tales of infamous and long-forgotten acts of violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625852816
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Murder & Mayhem
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Patricia Salmon retired as curator of history for the Staten Island Museum in 2012. A Staten Island resident for almost fifty years, she was a naturalist/historian at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in that borough for eight years. Ms. Salmon has authored three books and is a board member of the Tottenville Historical Society. She is an adjunct professor at Wagner College in Staten Island and a guest contributor to the "Memories"? column of the Staten Island Advance.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Notes to the Reader 13

1 Fascinating Disclosures 15

2 The Refusal 25

3 Killed by a Sword Cane 27

4 "You'll Expose Me; I Know You Will!" 33

5 A Knife in the Temple 39

6 Dueling: With Keen-Edged Spades 45

7 Dancer with a Wooden Leg (or The Presence of Prevalent Prejudice in the Absence of Political Correctness) 55

8 A Rum Raid Gone Awry 63

9 Placed in Jeopardy-Nightly 69

10 A Former Cabaret Beauty and Her Dashing Young Sergeant 71

11 Unanswered for Eighty-Three Years 75

12 A Case of Murder-A Most Brutal One 79

Notes 109

Bibliography 115

About the Author 125

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