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Friday, June 18, 2010

If I said it once, I said it a thousand times. If you live in Prohibition Era NYC never look in the back seat of cars you don't recognize

Back on this date in 1926 a Chrysler sedan was left in a west Harlem neighborhood. Seeing that it unfamiliar to the residents the block, after a number of hours had passed some one looked inside and there in the back seat was the body of Charles Caffrey with two bullets in his chest.

Caffrey was a twenty-five year old ex-convict with a record of about ten arrests. The police were fairly certain that he was killed in a Harlem apartment house because they received a call saying that shots were fired and a resident of the building told police that he saw three men supporting a fourth exit the building and when he asked what was wrong, was told that the man was sick and they were helping him get a cab.

The only problem was that the witness said the victim was about 6 ft tall and was wearing a blue suit when Caffrey was only about 5’6 and was wearing a brown suit. Police however felt that the witnesses made an error and that the victim was indeed Caffrey because they found two spent cartridges in the upper apartment and a hat out front that fit his head perfectly. The cops called the murder a ‘Thieves fight”.

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