Today marks the 112th anniversary of Constantine Steiger alias Fritz Meyer, saddling up and riding the lightning at Sing Sing. Why did Fritz sitz in the hot seat?
Three years previously Steiger was in the process
of robbing the poor box in the Church of the Holy Redeemer on Third Street
between aves. A & B when he set off the alarm. Two priest called for the
police and two cops came to investigate. One of them, Patrolman Fred Smith
walked in on him and Steiger, who was already wanted for the murder
of the bell ringer (When's the last time you saw that on a resume?)
for the Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Williamsburg Brooklyn, shot and killed the
Officer Smith’s partner saw Steiger trying to escape through a window and yelled
to some pedestrians who captured him. Some how, along the walk to the precinct house Steiger suffered many
abrasions and contusions.