Police felt that Michael Stenson- drilled 96-years ago today in the Chelsea section of Manhattan- was a member of the Marginal gang and killed as a result of the death of "Tanner" Smith. An eyewitness to the murder stated that Stenson and another man had been walking together when an argument broke out. During the argument Stenson’s companion drew a gun and shot him then ran away as Stenson doubled over.
Stenson regained his composure and
drew his own gun and began to chase his assailant but dropped dead in
the middle of some streetcar tracks. To add intrigue
to the killing, the rumor was floated that Stenson’s murder
may have been premeditated and had the ok from powerful men because,
although the police denied it, a witness said that there was a cop on
the corner who watched the whole thing go down but did not interfere.