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"John Shafran"

Date 1940
Location New York United States
Dimensions Image: 13 9/16 x 10 1/2 in. (34.4 x 26.7 cm)
Paper: 14 1/4 x 11 in. (36.2 x 27.9 cm)
Mat: 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)
Framed: 24 11/16 x 20 11/16 in. (62.7 x 52.5 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

Twenty-nine-year-old John Shafran shot Thomas O'Sullivan, a widowed father of four, while attempting to evade arrest for molesting a girl in Central Park. Shafran obtained the gun during his struggles with three police officers. The homeless Shafran claimed that "his sixth sense told him to shoot the officers since he could not allow himself to be arrested." PM Daily, September 9, 1940 (variant)


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Credit line

Bequest of Wilma Wilcox, 1993

Feedback Accession No. 2374.1993