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Their First Murder

Date October 8, 1941
Location New York United States
Dimensions Image: 10 1/2 x 13 5/8 in. (26.7 x 34.6 cm)
Paper: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Mat: 18 x 22 in. (45.7 x 55.9 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

"Brooklyn School Children see Gambler Murdered in Street
Pupils were leaving P.S. 143, [Sixth Ave. and Roebling St.] in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, at 3:15 yesterday when Peter Mancuso, 22, described by police as a small time gambler, pulled up in a 1931 Ford at a traffic light a block from the school. Up to the car stepped a waiting gunman, who fired twice and escaped through the throng of children. Mancuso, shot through the head and heart, struggled to the board and collapsed dead on the pavement. Above are some of the spectators. The older woman is Mancuso's aunt, who lives in the neighborhood, and the boy tugging at the hair of the girl in front of him is her son, hurrying away from her. Below is what they saw as a priest, flanked by an ambulance doctor and a detective, said the last rites of the Church over the body."
PM Daily, October 9, 1941, Vol. II, No. 82, p. 15


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Purchase, with funds provided by the bequest of Wilma Wilcox, 1997

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