Squealer’s End

What Happens To Squealer’s

This is not The Sopranos or The Godfather.

75 years ago, gangsters did really nasty things to you, if you talked to the cops.

The back of this Acme news photograph sums it up:

Trussed from head to foot, the body of Samuel Silverman is examined by Deputy Medical Examiner Romeo Auerbach. The victim was found in a car parked in Brooklyn, N.Y. with three bullets in his skull. Police believe Silverman was killed for “putting the finger” on other men involved in a hold up, for which he was out on bail.  July 16, 1937

Silverman , 25, who lived at 869 Hopkinson Avenue, Brooklyn, was found in front of 324 East 91st Street, Brooklyn on July 15, 1937. The body was discovered at 5 pm by a youth who happened to glance inside the parked car.

Silverman had been arrested for robbery at 107 West 41st Street on June 11, after he had attempted to hold-up passengers in an elevator in that building. Later another man was arrested and the police theorized that Silverman had squealed, leading to his being “taken for a ride” and rubbed out a month later.

A few hours later, at 2 am, on July 16, less than a half mile from where Silverman’s body was discovered, an unidentified man was found dead, burned beyond recognition in an automobile that was set ablaze at 95th Street between Avenues A and B. The automobile which was also burned beyond identification was doused with gasoline. It was never determined if there was a connection between the two deaths.

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