The Havre Daily News (Havre, Montana), 30 Apr 1928, p. 1, col. 6 (courtesy of Newspapers.com)

14 Jersey Victims of Noble Experiment

I’m not sure what newspaper this was from or when it was actually published, just that it was after October 1930.  I have no idea why Pop would have saved this article, but it’s in his scrapbook, so I’m including it here.  Additional information found on the individuals mentioned in this article is provided in brackets.

1931 01 - List of 14 Jersey Victims of Noble Experiment

List of Fourteen Jersey Victims of Noble Experiment

Fourteen men have been put on the spot in the gang wars between hijackers and rum-runners in Bergen and Passaic counties.  The list of the “martyrs” follows:

Jan. 22, 1927 — Marry [sic Harry] (Schwabbles) Joachim, hijacker, slain in Lincoln inn, Paterson.  Michael Spinella sought as murderer.  [Harry’s brother was also wounded in the attack.  Spinella was the proprietor of the Lincoln Inn.  This Spinella may be the future crime boss who was later deported back to Italy, but snuck back into the U.S. through Florida and continued his criminal activities. He died in 1971. You can read more about his deportation and re-entry here.  He was acquitted of the Joachim murder in February 1934.]

The Brookly Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY), 22 Jan 1927, p 22 col 6; courtesy Newspapers.com
The Brookly Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY), 22 Jan 1927, p 22 col 6; courtesy Newspapers.com

Nov. 15, 1927 — Thomas Di Floramo, hijacker, slain in a field near Totowa section of Paterson.

April 28, 1928 — Big Frank Logioco, owner of Ye Olde Time inn, Garfield, slain in pistol battle with hijackers.  [This story made news as far away as Havre, Montana and El Paso, Texas; see article below]

April 28, 1928 — Arthur (Yigi) Huff, gunman, slain in raid on Ye Olde Time inn. [Likely the “tough guy” referenced in the article below]

The Havre Daily News (Havre, Montana), 30 Apr 1928, p. 1, col. 6 (courtesy of Newspapers.com)
The Havre Daily News (Havre, Montana), 30 Apr 1928, p. 1, col. 6 (courtesy of Newspapers.com)

May 21, 1928 — Alexander (Schmutzy) Szabo, beer runner, slain by hijackers in Passaic garage.  [Szabo gave a deathbed statement identifying the four “hoodlums” who attacked him as payback for stealing their ale burner.  James (Cockeye) O’Leary, the only surviving assailant, would not be convicted until 1957.]

The Times-News (Hendersonville, NC) 21 Mar 1957 p 11 col 4, courtesy Google News
The Times-News (Hendersonville, NC) 21 Mar 1957 p 11 col 4, courtesy Google News

March 17, 1930 — Milton (Doll) Green, hijacker, slain in Paterson apartment by associates.  [Apparent suicide determined to be murder. See article below]

The New York Sun, 18 Mar 1930, p 4 col 3-4; courtesy FultonHistory.com
The New York Sun, 18 Mar 1930, p 4 col 3-4; courtesy FultonHistory.com

April 12, 1930 — Archie Senville, hijacker, slain by beer runners and body taken to Newark.  [Former pugilist (“the bearded wonder”) turned gangster gunned down while driving his car.  He survived three other attempts on his life].

The Lockport Union Sun & Journal (Lockport, NY), 11 Apr 1930, p 16 col 3
The Lockport Union Sun & Journal (Lockport, NY), 11 Apr 1930, p 16 col 3 (courtesy Newspapers.com)

 

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY), 2 Jul 1929, p 19 col 6 (courtesy Newspapers.com)

April 27, 1930 — Michael (Big Mike) Redding, beer runner, slain by hijackers.

May 30, 1930 — Anthony (Sparky) Wilda, hijacker, slain by beer men in Passaic.  Body taken to Paramus.

May 30, 1930 — William (Wild Bill) Schlessinger, same fate as Wilda.

June 1, 1930 — Frank Lovulla, beer runner, dies of wounds inflicted by hijackers.

[Wilda and Schlessinger apparently shot Lovulla and left him for dead. Lovulla’s friends then apparently tortured and killed Wilda and Schlessinger.  Lovulla was a former partner of “Big Frank” Logioco killed earlier (see above)]

The Brookly Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY), 31 May 1930 p 3 col 1, courtesy Newspapers.com
The Brookly Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY), 31 May 1930 p 3 col 1, courtesy Newspapers.com

Aug. 3, 1930 — Peter Curapolo, beer runner, slain in Garfield.  [Gunned down on his porch in front of his wife]

The Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA), 4 Aug 1930, p 3 col 3; courtesy Newspapers.com
The Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA), 4 Aug 1930, p 3 col 3; courtesy Newspapers.com

Oct. 16, 1930 — Morris (Mushy) Friedman, hijacker, slain in Paterson by beer men. [John “Johnny King” Yerzy and Morris “Fat” Berliner, went to Mushy’s home and chased him for several blocks before riddling him with bullets.  They justified it by claiming they had warned him to stop hijacking his beer trucks.  I don’t know whether Berliner was ever captured and/or convicted.]

The Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA), 17 Oct 1930, p 21 col 6; courtesy Newspapers.com
The Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA), 17 Oct 1930, p 21 col 6; courtesy Newspapers.com
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY), 18 Oct 1930, p 1 col 3; courtesy Newspapers.com
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY), 18 Oct 1930, p 1 col 3; courtesy Newspapers.com

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