Burnett Revokes Cabaret License

This article appears to be from around April or May 1933.  I’m not sure why it was in the scrapbook, unless simply for its reference to two men who were eventually implicated in the kidnapping of John “Butch” O’Connell, Jr., the “Prince of Albany” in 1933.  John “Sonny” McGlone and Charles Harrigan were both already serving 25 years in Alcatraz for a Massachusetts mail truck robbery in 1935.  McGlone and Harrigan were convicted in 1937 and sentenced to 77 years in Alcatraz.  McGlone was paroled in 1960 and died in 1982. Harrigan was paroled in 1959 and died in 1988 in Long Island.  Apparently that kidnapping was a pretty big deal at the time.  See more info here  and here.


Commissioner D. Frederick Burnett today revoked the liquor license of the Silver Grille, Inc., 5148 Boulevard, West New York, on charges that the establishment was used as a habitual congregating place for racketeers and criminals, also that the apparent owners of the place were in fact “dummies.”  No appearance was made on behalf of the licensee when ordered to show cause why the action should not be taken.

On April 22, representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office visited the establishment, now known as “Vanity Fair,” and found John McGlone, Charles Harrigan, Tony Martini, and Jim Murphy seated at a table in the rear of the premises. As the Prosecutor’s men entered, McGlone dropped a pearl handled revolver and a wallet beneath the table.

Search revealed a second revolver hidden beneath some newspapers. The four men were arrested and the first three convicted under the disorderly persons act. Both McGlone and Harrington [sic] have criminal records.

Charles Connington, legal owner of the place, admitted that he was “simply a dummy.”  At the time of the arrest, keys of the cash register were found in McGlone’s possession.

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