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Gerald Chapman...



Item # 555051

March 24, 1925

THE DAY, New London, Connecticut, March 24, 1925 

* Gerald Chapman 
* Prohibition era outlaw 
* Trial starts 

This 16 page newspaper has a three column headline on the front page: "CHAPMAN, JESSE JAMES OF CENTURY, PLACED ON TRIAL FOR HIS LIFE IN HARTFORD" with subheads that include: "Picturesque Bandit, Manacled to Prison Guard, Brought from State Prison at Wethersfield" and more with related map.

Other news of the day throughout. A few small binding holes along spine, otherwise in nice condition.

wikipedia notes: On October 12, 1924, while on a crime spree in Connecticut, Chapman murdered Police Officer James Skelly of the New Britain Police Department. He was then recaptured on January 18, 1925, in Muncie, Indiana, based on authorities being tipped off by informant Ben Hance. During his apprehension, Chapman fired at a police officer but missed. By this time the authorities wanted Chapman's crime wave ended. President Calvin Coolidge was convinced to reduce the robbery sentence of Chapman in Federal Prison to time served, and Chapman was then handed over to the Connecticut authorities.

Both Hance and his wife were found dead eight months later on August 11, 1925. Authorities suspected their deaths may have been attributed to Anderson in revenge for betraying Chapman to the police. On October 31, 1925 Dutch Anderson and Police Officer Charles Hammond confronted each other in a narrow ally in Muskegon, Michigan. In the ensuing gunfight both men were killed.

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