Murder & Mayhem in the Catskills

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Stylish resorts, breathtaking vistas and glittering lakes are hallmarks of the Catskills region. But since the pre-Revolutionary era, this seemingly idyllic vacationland has been a theater for some of mankind's darkest deeds and evildoers, including the notorious Murder, Inc. Caroline Crane explores the stories behind the bodies and bones that turn up here, from the bizarre hex murder at Stone Arch Bridge to the murderous escapades of "Lethal Lizzie." Meet Claudius Smith, the hotheaded Tory outlaw who terrorized ...
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Stylish resorts, breathtaking vistas and glittering lakes are hallmarks of the Catskills region. But since the pre-Revolutionary era, this seemingly idyllic vacationland has been a theater for some of mankind's darkest deeds and evildoers, including the notorious Murder, Inc. Caroline Crane explores the stories behind the bodies and bones that turn up here, from the bizarre hex murder at Stone Arch Bridge to the murderous escapades of "Lethal Lizzie." Meet Claudius Smith, the hotheaded Tory outlaw who terrorized local colonists, and Dutch Schultz, the mobster whose fortune still lies buried in the mountains. Murder & Mayhem in the Catskills provides a fascinating glimpse into the shadowy heart of the mountains and reveals the area's surprising connections to some of America's most infamous criminals.
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For mysterious, instinctual reasons, murder grasps and holds our attention. Even the best of us can't get enough of the worst of us. Caroline Crane's Murder & Mayhem in the Catskills feeds on that insatiable need by providing readers with riveting accounts of homicide and other dark deeds in this idyllic Upstate New York mountain region. Among the miscreants who receive star treatment in this book are Dutch Schultz, Lethal Lizzie, and Tory hothead Claudius Smith.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596295483
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/5/2008
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 551,944
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     5
Introduction     7
Early Bloodshed     11
Joseph Brant, the Border Wars and the Revolution     12
Claudius Smith, Tory Outlaw     18
"Gross" Hardenburgh     21
The Unhappy Servant     25
Strange Murders     29
Love or Obsession?     29
The Blacksmith and the Carpenter     31
Hex Murder at the Stone Arch Bridge     33
Lethal Lizzie     36
Bodies in the Catskills     41
The Saga of Walter Sage     42
The Bridegroom     44
The Frenchman     45
The Cabdriver     46
The Lime Pit     47
Murder, Incorporated     49
Jack "Legs" Diamond     51
Lepke Buchalter     55
Jacob Shapiro     61
Waxey Gordon     63
Jacob "Jack" Drucker     65
Abe Reles     66
"Dukey" and "Pretty"     68
Albert "Allie" Tannenbaum     71
Dutch Schultz and His Hidden Treasure     72
The Roundup     79
Joe Bonanno     81
Joseph Tomasello     83
Mysterious Remains     87
The Oldest Courthouse Inhabitant     87
Only One Bone     88
Ashes Are Ashes     89
Murder and Mayhem in the Modern Era     91
The "Reverend"     91
A Very Bad Habit     93
Guest in the Catskills     95
The Intruder     98
She Trusted Him     100
The Iron Fist     103
A Family Affair     106
"Yankee Jim"     107
Done in by a Parachute Cord     109
References     115
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