Wicked Monmouth County

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During the early twentieth century, Monmouth County saw more than its fair share of crime, conspiracy and corruption. In the midst of the Prohibition and Great Depression Eras, Detectives Jacob Rue, William Mustoe (“the man who could make a horse talk”) and Harry Crook investigated, and sometimes participated in, much illegal activity. The careers of these fascinating men included investigations of brutal murders, ruthless gangsters, an attempted cyanide poisoning, the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby and a ...
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Overview

During the early twentieth century, Monmouth County saw more than its fair share of crime, conspiracy and corruption. In the midst of the Prohibition and Great Depression Eras, Detectives Jacob Rue, William Mustoe (“the man who could make a horse talk”) and Harry Crook investigated, and sometimes participated in, much illegal activity. The careers of these fascinating men included investigations of brutal murders, ruthless gangsters, an attempted cyanide poisoning, the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby and a search for a vicious escaped leopard. From burglaries and bootleggers to speakeasies and swindlers, join historian George Joynson as he uncovers some of the county’s seediest stories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596299979
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/9/2010
  • Series: Wicked Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,370,933
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

George Joynson is an alumnus of Bryant University of Smithfield, Rhode Island, and received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. Currently he is president of Holmdel Historical Society and serves as historian for Holmdel Township. An avid professional genealogy researcher, Joynson can be reached at gj@gjoynson.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Section 1 Detective Jacob B. Rue Jr. (1873-1933)

Rue's Early Years 11

Career on the Good Side 27

Four Years as County Detective 35

Rue in the Private Sector 51

Caiazzo and Woolley Murder Investigations 63

Ayers Captured a Third Time 71

Bootlegger Salvatore Santaniello 77

Section 2 Detective William S. Mustoe (1890-1981)

Mustoe's Early Years 83

Escaped Leopard 87

Captures, Confessions and Kidnappings 93

Section 3 Detective Harry B. Crook Sr. (1891-1973)

Gangsters in a Turf War 107

Spring Lake Teacup Poisoning 117

Naughright Investigation 123

Appendix A Monmouth County Detectives, 1892-1966 131

Appendix B Monmouth County Prosecutors, 1828-2010 133

Appendix C Rue Chronology 135

Appendix D Mustoe Chronology 139

Appendix E Crook Chronology 141

References 143

Index 145

About the Author 157

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