this day in crime history: march 8, 1952

On this date in 1952, clothing salesman Arnold Schuster was shot and killed outside his home in Brooklyn, NY.  A month earlier, Schuster had been riding the subway home from work when he recognized a fellow rider as wanted bank robber Willie “The Actor” Sutton.  Schuster followed Sutton from the subway to a nearby garage, where Sutton went to work changing the battery on his car.  Schuster then tipped off the police who arrested Sutton.

Schuster’s murder was never solved.  Years later, mob turncoat Joe Valachi testified that mob boss Albert Anastasia ordered the murder after seeing Schuster on the TV show I’ve Got a Secret.  Anastasia had no connection to Sutton, he just hated “squealers”.  Five years later, Anastasia would find himself on the receiving end of a “hit”, orchestrated by rival boss Vito Genovese, and Anastasia’s underboss Carlo Gambino.

Further reading:

Gambino.com – Arnold Schuster

Find a Grave – Arnold Schuster

Wikipedia – Arnold Schuster

7 Responses to “this day in crime history: march 8, 1952”

  1. 1 Brittius
    March 8, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Reblogged this on Brittius.com.


  2. March 10, 2014 at 7:46 am

    This is why doing a good deed comes with a price in parts of the world.


  3. March 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

    John D.:
    Aggie got it right.
    I was gonna say “no good deed ever goes unpunished”…same deal.😉

    Good post.

    Roll safe.


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