Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression

Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression

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Reflecting on a sensational murder trial from the late 1930s, this chronicle focuses upon the death of Harry Barck, a poormaster who was granted the authority to decide who would and would not receive public aid in Hoboken, New Jersey. Unemployed mason Joe Scutellaro was said to have stabbed Barck in the heart with a paper spike after the poormaster suggested that Scutellaro’s wife prostitute herself on the streets rather than ask the city for aid. A legal team… (more)

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Publisher: Chicago Review Press (October 01, 2012)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 320 pages

File size: 1.6 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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