Recollections of a New York Chief of Police

I am entirely aware that resistance to the draft was the first incentive to these disturbances ; but in New York , as in all large centres of population , where any set of men makes a demonstration to ventilate its grievances , there ...

Author: George Washington Walling


ISBN: HARVARD:32044011860475

Category: Crime

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Five Points

What Brought Thee Hither?, 97,105; E. Idell Zeisloft, ed., The New Metropolis (New York, 1899), 271. 43. Walling, Recollections of a New York Chief of Police, 423; Wong, “Chinese in New York,” 305. 44. Wong, “Chinese in New York,” 306; ...

Author: Tyler Anbinder

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439137741

Category: History

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The very letters of the two words seem, as they are written, to redden with the blood-stains of unavenged crime. There is Murder in every syllable, and Want, Misery and Pestilence take startling form and crowd upon the imagination as the pen traces the words." So wrote a reporter about Five Points, the most infamous neighborhood in nineteenth-century America, the place where "slumming" was invented. All but forgotten today, Five Points was once renowned the world over. Its handful of streets in lower Manhattan featured America's most wretched poverty, shared by Irish, Jewish, German, Italian, Chinese, and African Americans. It was the scene of more riots, scams, saloons, brothels, and drunkenness than any other neighborhood in the new world. Yet it was also a font of creative energy, crammed full of cheap theaters and dance halls, prizefighters and machine politicians, and meeting halls for the political clubs that would come to dominate not just the city but an entire era in American politics. From Jacob Riis to Abraham Lincoln, Davy Crockett to Charles Dickens, Five Points both horrified and inspired everyone who saw it. The story that Anbinder tells is the classic tale of America's immigrant past, as successive waves of new arrivals fought for survival in a land that was as exciting as it was dangerous, as riotous as it was culturally rich. Tyler Anbinder offers the first-ever history of this now forgotten neighborhood, drawing on a wealth of research among letters and diaries, newspapers and bank records, police reports and archaeological digs. Beginning with the Irish potato-famine influx in the 1840s, and ending with the rise of Chinatown in the early twentieth century, he weaves unforgettable individual stories into a tapestry of tenements, work crews, leisure pursuits both licit and otherwise, and riots and political brawls that never seemed to let up. Although the intimate stories that fill Anbinder's narrative are heart-wrenching, they are perhaps not so shocking as they first appear. Almost all of us trace our roots to once humble stock. Five Points is, in short, a microcosm of America.
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Governing New York City

Walling, George W., Recollections of a New York Chief of Police. Caxton Book Co., New York, 1887. Memoirs of the head of New York's Police Department before consolidation of the city. Warner, Emily Smith, with Daniel Hawthorne, ...

Author: Wallace Sayre

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

ISBN: 9781610446860

Category: Political Science

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This widely acclaimed study of political power in a metropolitan community portrays the political system in its entirety and in balance—and retains much of the drama, the excitement, and the special style of New York City. It discusses the stakes and rules of the city's politics, and the individuals, groups, and official agencies influencing government action.
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A Pickpocket s Tale The Underworld of Nineteenth Century New York

On the widespread belief that most, if not all, Chinese men smoked opium, see George W. Walling, Recollections of a New York Chief of Police (New York, 1887), 419–20; Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives (New York, 1890), 94–95; ...

Author: Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393341331

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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"A remarkable tale."—Chicago Tribune In George Appo's world, child pickpockets swarmed the crowded streets, addicts drifted in furtive opium dens, and expert swindlers worked the lucrative green-goods game. On a good night Appo made as much as a skilled laborer made in a year. Bad nights left him with more than a dozen scars and over a decade in prisons from the Tombs and Sing Sing to the Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where he reunited with another inmate, his father. The child of Irish and Chinese immigrants, Appo grew up in the notorious Five Points and Chinatown neighborhoods. He rose as an exemplar of the "good fellow," a criminal who relied on wile, who followed a code of loyalty even in his world of deception. Here is the underworld of the New York that gave us Edith Wharton, Boss Tweed, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Pretty Evil New York

Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1991. Van Elkan Lyons, Sophie. Why Crime Does Not Pay. New York: J. S. Ogilvie, 1913. Walling, George W. Recollections of a New York Chief of Police.

Author: Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781493055012

Category: History

Page: 264

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Female criminals are often portrayed as caricatures: Black Widows, Queenpins, Mob Molls, or Femme Fatales. But the real stories are much more fascinating and complex.In Pretty Evil New York author Elizabeth Kerri Mahon takes you on a journey through a rogue’s gallery of some of New York’s most notable female criminals. Drawing on newspaper coverage and other primary sources, this collection of historical true crime stories chronicles eleven women who were media sensations in their day, making headlines across the country decades before radio, television, or social media. Roxalana Druse, the last woman to be hanged in New York; Ruth Snyder, immortalized in James M. Cain’s novella Double Indemnity; serial killer Lizzie Halliday, nicknamed the Worst Woman in the World, who became a Hudson Valley legend; Celia Cooney, the Bobbed Hair Bandit; and Stephanie St. Clair, who rose to the top of the numbers game and then made Harlem cheer when she stood up to mobster Dutch Schultz. Alongside them are some forgotten felons, whose stories, though less well-known, are just as fascinating. Spurred by passion, profit, paranoia, or just plain perverse pleasure, these ladies span one hundred years of murder, mayhem, and madness in the Empire State.
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Civic Bibliography for Greater New York

Municipal Investigation and Statistics , Bureau of : Real estate owned by the City of New York under the jurisdiction of the Police Dept. , Jan. 1 , 1908. N. Y. , 1908. 46 p . ill . с Police , Chief of . Annual reports , 1845-56 .

Author: James Bronson Reynolds


ISBN: HARVARD:32044086389699

Category: New York (N.Y.)

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1861 Civil War Beginnings

(page 72) 102 Walling, George W. Recollections of a New York Chief of Police. ... They had requested that some of the most trustworthy officers of the New York police should be detailed for services in Baltimore to ascertain what ...

Author: Nick Vulich

Publisher: Nick Vulich


Category: History

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Think you know what started the Civil War? In hindsight, we can say no one man or event served as a catalyst for the Civil War. It was not the John Brown Raid, no matter how many historians say it was the pivotal event. It was not the election of Abraham Lincoln, and the war was not about slavery—not in the beginning anyway. The Civil War got its start seventy-three years earlier when the Founding Fathers set aside the hot potato that was slavery so they could ratify the Constitution. The signers knew they were passing the issue on to a future generation. Their hope was their progeny could answer the questions they could not. 1861 will change everything. **************************************************************** If you are a Civil War buff or are just looking for a simple overview of how the war got started, you will enjoy this book. It is written in a simple, conversational style that makes it easy to understand the complex issues that started the American Civil War. Civil War Year By Year Book 1
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Tong Wars

The Untold Story of Vice, Money, and Murder in New York's Chinatown Scott D. Seligman ... It was a compulsion: George W. Walling, Recollections of a New York Chief of Police (New York: Caxton Book Concerns, 1887), 422; “The Game of Fan ...

Author: Scott D. Seligman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780399562297

Category: History

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A mesmerizing true story of money, murder, gambling, prostitution, and opium in a "wild ramble around Chinatown in its darkest days." (The New Yorker) Nothing had worked. Not threats or negotiations, not shutting down the betting parlors or opium dens, not house-to-house searches or throwing Chinese offenders into prison. Not even executing them. The New York DA was running out of ideas and more people were dying every day as the weapons of choice evolved from hatchets and meat cleavers to pistols, automatic weapons, and even bombs. Welcome to New York City’s Chinatown in 1925. The Chinese in turn-of-the-last-century New York were mostly immigrant peasants and shopkeepers who worked as laundrymen, cigar makers, and domestics. They gravitated to lower Manhattan and lived as Chinese an existence as possible, their few diversions—gambling, opium, and prostitution—available but, sadly, illegal. It didn’t take long before one resourceful merchant saw a golden opportunity to feather his nest by positioning himself squarely between the vice dens and the police charged with shutting them down. Tong Wars is historical true crime set against the perfect landscape: Tammany-era New York City. Representatives of rival tongs (secret societies) corner the various markets of sin using admirably creative strategies. The city government was already corrupt from top to bottom, so once one tong began taxing the gambling dens and paying off the authorities, a rival, jealously eyeing its lucrative franchise, co-opted a local reformist group to help eliminate it. Pretty soon Chinese were slaughtering one another in the streets, inaugurating a succession of wars that raged for the next thirty years. Scott D. Seligman’s account roars through three decades of turmoil, with characters ranging from gangsters and drug lords to reformers and do-gooders to judges, prosecutors, cops, and pols of every stripe and color. A true story set in Prohibition-era Manhattan a generation after Gangs of New York, but fought on the very same turf.
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Rogues Gallery

Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. Walling, George W. Recollections of a New York Chief of Police. New York: Caxton, 1887. Welch, Richard F. King of the Bowery: Big Tim ...

Author: John Oller

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781524745677

Category: True Crime

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From the beginnings of big-city police work to the rise of the Mafia, Rogues' Gallery is a colorful and captivating history of crime and punishment in the bustling streets of Old New York. Rogues' Gallery is a sweeping, epic tale of two revolutions, one feeding off the other, that played out on the streets of New York City during an era known as the Gilded Age. For centuries, New York had been a haven of crime. A thief or murderer not caught in the act nearly always got away. But in the early 1870s, an Irish cop by the name of Thomas Byrnes developed new ways to catch criminals. Mug shots and daily lineups helped witnesses point out culprits; the famed rogues' gallery allowed police to track repeat offenders; and the third-degree interrogation method induced recalcitrant crooks to confess. Byrnes worked cases methodically, interviewing witnesses, analyzing crime scenes, and developing theories that helped close the books on previously unsolvable crimes. Yet as policing became ever more specialized and efficient, crime itself began to change. Robberies became bolder and more elaborate, murders grew more ruthless and macabre, and the street gangs of old transformed into hierarchal criminal enterprises, giving birth to organized crime, including the Mafia. As the decades unfolded, corrupt cops and clever criminals at times blurred together, giving way to waves of police reform at the hands of men like Theodore Roosevelt. This is a tale of unforgettable characters: Marm Mandelbaum, a matronly German-immigrant woman who paid off cops and politicians to protect her empire of fencing stolen goods; "Clubber" Williams, a sadistic policeman who wielded a twenty-six-inch club against suspects, whether they were guilty or not; Danny Driscoll, the murderous leader of the Irish Whyos Gang and perhaps the first crime boss of New York; Big Tim Sullivan, the corrupt Tammany Hall politician who shielded the Whyos from the law; the suave Italian Paul Kelly and the thuggish Jewish gang leader Monk Eastman, whose rival crews engaged in brawls and gunfights all over the Lower East Side; and Joe Petrosino, a Sicilian-born detective who brilliantly pursued early Mafioso and Black Hand extortionists until a fateful trip back to his native Italy. Set against the backdrop of New York's Gilded Age, with its extremes of plutocratic wealth, tenement poverty, and rising social unrest, Rogues' Gallery is a fascinating story of the origins of modern policing and organized crime in an eventful era with echoes for our own time.
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