Detective Agency, Murder Investigation, 1896
This is a two page investigative report by an undercover operative investigating
the murder of Mr Stephen Powell by two blacks from Pinkerton's National
Detective Agency dated March 25th, 1896. The report is signed by Robert
Pinkerton. Here is a account of what happened : POWELL Stephen age 68
years old murdered 7 March 1896 at Hempstead Long Island NY- A wealthy
shoe merchant doing business on Main Street, Hempstead. He was brutally
murdered on Fulton Street, near his home. His skull had been crushed in
by a blow from some hard instrument, supposed to be a bar of iron. He
was found in a pool of his own blood by William G. Lowe, a neighbor. Mr.
Powell was a victim of a robbery, as he was known to carry large sums
of cash on his person. Several years earlier $500.00 in cash was stolen
from him and on other occasions he lost various sums of money. He had
been in the shoe business for forty years; president of the Hempstead
Gas & Electric Company; treasurer of the Hempstead & Jamaica Plank
Road Company; long account of the murder and arrest of various suspects
in 14 March 1896 paper; Queens County grand jury indicted John Wayne and
Arthur Mayhew, Two black men for the murder of Powell 21 March 1896 The
Long Islander newspaper. Arthur Mayhew was convicted of murder in the
first degree and John Wayne of manslaughter at a trial held at Long Island
City. It is believed that they were executed at Sing-Sing NY .
Ralph D. Thomas PI Vintage Collection
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