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

ISBN-10: 1613744188
ISBN-13: 9781613744185
Authors: Holly Metz
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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 led by celebrated defender Samuel S. Leibowitz of “Scottsboro Boys” fame swooped into Hoboken from Manhattan to save Scutellaro from the electric chair, arguing that the jobless man’s struggle with the poormaster was a symbol of…    

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Binding: Hardcover Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated Number of pages: 320 Dimensions: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.10" tall Weight: 1.584 lbs. Language: English