The Newtown Pentacle

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That’s Just Grand

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In 1894, George Roeschman (an employee of Hardy, Voorhies and co.- a lumber yard on Grand St. in Williamsburg) was accosted by 3 men as he was trying to cross the Grand St. Bridge over the Newtown Creek. He was struck over the head, had a sack pulled over him, and roughly thrown to his fate in the inky waters. After scrambling up the slimy banks, Roeschman didn’t report the crime to Police officials immediately for fear of retribution by these highwaymen. Four bodies had recently been found along this branch of the Newtown Creek, all were victims of a similar modus operandi.

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In the same year, on October 16, the body of a 40 year old man was found nearby. His identity was never ascertained and he has lain in centuried silence at the City’s potter’s field since.

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Nearby, a scoundrel named Pete Hess and his friend Schulz once buried a baby, alive, in the mud of the Newtown Creek. Both men received lengthy stretches at Sing-Sing for the murder of “Baby Wertheimer”.

There is a long history of criminal derring-do associated with the Newtown Creek. Check out this NYtimes article from 1996 for the story of Captain Lau and the Barones.

Written by Mitch Waxman

July 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Posted in newtown creek

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  1. […] Pentacle has visited this spot, briefly, in the past- in “That’s Just Grand“, much of who’s content is expanded upon in this […]

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