Weegee Daily… October 9, 1941… Their First Murder…

DARTED and LIQUIDATED

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PM Daily, October 9, 1941, p. 15
Brooklyn School Children See Gambler Murdered in Street
“Pupils were just leaving P.S. 143, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, at 3:15 yesterday when Peter Mancuso, 22, described by police as a small-time gambler, pulled up in a 1931 Ford at a traffic light a block from the school. Up to the car stepped a gunman, who fired twice and escaped through the throng of children. Mancuso, shot through the head and the heart, struggled to the running board and collapsed dead on the pavement. Above are some of the spectators…”

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Weegee Daily, October 9, 2013
Brooklyn Dog Walkers See Photographer Standing in Street. Approximate location of Their First Murder…
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Intersection of Roebling St. and N. Sixth St., Brooklyn. Approximate location where Peter Mancuso was shot in a 1931 Ford… Sidewalk where the slayer fled toward N. Seventh St… The entrance of the former P.S. 143…

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New York Daily News, October 9, 1941
“A small-time Brooklyn gambler, Peter Mancuso, 23, was slain at 3:20 P.M. yesterday when he stopped his car at the crowded intersection of Roebling St. and N. Sixth St., Brooklyn.
A lone assailant darted up to the car and liquidated Mancuso with two bullets fired at close range through the open front window…
One bullet hit Mancuso in the head, another in the heart. With a dying effort he got the door of the car open and toppled into the street…
Meanwhile, P.S. 143, a block away, on Havermeyer St., was just letting out. The slayer dashed down N. Seventh St. heading for the school and zig-zagged among the crowds of children… the fugitive darted into Havermeyer St. and disappeared.”

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To be continued…

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