“Wanna play tie-up?”

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New York Daily News, November 10, 1944 (unidentified photographers)

Speaking of Frank Pape… we made these photos a few years ago of the Daily News on microfilm at NYPL… There’s no direct Weegee involvement in these pages…

The Game That Cost A Life
… “I said, ‘Wanna’ play tie-up?’ The kid said, ‘Okay.’ I took him to the cellar and got rope.'” Seemingly unmoved, 16-year old Frank Pape stares at the ropes he used in “commando” strangling of 4-year-old Billy Drach as he answers questions of Bronx Assistant District Attorney Sylvester Ryan after confession yesterday. The boy told how he took the Drach lad to the basement of 825 Eagle Ave., Bronx and there reenacted a scene from a movie he had just witnessed…”
New York Daily News, November 10, 1944

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825 Eagle Ave., Bronx, NY, Google street view and maps

[Perhaps the scene of the crime is a vacant lot according to Google.]

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