Crime Scenes Photos Of Gruesome Murders From 20th Century New York

These photos give a glimpse of some of the most notorious killings from the 20th century in New York City. Victims stuffed in suitcases, sprawled on the streets, thrown in the trash, and the corpses are surrounded by crowds of detectives in trench coats and fedoras without any thought for crime scene contamination. Crime scene photographs play an important role in investigations and documenting history. The victims of these ruthless killings were mostly mobsters and gang members. These photographs are vicious and haunting, but they also depict the dark history of organized crimes.

#2 The bodies of Robert Green (left), an elevator operator, and Jacob Jagendorf (right), a building engineer, lie at the bottom of an elevator shaft November 24, 1915, following the pair’s alleged failed robbery attempt

#3 Mafia kingpin Joe Masseria holds the ace of spades, “the death card,” in his hand following his 1931 murder on the orders of infamous gangster “Lucky” Luciano in a Coney Island restaurant.

#4 Forensic detectives take the fingerprints of murdered store owner Joseph Gallichio, as he lies on the roof beside his cage of racing pigeons. 12 East 106th Street, 1941

#6 The body of Thomas Bilotti, associate of Mafia boss Paul Castellano, lies on the ground following their doudle murder on Dec. 16, 1985

#9 A murder of two men at the feast of San Gennaro in 1939. Joseph ‘Little Joe’ La Cava and Rocco ‘Chickee’ Fagio were both found dead on Mulberry Street

#10 A policeman looks at the body of Louis Riggiona, found dead in the gutter of Mulberry Street with two bullets in his heart and the two murder weapons abandoned nearby

#11 A medical examiner peering over the body of a man found floating in the East River in 1963. Bullet holes were found in the man’s head

#13 This Bronx killing took place in 1962. The shoeless victim was found covered in blood sprawled across a living room floor after being shot in his chair

#14 Police guarding the body of 15-year-old schoolgirl Ellen O’Connor who disappeared from her home before being found murdered and dumped in Massapequa woods

#15 A priest attending the bodies of Thomas J Hogan and Fred Romer in 1961. Hogan shot dead Romer before turning the gun on himself

#18 The body of Walter Sage, a hitman working for the mob gang Murder Inc, is pictured after his bound body was pulled from Swan Lake in the Catskills. He was allegedly killed for skimming cash from the mob’s slot machine profits

#20 A crowd gathers around the body of John Masseria, Joe “The Boss” Masseria’s brother, as police arrive at the murder scene on 19th Street. 1937.

#21 Bullet holes line the back of the stage at the Audubon Ballroom, where Malcolm X was assassinated. 1965.

#22 Murder victim and gangster David Beadle, also known as “David the Beetle,” in front of Spot Beer Tavern in Manhattan, 1939.

#24 Watched by a curious crowd, a policeman straddles the body of a murder victim lying on the pavement outside a New York City bar, 1942.

#25 Police examine the murder scene of infamous mafioso Albert Anastasia, gunned down in the barbershop of the Park Sheraton Hotel, 1957

#26 A double murder in Central Park at 106th Street East. A forty-five caliber pistol was found nearby

#28 Crime scene rope stretched across the intersection of Hester and Mulberry Streets in Little Italy, blocking off Umberto’s Clam House, where reputed mobster Joseph “Crazy Joe” Gallo was killed, 1972

#29 Mafia boss Paul Castellano lies dead after being killed in front of Sparks Steakhouse at 46th Street and Third Avenue, 1985

#30 Morgue attendants carry the body of Carmine Galante out of Joe & Mary’s Restaurant on July 12, 1979

#31 Long Island man Thomas N.Innes was found bound and gagged at the bottom of the tidal basin. Investigating officers sift through his belongings without gloves as curious spectators peer over them

#32 The body of Arnold Schuster, 24, – a Brooklyn pants salesman – who had tipped off police on the whereabouts of American robber Willie Sutton after spotting him on a subway train following the criminal’s daring jail escape, 1952

#34 A brother’s raw emotion after identifying his sibling’s body.

A brother's raw emotion after identifying his sibling's body.

Vincent Emmino, 18, is pictured moments after discovering the body of his older brother and serial robber Ralph "Buck" Emmino. The younger Emmino swore vengeance when he saw his brother's corpse.

#35 A homicide victim lying dead in a New York bar around 1916, were unearthed during renovations of the former NYPD headquarters in 2012

#36 A woman lying dead in a squalid New York room, have now been collated in a new book called ‘Murder in the City, New York, 1910-1920

#40 Domenico Mastropaolos was stabbed and slashed to death in a wine cellar on 294 Elizabeth Street, New York, circa 1916 to 1920

#43 The body of Antonio Pemear in Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, New York, who was murdered in his residence on December 19, 1915

#46 Murder victim Owen Owen was found lying on 35 Brooklyn Street, with a bottle of whisky on May 2, 1917

#47 A skeleton fitted with features made from wax. It was used by detectives to help them identify the slain party

#50 A woman’s body found in the Bronx next to a concrete structure. Trolley tracks can be seen in the background, June 24, 1917

#54 Police officer and lodge member looking at blanket-covered body of woman trampled to death in excursion-ship stampede, 18 August 1941

#57 A murder at the feast of San Gennaro. Police take over at the scene of a gang killing at 119 Mulberry Street, in the heart of Little Italy, New York. The two victims were Joseph ‘Little Joe’ La Cava and Rocco ‘Chickee’ Fagio.

#58 The body of gangster Dominick Didato on the sidewalk outside a restaurant on Elizabeth Street, New York, August 6, 1936

#60 Homicide squand and a group of detectives examining an unidentified body in New York City in 1935

#61 The brown 1968 Buick Skylark, belonging to Robert Violante, parked in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, New York City, where Violante and Stacy Moskowitz were shot by American serial killer, David Berkowitz (a.k.a. “Son of Sam”).

The brown 1968 Buick Skylark, belonging to Robert Violante, parked in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, New York City, where Violante and Stacy Moskowitz were shot by American serial killer, David Berkowitz (a.k.a. "Son of Sam").

Moskowitz died after the shooting, while Violante was partially blinded. 1977.

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#63 A police officer crouches under the rear end of a taxi jacked up on a crate and garbage can as the dead body of a man who was hit by the cab lies underneath, 1943

#64 Body of hooker killed by serial killer Joel Rifkin and placed inside an oil drum is investigated by police, 1992

Written by Jacob Aberto

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