100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

New York Police Lieutenant Indicted

Herman Rosenthal was a New York gangster who was being extorted by a corrupt police Lieutenant Charles Becker. After he spoke to a journalist and was called to testify to a grand jury, Rosenthal was gunned down in the street in front of a hotel.


The murder was front page news and would not go away. The Manhattan DA made no secret of his belief that the gangsters had committed the murder at Becker’s behest. Amid a major public outcry Becker was transferred to the Bronx and assigned to desk duty. At the end of July 1912 Becker was arrested  by special detectives from the District Attorney’s Office.

On August 20, 1912 Lieutenant Charles Becker of the NYPD was indicted by a grand jury for the killing of Herman Rosenthal along with the gunmen and others. Police officers of Becker’s squad who falsely accused another gangster as the prime suspect may also be indicted and others have been removed from their positions. When the indictments were read, the grand jury broke into applause.

Indicted NYPD Lieutenant Charles Becker

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