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Stanley B. Burns

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ISBN 10: 157687463X / ISBN 13: 9781576874639
Editorial: powerHouse Books, US, 2008
Condición: Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Pages are clean with no markings from previous owners. Light wear to cloth at spine ends and corners. Binding is square and tight. Boards are clean. Dust jacket has mild soiling, rubbing and creasing to edges, corners and ends of spine, but is covered in a protective mylar jacket. N° de ref. de la librería 15197

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Editorial: powerHouse Books, US

Año de publicación: 2008

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Near Fine

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The Burns Archive, known for its 1980s studies of derangement of the mind and body and photographic histories of medicine and death, extends that study of crime with Deadly Intent: Crime & Punishment Photographs from the Burns Archive.

The book is divided into four sections: crime scenes, police action, punishment, and executions. It is concentrated between 1890 and 1950, a time when criminals often admitted their crimes and were quickly punished. Until the late 1940s, the period from arrest to execution for a capital offense averaged 33 days. The change in police attitudes and of the punishment prescribed for criminal behavior is documented here in iconic photographs.

Unlike many previous works on the subject, this compilation of crime scenes gives readers a forensic view, offering entire series of images used by detectives and criminologists. Other photographs reveal the evolving standards of the American criminal justice system, from water torture at Sing Sing prison, whipping posts, penitentiary life, and the notorious deadly work camps of the South, to executions: hanging, firing squads, and the electric chair. Only when all the evidence is presented can justice and humanity be properly served. This compilation of images, most published here for the first time, is a valuable new resource for historians and researchers.

From the Author:

Since childhood I have been fascinated with the history of crime. During my formative years I was surrounded by `crime,' but my neighborhood was not crime ridden; It was extremely safe with good reason. The first fifteen years of my life I grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, home of the notorious Jewish branch of Murder, Inc.

In Brooklyn in the 1940s and 50s the local candy store was the focal point of school children's lives. I lived at 346 Barret Street, (renamed Legion Street) near Livonia Avenue. One and a half blocks from my home, on the corner of Livonia and Saratoga Avenue, underneath the IRT's New Lots Avenue elevated train line (its now the No. 3 Train) was a 24 hour luncheonette/ candy store, "Midnight Rose's." It was `my' candy store. It was also the headquarters of Murder Incorporated. Organized crime syndicate bosses, Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel established Murder, Inc. as a separate organization, to solve mob disputes and kill adversaries. Louis "Lepke" Buchalter and his longtime partner, Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro, together with Albert Anastasia, were the heads of Murder, Inc. Over 200 contract killers were on the payroll. An estimated 1,000 murders were attributed to the group. And it was all orchestrated from my neighborhood candy story.

Aside from the stories told in the neighborhood, my father (Harry Bernstein) would tell me the tales of his neighborhood experiences. In the 1920's he as other Jewish youths of the era, turned to boxing as a sport, and way to fame and fortune. He changed his name to `Burns' and fought in the bantam and featherweight amateur divisions. By the mid 1930s my father was a union organizer and official for Local 338 as well as a supermarket employee. He lived through the golden era of New York's Jewish gangsters (1920-1940). Born in Williamsburg he grew up in Brownsville going to school with some notorious criminals. At one time he lived on the same block as Abe `Kid Twist' Reles, who was of short statue but a vicious fighter, and later, notorious hit man. (Reles' notable death is depicted in this volume.) He told me stories of the episodes he encountered as an amateur boxer, and street brawler.

My father helped organize strikes. His old neighborhood's real tough guys, Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, "Mendy" Weiss, Harry "Pittsburg Phil" Strauss and other noted hit men also worked for "Lepke" as strike breakers. They were very successful as everyone knew their connections and real job. When they walked on a site and said the strike was over - it was over! As a union official, my dad would visit the shops on East 98th, Street, Belmont and Sutter Avenues, at times he dragged me along. I remember the union members telling me what my dad had done in his unionizing efforts. Unfortunately the details are long gone, but the impressions remain. In 1949, I got my first `weekend" job in a market on East 98th Street at the corner of Legion Street. Stories of the neighborhood abound in the work place, as the families of members of the organization still lived in the neighborhood. By then Murder, Inc's headquarters had been removed from the Broadway Rose. Only the legends remained.

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