Friday, August 19, 2005

Judge Crater and Kid Twist

I understand there have been some new revelations on the SAS murder in London, and new allegations from Washington concerning some guy named 'Atta', but all that interests me is the possible solving of the disappearance of Judge Crater. I've mentioned that Crater was on the DOE Network, but since he disappeared on August 6, 1930, you'd think this was a mystery that would never be solved. Now, a 91-year-old woman named Stella Ferrucci-Good has died, leaving behind in a safety deposit box a letter labeled 'Do not open until my death'. The letter apparently states that Crater was murdered by her late husband, Robert Good, an NYPD policeman named Charles Burns, and the policeman's brother, Frank Burns. Crater is supposed to have been buried in Coney Island at the current site of the New York Aquarium.

There was a NYPD officer named Charles Burns who served from 1926 to 1946, and spent part of his career assigned to the 60th Precinct in Coney Island. Five bodies were found at the site of the Aquarium when it was being built in the 1950's. These remains are being checked.

The letter also claims that Charles Burns was one of the policemen guarding Murder Inc. killer Abe 'Kid Twist' Reles when he mysteriously fell to his death from the sixth-floor window of a Coney Island hotel in 1941, just hours before he was due to testify against mob boss Albert Anastasia (making Reles known as 'the canary who could sing but couldn't fly').