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TRUE CRIME A fascinating collection of documents and correspondence from various crime figures, with T.L.S., A.N.S. and A.L.S. pieces., includes a T.L.S. by "Wm Travers Jerome" on his personal letterhead, 1p, 8vo., New York City, May 17th, 1909 to Alton B. Parker, President of the New York County Lawyers Association. Jerome [1859-1934] served as New York City's District Attorney for three decades, where he made the practice of "raiding" criminal establishments famous by finally breaking the gambler Richard Canfield's New York underground casinos. Slight folds, some yellow markings, else very good. Also included is an A.L.S.. by "Danny Ahearn" on lined paper, 2pp., 4to, [n.d., n.p.], to a friend. Ahearn, author of How to Commit a Murder and Escape from Crime, penned a joke to his friend: "...An unintelligent desperado walked into a Gun-Smith shop- stuck up the proprietor- saying give me a new Revolver this one's broken". Some yellowing at edges, top edge worn, else very good. Finally, an A.N.S. "Best Wishes, John J. Broderick", 1p, 12mo., [New York City], December 1, 1934, to an unknown admirer. Broderick, an NYPD detective, gained such a reputation for his ability with his fists and willingness to use them, that the term "to Broderick" someone gained wide traction in circa 1930's New York City. Off-white 3" x 5" card mounted onto a white backing with a fold on the bottom left corner, else fine. In all, an interesting collection worth further research.
Estimate $ 150-200

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