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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 29, 1912, Image 3

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bed since the third day of No
vember. On November 15, the father re
ceived two postcards and a letter
written on the stationery of a
Boston hotel.
- Both postcards and letter were
Hfe much more legible than those pre
viously received. ney expiainea
that the writer had murdered the
Josephs boy and hidden the body
in the cesspool back of a lonely
Lackawanna saloon.
Up to this time, the police had
("not paid much attention to the
postcards. They took them for
v the work of some maniac.
But the directions in the last
xtwo and the letter were so ex
plicit that the cesspool back of the
saloon was dragged.
The body of Joseph Josephs
was found. The boy had been
outraged and choked to death.
- Then the hunt for the slayer
began. State, county, police and
the father of the victim all offered
rewards.
The newspapers of Buffalo
published photographs of the
postcards received by the mur
dered boy's father.
1 was these that led to the ar
rest of Hickey. Hickey formerly
worked in Lackawanna- His em
ployer recognized his .writine".
H Orders were wired to the po
nce or every city in tne. unitea
States to arrest Hickey on sight
tfor murder
Oo Nov. 19 Hickey was arrest
ed at the1 Keswick Inebriates'
Home near Whiting, N. J.
He swore he was innocent at
-first He laughed at the police
and said that he could prove art
alibi with the greatest ease. He
said he would go back to Buffalo
for trial without extradition.
Then he employed a lawyer and
put up a fight.
Last Tuesday the requisition
papers were handed to the sheriff
at Tofas River, N. J., where Hick
ey had been held.
District Attorney Dudley ar
rived there Wednesday and Hick
ey was turned over to him.
From the time he boarded the
train at Toms River until he con
fessed in the county jail here
Hickey was subjected to a merci
less grilling.
The district -attorney and the
police were convinced that he was
the,slayer of little Joseph Josephs '
and were determined to wringv a
confession from him.
Early today Hickey broke
down absolutely and sobbed forth
his confession. '
''I might as well tell it all," lie
saM. "It was I who murdered the
Kruck boy in Central Park, N. Y.,
10 years ago. I did it for the
same reason to satisfy my lust."
"Arethey the only boys you
murdered?" he was asked.
"Yes," said Hickey. "I tried to
murder others. I choked several
boys I outraged. But either my
strength or my nerve always
failed me before they were dead."
When the confession was over
District Attorney Dudley; sent
Dr. James W. Putnam into Hick
ey's cell to find out if Hickey was
sane. Putnam will report later.
Hickey will be arraigned be-

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