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she had been alone in the robbery.
Yesterday Sophie Beckendorf
was indicted on five counts by the
grand Jury and taken to a cell in
There she broke down and sent
for the district attorney, to whom
she told one of the most extraor
dinary stories in the history of
New York crime,
"I was not alone," she said. "I
did not want to commit the rob
bery for myself, and I would not
have got anything out of it for
myself. I did it for the Master."
"Who is the 'Master'?" asked
The girl shuddered.
"His name is Vogel, Joseph
Vogel," she said. "He is a terri
ble man and he makes us rob for
rH him. We have to do it or some
thing dreadful would happen to
Imf at alL He lauerhs at the oolice.
He says you are not clever
enough to catch him.
"He runs a little factory in the
Bowery. I went there to work for
him. Shortly after that he came
and stood beside me one day. The
way he looked at me made me
" 'You look like a smart girl
he said to me.
"I did ' not answer. He went
away then, but the next day he
called me into his private office
and told me that he would get
work i of me with a rich family.
"He did do so, but after do
ing it he told me I would have to
Teoort tp him once every week. I
was afraid4 of him, and I -did it
He didn't say anything ajjout rob
bing the house for several weeks.
"Then he told me that he had it
all arranged, and told me what
time to take the things in the
house, and just what to do after
I got out of the house.
"I tola him I was afraid to do
anything like that. He gripped
me by the wrist, and swore that
he would kill me if I did not do it.
"I was more afraid of him than
I was of the law, and so I robbed
the house. He met me outside,
about a block away, and took ail
the stolen stuff from me. He told
me to report at the factory the
"I did. He gave me $20, and
told me I could take a few days'
off. At the end of three days he
told me he had found another
place for me to work.
"Just before I went to this
place, his wife told me she want
ed to talk to me. I went to her
room. She threatened me with
dreadful things if eveI squealed.
She said my tongue would be cut
"It has been the same way ever
since. I have robbed -six houses
altogether for him. He has al
ways given me a little money the
day after the robbery.
"He watches all the girls in the
factory. If he thinks they are
smart enough, he makes them do
the same as I did. All the girls
are young, and they all are fright
ened of him, and more frightened
of his wife."
The girl told the police that
Vogel had a flat at 529 West
151st street A squad of deted