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of the tenderloin in New York, convicted of inspiring the crimehas been
granted a new trial, but the court refused to review the death sentences of
I was seated in the death house of Sing Sing, the first Vvoman not a
relative of a condemned murderer who has ever been admitted to that
gloomy corridor. At the end of the long gray aisle of death were the four
cells of the gunmen. On. my right were Dago Frank and "Whitey" Lewis.
On m. left stood "Leftie Louie," and "Gyp the Blood." Hardly more than
boys, the oldest, Dago Frank, is 28, the youngest, Leftie Louie, but 23. They
stood, feverish hands clasping the grim bars of their cells.
Just around the corner from us was the little green door, the dreaded
door that leads into the throne room of death, or as I view it, the throne
room of legal murder, where these four young men will die.
Later I passed through that little green door and sat in the grim elec-
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Harry Horowitz (Gyp the Blood).
trie chair. Within reach of my arm
was a concealed panel holding the
death-dealing apparatus and a print
ed card of directions.
One bell, turn on current!
Two bells, more current!
Two bells is the death sentence,
the fatal phrase which shuts off hu
man life. Within four feet of that
frightful inscription stood the four
gunmen clutching the bars of their
ceiic, and telling me their story.
Save for Louis Rosenberg, the gun
men' are typical products of a big
city's streets. They look like over-
"We are delighted to see you," said
"Leftie Louie," wijin a bewildering
courtliness. "Through you we four
boys who are about to die, make a
last appeal to the Americanpeople.
All we want is justice.
"Lieut. Becker 'has been granted
a new trial. Must we boysr not one
of us 30 years old, go to. the chair
without the same chance that Becker
"We claim that Becker was
'framed up' just as- we were. We
tell you as we would tell It to you