Posts Tagged ‘New York murders’

An infamous murder on Brooklyn’s Lincoln Place

May 8, 2013

LincolnfifthavenuesignEver notice that Brooklyn’s Degraw Street suddenly becomes Lincoln Place after crossing Fifth Avenue?

The name change has to do with a gruesome murder near this intersection in 1873, then the media attention that gripped the block for the next few years.

In March, Charles Goodrich, a 41-year-old widower, was found with three gunshot wounds to the head in his brownstone at what was then 731 Degraw Street.

At first, police thought it might be suicide or a robbery. But strangely, his body had been laid out neatly and cleaned of blood.

LizzielloydkingSo when neighbors reported that a young woman had been living in the house and that they often saw Goodrich with her on the stoop, police took the investigation in a new direction.

They believed the woman’s name was Kate Stoddard (right); she was a Massachusetts native in her 20s who worked in a hat factory in Manhattan. But for months, she proved to be elusive.

Finally, after a sighting by Stoddard’s ex-roommate on the Fulton Ferry, cops tracked her down.

During questioning, she denied everything—until detectives found Charles Goodrich’s personal items in her room in a boarding house on High Street.

Reportedly she confessed. Turns out her real name was Lizzie Lloyd King. She’d met Goodrich through a personal ad, and they soon married.

DegrawstreetfifthandsixthThen Goodrich told her the marriage was a sham and he wanted her to leave him alone, as he was now engaged to another woman.

During an argument in the house on Degraw Street, a spurned King drew a gun and shot Goodrich dead.

In 1874, she was committed to an upstate insane asylum for life—but not before residents of Degraw Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues  (left) petitioned the city to have the street’s name changed, fearing the “unpleasant associations” with the murder.

Brigham Young’s grandson kills a midtown woman

February 5, 2012

On September 19, 1902, the body of a young woman turned up in a canal in Jersey City. Police identified the corpse as that of Anna Pulitzer, a married prostitute who lived on Broadway and West 46th Street.

Police fanned out to solve the crime. A crucial break came within days: A coachman recalled driving Pulitzer and an unknown young man to an apartment on West 58th Street.

That apartment turned out to be the home of John Willard Young, the businessman son of Mormon leader Brigham Young (below).

Willard Young was out of the country, but his son, William Hooper Young, 32, had been staying there. Hooper Young, once a Mormon missionary, was now a drifter and morphine addict.

Cops traced Hooper Young to a Connecticut park. Drunk and disheveled, he admitted that Pulitzer died after he picked her up in a coach and took her to his father’s apartment.

But he blamed her actual murder, via chloral poisoning (aka, knockout drops), on a man he’d just met in Central Park.

He had a hard time convincing anyone he was innocent. Police never located the other man. Pulitzer’s bloody clothes, jewelry, and letters addressed to Hooper Young were found in a trunk he had shipped to Chicago.

In 1903, Brigham Young’s grandson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and got life without parole at Sing Sing, escaping the electric chair because the judge thought he was medically insane.

No motive was ever definitively uncovered, but it may have been robbery, or perhaps it stemmed from a romantic relationship the two had, which some suggested may have started when Hooper Young did his missionary work years earlier on the East Coast.