Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dutch Schultz: A Malone Acquittal

Dutch Schultz Armored Car
Dutch Schultz Armored Car (Photo credit: www78)
When he was acquitted on August 1, 1935, the crowd outside the courtroom cheered. Judge Bryant “who was visibly astonished, disappointed and thoroughly exasperated. In fact, he practically ‘lost his cool.’ ‘Your verdict,’ he declared, ‘Is such that it shakes the confidence of law-abiding citizens in integrity and truth. It will be apparent to all who followed the evidence in this case that you have reached a verdict not on the evidence but on some other reason. You will go home with the satisfaction, if it is indeed a satisfaction, that you have rendered a blow against law enforcement and given aid and encouragement to people who would flout the law. In all probability they will commend you. I cannot!’” (Franklin County Review, vol 12, pg. 27).

Schultz tried to shake hands with the jurors. The first he tried said, “Mr. Schultz, I wouldn’t shake hands with you under any circumstances—especially here!” (Franklin County Review, Vol 12, pg. 27).

But the jury felt the government hadn't proved its case despite having called sixty-nine witnesses to the defense's seventeen.

Perhaps the biggest blow to the prosecution was that “Judge Bryant, at the request of the defense staff, ruled that the famous black ledger containing all the incriminating details of the Schultz organization’s operations had been illegally seized and directed that it be returned. The ledger being the core of their case the Government lawyers were stymied and practically futile without it” ( Franklin Historical review, vol. 12, 1975, p.26 ). This ledger had been meticulously kept, down to the penny, and in impeccable penmanship.

Then during the trial, defense attorney George Moore proclaimed, “the beer business was a hazardous business—our local bootlegger never made much money.”  (Kill the Dutchman by Paul Sann pg. 253).

The above obviously played into the acquittal. Foreman Chapin said, “I am sure that no man on the jury approves of racketeering or anyone connected with it. In fact the jury considers Schultz to be a public enemy. But the fact that he was a racketeer and in the beer business could have no bearing on the case. We felt that the Government did not prove its case. The whole discussion centered around whether or  not he was guilty of willfully evading tax payments We were instructed to follow the evidence that that’s what he did. Pre-trial influence had no bearing whatsoever on the verdict, which was 9 to 3 for acquittal.”

And according to Schultz, “An easy acquittal" (ibid).

Dutch Schultz showed the same generosity to Malone after his exoneration as before his trial.

At Moore’s office, two secretaries accepted five pound boxes of chocolates (pg 27 Review). 
And according to Fredrick Seaver who wrote the quintessential historical guide to Malone, more than one farmer had new cows after the trial.

Schultz tried to shake hands with the jurors. The first he tried said, “Mr. Schultz, I wouldn’t shake hands with you under any circumstances—especially here!” ( Review, Vol 12, pg. 27).

Beyond these things, Schultz did not stay in Malone long.Knowing that Dewey still had it in for him, he set up his enterprise in Newark, New Jersey.

Shortly before his death, fearing that he would be incarcerated as a result of Dewey's efforts, Schultz commissioned the construction of a special airtight and waterproof safe, into which he placed $7 million in cash and bonds. Schultz and Rosencrantz then drove the safe to an undisclosed location somewhere in upstate New York and buried it. At the time of his death, the safe was still interred; as no evidence existed to indicate that either Schultz or Rosencrantz had ever revealed the location of the safe to anyone, the exact place where the safe was buried died with them. 

Gangland lore held that Schultz's enemies, including Lucky Luciano, spent the remainder of their lives searching for the safe. The safe has never been recovered.

Treasure hunters meet annually in the Catskills to search for the safe. One such congregation was documented in the documentary film Digging for Dutch: The Search for the Lost Treasure of Dutch Schultz” (Wikipedia).
Schultz was gunned down October 23, 1935 at the Palace Chop House in Newark, New Jersey.

He survived the initial shotgun blasts and was whisked into surgery. “Before Schultz went to surgery, he received the last rites from a Catholic priest at his request. During his second trial, Schultz decided to convert to Catholicism and had been studying its teachings ever since, convinced that Jesus had spared him prison time. Doctors performed surgery but were unaware of the extent of damage done to his abdominal organs by the ricocheting bullet. They were also unaware that Workman had intentionally used rust-coated bullets in an attempt to give Schultz a fatal bloodstream infection (septicemia) should he survive the gunshot. Schultz lingered for 22 hours, speaking in various states of lucidity with his wife, mother, a priest, police, and hospital staff, before dying of peritonitis” (Wikipedia)

So instead of living safely in jail and running his empire, the events in Malone, New York actually contributed to his death.

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  1. The hidden treasure in this story would fascinate my son who loved a computer game where you searched for sunken ships (actual historical wrecks) and worked to discover any treasure.

  2. I'd love to dig in my back yard and find it. I don't live too far from the Hotel Flannagan or the court house/jail. Just down the road is where they dumped whiskey during prohibition. To me,sounds like that treasure could be in my yard!

  3. i think the focal point here is the gelston house East Haddam Connecticut, dutch schultzs south bound liquor storage brothel wharehouse. Running booze from Canada to Manhattan via schooner or steam ship. Then Coindre Hall to bring in north bound cuban cigars Cuban Rum and whiskey and Moon shine from the carolinas Virginia. I guess the dutch shcultz flaggenhammers filthy dirty buried loot is located somewhere in the Gelston House East Haddam CT or Coindre Hall. Schultz once said "i have more bitches than con edisons got switches." Legs Diamond Machine gun kelly pretty boy floy ma barker an her boys they all hung out at that speakeasey the Gelston House east haddam CT. They serve saspirilla@gelston house with machine guns on the glasses for 25 cents like they did during prohibition. hope to see dirty gurdy and her dance hall girls from klondyke kates up north.

  4. Dedicated to my favorite prohibition gangster Dutch Schultz you tube Steve Miller Band go on take the money run video """RIP""" Dutch Schultz Bronx Beer Baron

  5. From Robert Barthomlews UK book another one Dutch schultz's speak easys was the Glenmere Manor now mansion in Chester New York apparently as the story goes Schultz would hide some of his booze at The Lanmark Inn Warwick, New York to be served later at speakeasy Glenmere Mansion Chester. I'll be checking out this Dutch Schultz speakeasy in October which i believe is the month Schultz was gunned down in New jersey. His death at the Chop House was a bloody mess blood everywhere. The treasure of the Dutchman is still at large. I feel it is buried at this place called Canders Hall in Huntindon, Long Island.