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Millionaire for a Day

Back in 1911, Wilkes-Barre, PA resident John Jay “Butch” McDevitt won the Democratic Primary for county treasurer. The only problem was that the Democratic Committee didn’t want McDevitt on the ballot. Find out how the party got rid of him and how he capitalized on this for the rest of his life.

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Thief Becomes Clerk at Drugstore

It was reported that three men robbed Heights Pharmacy on February 22, 1923.  The store was located at St Nicholas Avenue and 145th Street in New York City. Two of the men kept clerk David Neuberger busy while the third snagged druggist Dr. Abraham N. Horowitz as he emerged from the basement of the store after getting some drugs to fill prescriptions. Continue Reading

 
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The Bowery’s Santa

Joe Bonavita was a Brooklyn tavern owner who went to the Bowery in 1946 to give away a big chunk of his hard-earned money to those less fortunate.  Believing he was crazy, the men refused to take his handouts.  But Joe wouldn’t take no for an answer…

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