Becker Case - Watching bridge of Sighs (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1910

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Becker Case - Watching bridge of Sighs

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2719-16


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    • 02/May/2009 04:40:54

    Bearing only a slight resemblance to its Venetian namesake, New York City's Bridge of Sighs connected the Criminal Courts Building with the House of Detention (popularly known as The Tombs) across Franklin Street. New York City police Lieutenant Charles Becker, was the first American police officer ever executed for murder. The verdict of guilty in his first trial, in 1912, was overturned on appeal, but he was convicted again in a 1914 retrial, and was executed in 1915.