“He looked like a sullen, surly, snarling animal”

Bandit Killer Cringes Leaving Hospital
Extreme anguish was registered by Anthony Esposito today as city detectives, one handcuffed to each wrist and one at his collar, assisted the “mad-dog” gunman from Bellevue Hospital on his way to the police line-up. Doctors said Esposito really wasn’t in great pain. (Photo by Leo Lieb)


PM, January 16, 1941, pp.1 and 32 (Photos by Leo Lieb and Weegee)

Gunman Doesn’t Want His Picture Taken

For the first time since Bruno Richard Hauptmann, police today permitted photographers in the line-up room at headquarters. The subject was Anthony Esposito, under indictment with his brother, William, for the murder of a business man and a policeman in Tuesday’s tragic Battle of Fifth Ave. The angry gunman ducked after Weegee took the above.

The detectives, manacled to Esposito, didn’t want their names or pictures in the papers. They obliged by turning around, holding the gunman by head and arm so he couldn’t duck again. The yard-stick (top photo) on the line-up platform, where Esposito had stood, refusing to answer questions. “He looked like a sullen, surly, snarling animal,” Weegee reported. “He stumbled and sagged over to one side like a drunk.”
PM, January 16, 1941, p.32 (Photos by Weegee)


Weegee, [Anthony Esposito, booked on suspicion of killing a policeman, New York], January 16, 1941 (wn.2195)


Weegee, Naked City, 1945, pp.162-163

In the Line-Up Room
This guy killed a cop in a hold up. First he got a black eye… then the electric chair in Sing Sing prison…

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