Image: Anthony Esposito, Accused
(Zloczew, Austria (now Poland), 1899 - 1968, New York, New York)

Anthony Esposito, Accused "Cop Killer" , 1941

Gelatin silver print
13 1/4 in. x 10 3/8 in. (33.66 cm x 26.35 cm)
Gift of Carolyn and Norman Carr
"Gunman Doesn't Want His Picture Taken. For the first time since Bruno Richard Hauptman, 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 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. The yardstick is 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.'"  
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