Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
May 25, 2019
Rogue's Corner: ABRAHAM GREENTHAL (152)
Sixty years old in 1886. Jew, born in Poland. Calls himself a German. Widower. No trade. Stout build. Height, 5 feet 8 1/2 inches. Weight, about 185 pounds. Dark hair. turning quite gray. Prominent nose-lines; mole near one of them. Beard, when grown, is a sandy gray. Generally has a smooth face.
"GENERAL" GREENTHAL is known all over the United States as the leader of the "Sheeny mob." He is acknowledged to be one of the most expert pickpockets in America. His home is in the Tenth Ward in New York City, and he has been a thief and receiver of stolen goods for the last thirty years. He has served time in several prisons and penitentiaries, but has generally obtained his release before his sentence expired. He is a clever thief, and will fight when forced to.
The"General" was arrested in Rochester, N. Y., on March 1, 1877, in company of his brother, Harris, and Samuel Casper, his son-in-law, for robbing a man - see record of No. (153) -, and sentenced on April 19, 1877, to twenty years in Auburn, N. Y., State prison. He was pardoned in the spring of 1884 by Governor Cleveland.
He was arrested again in Brooklyn, N. Y., on December 30, 1885, in company of Bendick Gaetz, alias "The Cockroach," for robbing Robert B. Dibble, of Williamsburg, N. Y., of a pocket-book containing $795 in money, on a cross-town horse-car in that city. The "General" pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the second degree, on March 23, 1886, and was sentenced to five years in Crow Hill prison by Judge Moore, in the Brooklyn Court of Sessions.
The "General" is an old friend of Mrs. Mandelbaum, who is now in Canada. Greenthal's picture is a splendid one, taken in March, 1877.