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Item 1020 - Charles Solomon Signed Check and His Murderer's Wanted Card Catalog 566 (Sep 2019)

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Mob boss (1884-1933) who controlled Boston's bootlegging, narcotics, and gambling during the Prohibition era. National Shawmut Bank of Boston check, 6.5 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Solomon, "Charles Solomon," payable to cash for $15,000, October 28, 1929. Also includes an official Boston Police Department printed wanted card for Solomon's murderer, John J. Burke, alias Edward J. Baker, 8 x 8, charged with "the murder of Charles Solomon by shooting, in this city, January 24, 1933." The card is stamped "Indexed," and annotated in type, "Apprehended," with notes on Burke's arrest typed on the reverse. In fine condition. Solomon wrote this enormous check for $15,000 in cash on the eve of 'Black Tuesday' in 1929, amidst the devastating stock market crash that signaled the beginning of the Great Depression. Solomon would be gunned down in the men's room of Boston's Cotton Club on January 24, 1933.

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