JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: How to get detail on a NYC Murder from 1938 #general

Ron Arons


Here's how to get more information:

1. The easiest fruit to pick is the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, which is now online and
searchable for the years around the time of this murder. Go to . Click on 'Search' and type in the name
'Herman Hecht'. Narrow down the search time period to 1938 to 1939. I found an
article dated 15 March, 1939 which describes the event.

2. Look for other newspapers available in the same time frame, most notably, the
Brooklyn Citizen. The New York State Newspaper Project
( tells where you can find various
historical newspapers (probably not online). The Brooklyn Citizen, for example, is
available at several places, including: the Brooklyn Public Library and the New
York Public Library (42nd St).

3. Look for a criminal court case at the NYC Archives (31 Chambers St). See:

Happy hunting and collecting.

Ron Arons

Moishe Miller wrote:
Can anyone offer guidance on obtaining newspaper and police reports for the murder
of Herman (Hersh Mylech) HECHT in Brooklyn, NY on April 20th, 1938 at 8pm?

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