Crime Scene Photography · New York · Newspaper clippings

Mysterious phone call leads undertaker to dead body in wine cellar

From The Evening World (left article) and The New York Times (right)
Published January 19, 1917

Dominick Mostropaolo had his throat slit and was dragged between wine caskets before a strange phone call instructed an undertaker, who ran his business over the wine cellar, to check on Mostropaolo. It appears as though the mystery caller was never identified and Mostropaolo’s killer never brought to justice.

One thing to note: the body has been moved from its original position slumped against the barrels. Early forensic photography was more about the actual subject than the scene, so bodies were often moved, or guns would be examined then placed randomly just to be photographed.

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