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Charles Becker
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Birth: Jul. 26, 1870
Callicoon Center
Sullivan County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 30, 1915
Westchester County
New York, USA

Charles Becker was known as the first Policeman in the Country to be executed. Charles Becker died at the age of 45, just 4 days after his 45th Birthday. He was executed by the Electric Chair at Sing-Sing Prison in New York. He was a New York Police Officer that was convicted of ordering the murder of a Manhattan Gambler named Herman Rosenthal. He was the first American Policeman executed for murder. He arrived in New York City in 1890 at the age of 20 and joined the New York City Police Department in 1893 at the age of 23. He first came to public notice in 1896, when he arrested a known prostitute named Ruby Young, on Broadway. Ruby was in the company of known novalist, Stephen Crane, Mr. Crane refuted Officer Becker's claims. From 1902 thru 1903 Officer Becker was the Leader of the Patrolman's Reform Movement. In 1906 he worked a special unit out of headquarters, second in command, probing corruption, including that of Police Inspector Max Schmittberger. In 1911 Officer Becker was promoted to Lieutenant by Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo. Becker started extorting large sums from Manhattan Brothels and gambling houses in immunity from Police Action. In 1912 Becker was named as one of three most corrupt policemen in New York City, while invesitgating Herman Rosenthal. Two days later, Mr. Rosenthal was murdered, after the story broke. Becker proclaimed his innocense up to the day he died. Becker's wife was a Special Ed Teacher, he helped grade their papers, an extremely intelligent man and family-oriented, yet brutal and corrupt in business. He gained the respect of his fellow prisoners, while on Death Row, he read out loud to them for hours, out of Cowboy Books and Newspapers. Becker's only son, Howard P. Becker, became a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. A daughter, Charlotte Becker, was concieved shortly before his arrest and died in 1913, less than a day old. Charles Becker was buried next to his infant daughter. 
Family links: 
  Mary Becker (1831 - 1913)
  Letitia Stevenson Becker (1876 - 1942)
  Helen Lynch Becker*
  Mary Ann Mahoney Becker (1876 - 1895)*
  Howard Becker (1898 - 1960)*
  Charlotte Becker (1913 - 1913)*
  Mary Ann Becker Weyrauch (1854 - 1918)*
  Paul John Becker (1858 - 1942)*
  Catherine Becker Geuither (1862 - 1943)*
  Jackson Harvey Becker (1866 - 1931)*
  John C Becker (1868 - 1938)*
  Charles Becker (1870 - 1915)
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx County
New York, USA
Created by: Bonnie Fortney- Wichita,...
Record added: Aug 02, 2006
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Charles Becker
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Charles Becker
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Charles Becker
Added by: Bonnie Fortney- Wichita, Kansas
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