Xyz Xyz

Xyz Xyz

Death 13 Dec 1899
Deep River, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Deep River, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Plot Cypress Hill Section
Memorial ID 109742571 · View Source
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In 1899 he came to Deep River with three other men to rob the local bank and was shot trying to enter the building. He was laid out at the local funeral parlor in the hope someone would identify him. A letter came asking that he be buried with the marker xyz. For years after his death a woman dressed in black would come on the anniversary of his death and place flowers on his grave.

"Mystery of the Red Carnations" by Mary C. Jane is about XYZ and the mysterious woman who routinely placed carnations on his grave.

There is an article in Valley News Now that identifies the name of XYZ:

An article published in the New Era dated Feb. 23, 1900.

A headline said, “THE BURGLAR IDENTIFIED. His name Frank Howard, and was a Deep-dyed Criminal.”
A full column of reporting followed. It said that detectives of the American Bankers Association had been working hard on the case.
He was also known as Frank Ellis and Tom Howard. In another place, as P.E. King.

He was traced back to Mancelona, Michigan, and to Albany, N.Y., and to Springfield, Mass. He was described as a desperate and hardened criminal.
In one robbery he shot a man (used a revolver!). The man recovered. In a hardware store he blew up the safe but got little. One time he was pursued by two officers. They tried to arrest him. He drew his revolver and shot one man in the back (no mention how seriously) and took off. Was arrested later in the day “after an exchange of several shots. It was thought for a time that a lynching would follow.” The detectives also got info about the three who escaped after the Deep River try. “The same three men were in the gang that shot the watchman in the Bridgeport affair (?) a few weeks after the killing of the burglar in this place.”


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  • Created by: Suzanne
  • Added: 30 Apr 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 109742571
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Xyz Xyz (unknown–13 Dec 1899), Find a Grave Memorial no. 109742571, citing Fountain Hill Cemetery, Deep River, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Suzanne (contributor 47992853) .