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Benjamin Nathan

  • Birth 20 Dec 1813
  • Death 28 Jul 1870 Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Ridgewood, Queens County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 41959330

From dm wms:

The Atlanta Constitution August 11, 187
Page 2
The Nathan Murder
A mystery still hangs over the murder of Benjamin Nathan. The New York detectives seem thus far to be baffled. Large sums have been offered in the way of rewards to aid in unraveling the mystery. Thirty thousand dollars are offered for the arrest and conviction of the murderer or murderers; one thousand dollars for the recovery of the three diamond shirt studs which were taken from the clothing of the deceased; fifteen hundred dollars for the identification and recovery of the watches; one thousand dollars for information of the instrument, the dog, with which the murder was committed.

The following is from the New York Herald of the 7th:
What A Newsboy Saw
An evening paper of yesterday had the following as a new phase of the investigation and it is given for what it is worth. It may lead to something important.

Eight hundred dollars reward has been offered for the identification of a man who, on the morning of the murder of Mr. Nathan, was seen to pick up a piece of paper that was lying on the top front door step of the house in Twenty-third street. This is a new phase of the case and involves a curious and important piece of evidence.

The steps leading up to the front door of Mr. Nathan's house are sheltered from the rain by a portico or projecting roof, which affords an excellent opportunity to newsboys of folding their papers on wet mornings. One newsboy has long been in the habit of using the steps for this purpose and on the morning of the murder, which was as will be remembered very wet, he reached the house about five o'clock and found the front door open. Thinking that the servants were up early and were going to clean the entrance he went to the next house and folded his papers there. While he was occupied in this manner he saw a man in a laboring dress approaching with a dinner pail in his hand. This man paused when in front of Mr. Nathan's house and then ascended the steps to pick up a large piece of white paper which was lying on the top one. Having secured the paper he went on his way. A trifling incident of this kind attracted the boy's notice but little at the time, but assumed an aspect of importance when he heard the details of the murder an hour or two later. He at once went to the police and told his tale, whereupon a thorough search for the strange man was begun by the detectives. Hitherto they have not succeeded in finding him and it is supposed that he has either obtained possession of some paper of value, which he is unwilling to part with or has not yet associated the finding of it with the house in which the murder was committed or that he has forgotten all about it. If this story be true and there is no reason to doubt that it is so, it is clear that the door of the house was open in spite of the evidence of patrolman Mangam to the contrary. Young Mr. Nathan, General Frank P. Blair and the newsboy all concur in this important detail and Superintendent Jordan himself did not at the time credit the testimony of the officer.

Family Members

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  • Added: 14 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41959330
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Nathan (20 Dec 1813–28 Jul 1870), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41959330, citing Beth Olom Cemetery, Ridgewood, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .