Thor defends himself 19 Sep 1923 Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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Thor defends himself 19 Sep 1923 Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 6 POLICE SEIZED Former Inspector General Alfred...
6 POLICE SEIZED Former Inspector General Alfred Thor of the. Police Department, reputed reputed owner of the truckload of liquor which, started the Petruccl case, resumed the stand today before before Judge Craln in General SenslonS. Manhattan, to be questioned further on his alleged dealings with whisky men. Thor acknowledged friendship lth Mannlo Kessler, whom John D. Lindsay, Lindsay, attorney for Magistrate Corrlffin, described us "a bootlcguer wilh clty-wldo clty-wldo clty-wldo reputation." Thor said h met Kessler around March, 1922, and since then had muny conferences with him, all of a social nature, he said. Thor is Eastern agent for the Brown-Forman Brown-Forman Brown-Forman Distilling Company. The clientele of this concern, he said, is composed of drug stores and hospitals. hospitals. - Thor denied ownership of the truckload of liquor which Detectives Lambert and Morrison are alleged lo have held for u $2,500 "shukedown" on May 28, 1921, and he has in stltuted a personal Investigation of the clulm that he end Inspectors o Brlen and O Connell were the own ers of the liquor. Thor obtained an introduction to a man numed Shi tin, also un alleged bootlegger, and urged Shevlin to clear up the case. Thor wus on the stand yesterday when court uiljourned. the last or a series of pcllce witnesses whose memories had betrayed them nt Ihe critical moment of taking the wit nesschn.r, rapt. Patrick J. Randies, who retired Irom the Department after a brief conference with Com missioner Knrleht last Monday, alone retained o good memory, but his Hps were scaled on police matters, ills testimony was that his previous dis-closurcH dis-closurcH dis-closurcH on the stand and his talk with Commlwloner Knrlght hud nothing to go with his uudden retire menl. Randies admitted, thoush. thut the regular semi-weekly semi-weekly semi-weekly meeting of district detective commanders had begun In his office in headquarters, and that tne noscn or so men were gathered to hear hi orders when li decided on the Inntunt to go In nnd see the Commissioner. Without dis closing his purpose to any of the detective chiefs, he hurriedly tuft them and entered the office. "I entered the office and said. 'Good morning. Commissioner.' H said, 'flood morning,' Then 1 told him what I'd testified. Al the end I said, "I wish to retire.' The Commissioner Commissioner snld. 'I'm sorry lo see you go. I nen i weni oui." Itnndles said he did not know that preparation of charges agalrst him for(gleot of duty hafl btto started. THOR WIN LIQUOR

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 19 Sep 1923, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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