After the two murders in the Hell’s Kitchen Park on the evening of August 30, 1959, Salvador Agron and Louis Hernandez were not apprehended by police right away. They fled to the Bronx where they hid for awhile until they were eventually captured a few days later. During this time, the newspapers had been reporting heavily on the sensational news of the two boys killed in this gang murder. With the arrest of Sal, they had someone to put their sights on even though four other defendants had already been arrested. Sal didn’t disappoint — he was combative with the press and said things that newspaper editors dream about in order to sell more newspapers. For example, Sal was quoted as saying, “I don’t care if I burn, my mother could watch me.” Click here to see video footage of Salvador Agron taken by the press in 1959.
As could be expected, when Sal’s trial unfolded in 1960, it was reported on heavily as sordid details about the killing surfaced. People protested outside of the cell that Sal was being held in and there were death threats against Sal and Louis. In July 1960, all the defendants were found guilty and Sal was sentenced to death. However, shortly after the convictions Eleanor Roosevelt was instrumental in having Sal’s death penalty rescinded. In 1962, the conviction for Hernandez was overturned and he was re-sentenced, eligible to get out of prison in four years. Below is an interesting letter typed out on the top of a newspaper article about the case that was sent from a concerned citizen to the District Attorney: