Before you get to the article…
On February 23, 2018, my book on the Mau Maus and Sand Street Angels, who were two Brooklyn youth gangs from the 1950s, has been completed. It took 15 years of research and writing to complete Brooklyn Rumble: Mau Maus, Sand Street Angels, and the End of an Era. This book is roughly 6″x9″ and has 370 pages and includes a look at the characters in the Mau Maus and the details of a gang killing that happened in February 1959 in front of the iconic Brooklyn Paramount Theater (now Long Island University). If you want to buy a copy, click here and this link will take you to an online ordering page.
The notoriety of the infamous “Capeman” murders in the hot summer of 1959 cannot be overstated: it was probably the most widely reported gang killing from the 1950s, except for perhaps the death of young Michael Farmer in July 1957.
The press went hay-wire reporting about Salvador Agron, delving into his past, his character, the gang he was in and the innocent boys he killed. Shortly after he was arrested, the police paraded their captured prey in front of the TV cameras and peppered him with questions. For more details on this, click here. A reader sent a message to me the other day, sending me a YouTube link to a documentary called ‘Latino Americans: The New Latinos (Episode 4).” Starting at the 14:03 mark, the documentary devoted some commentary to the Capeman case and supplemented it with the video footage that I heard about but never seen. Click on the picture below to go to the video.