Who are they?

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 defendants that are known the most for their role in the murder of Michael Farmer are the ones that were tried in adult court which typically receives the lion’s share of media attention.  These defendants were Louis Alvarez, Richard Hills, Leroy Birch, Leoncio DeLeon, John McCarthy, George Melendez and Charles Horton.

What some might not know is that there were actually 18 involved in the beating and stabbing death of Michael Farmer.  In addition to the seven listed above, there were 11 “juveniles,” or boys under the age of 16 that were tried in Children’s Court.  These juvenile defendants are all named in the book written by the Judge of the trial and listed below:

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Because they were tried in Children’s Court which is restricted to the public, there isn’t as much information about these boys as there are about the “main” defendants.  I came across these two unnamed photos of two of the eleven juveniles listed above.  I’m hoping somebody might recognize them and will be able to email me at [email protected] to let me know who they are (click to enlarge):

mugshot of unknown defendant in Michael Farmer murder 1957

mugshot #2 of unknown defendant in Michael Farmer murder 1957













So far I have been able to ascertain with confidence that these pictures are NOT of Patrick O’Kelly, Vincent Pardon, Ervin Cotten, Howard Rowan or Julio Cluson.

Do you know who they are?