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Sue for Bob
Re: the gas station that changed history
Sun Dec 3, 2017 11:34
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I wonder if Walter Lyle knew Hauptmann as a regular customer? Or an infrequent customer that Lyle had waited on in the past, but just didn't recognize again?

Had Hauptmann been to that filling station in the past?

Maybe Hauptmann had just a few places where he liked to get gas, and the Warner-Quinlan station at Lexington and East 127th Street was one of them?

Maybe being familiar with the area, he just went back to think things over?

Fisch was dead at the time, true, but I think there were specific reasons that caused Hauptmann to revisit that area in September of 1934.

Other than filling up his gas tank.


  • the gas station that changed historybob mills for sue and forum, Sun Dec 3 08:23
    Great find, Sue. I've always wondered what Hauptmann was doing in that specific area on the day he bought gas. Was he near a carpentry job? Just driving around aimlessly? The fact that he was near... more
    • Re: the gas station that changed history — Sue for Bob, Sun Dec 3 11:34
      • The gas station - then and now-ishSam, Mon Dec 4 11:27
        First, have a look at the Warner-Quinlan station in the days of BRH's arrest. I clipped this from a newsreel. Here's what it looks like now (or rather in 2007, on Rich's tour).
      • warner-quinlanbob mills for sue, Sun Dec 3 13:07
        Lexington and 127th St. isn't exactly around the corner from where Hauptmann lived, so you're probably right that he had more of a reason to be in that neighborhood than just buying gas. I remember... more
        • Re: warner-quinlanAnonymous, Mon Dec 11 18:37
          "I remember reading (can't remember where) that several people connected tangentially to the LKC worshiped at the Birritella church, including Jacob Nosovitzky (not his real name, apparently) and... more
        • Church on East 127th Street & ConnectionsSue for Bob, Tue Dec 5 22:46
          Wayne Jones book covers the characters who attended The Temple of Divine Power. A lot of occultic connections in the Lindbergh case. Anne attended a seance in the baby's nursery, according to Berg. I ... more
        • why Warner-Quinlan?Richard E Sloan, Mon Dec 4 13:47
          Could be that it was such a large station that it sold gas cheaper than stations in da Bx.
          • warner-quinlanbob mills for richard and forum, Tue Dec 5 04:39
            Possibly, but it strikes me that a guy who was speculating in the stock market wouldn't be influenced by a penny or two per gallon difference between stations. It's also possible that he had gotten... more
            • gasRichard E Sloan, Tue Dec 5 08:46
              It sure is a mystery. one of so many in the case.
              • Fredericksen's Bakery UntenantedSue for Richard, Tue Dec 5 22:35
                Great pictures from these Rockland County newspapers! "To Lease for Bakery with Oven" Harry T. F. Johnson 28 E. Kingsbridge Rd. SED.3-4600 Bakery in Hauptmann Case -- Untenanted, the former bakery of ... more
                • bakery photoRichard E Sloan, Wed Dec 6 00:26
                  Thanx, Sue, for the pic of the one-time bakery, but that's the only one I have. I;ll have to ask Falzini if any of the scrapbook's of Thelma Miller that I didnt get to look at before she donated them ... more
        • Fisch's and the gas sta.Richard Sloan, Mon Dec 4 10:30
          Steve Romeo and I drove around the corner and Fisch's apt. was long gone. I think a bus terminal is there now? Do you recall, Steve?
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