JUSTICE STORY: Mystery of the Harlem Speedway murder revealed a shocking suspect
Added 09-20-20 08:13:02am EST - “The victim had been shot twice in the torso at point-blank range, and homicide dicks figured she'd been killed in a car and dumped on the side of the road in the dark, wee hours. There was no purse, but her jacket pocket held an odd…” - Nydailynews.com
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On July 19, 1937, the Manhattan woman by way of Marseille, France, was about to bid adieu to her lonely, love-starved existence.
She’d quit her job as a maid at Mount Sinai hospital, withdrawn her life savings — about $350, equal to $6,400 today and quite a tidy sum in the midst of the Great Depression — packed her bags and told her roommate she was off to sunny California to marry the handsome, strapping young man she’d met only a month ago.
At 8:30 p.m., just as the sun set on a balmy summer night, the roommate watched from the window as Pradier’s paramour pulled up in front of their E. 98th St. rooming house in a pea-green sedan.
For Pradier, a 37-year-old, sweet-natured brunette who spoke with an alluring French accent, the marriage was a ticket out of her humdrum routine and the end to her fears of dying a literal old maid.
At 5:30 a.m. the next morning, just as the sun was starting to rise, two bakers on their way to work approached a parked cop car and breathlessly told the officers what they’d just seen.
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