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New York's last pirate was the nation's first celebrity killer


Added 06-16-19 12:13:02am EST - “Thousands of New Yorkers jammed ferries out to Bedloe's Island for the execution of Albert Hicks, "The Last Pirate of New York". Those with a little extra money ponied up a dollar, for all the beer and oysters they could hold. A great…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “New York’s last pirate was the nation’s first celebrity killer”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Thousands of New Yorkers jammed ferries out to Bedloe’s Island for the execution. Those with a little extra money ponied up a dollar, for all the beer and oysters they could hold. A great show was promised on what’s now Liberty Island.

After all, this was no common criminal. This was Albert Hicks – serial killer, ax-murderer and “The Last Pirate of New York.”

That’s also the title of Rich Cohen’s new book. Its subtitle, “A Ghost Ship, a Killer and the Birth of a Gangster Nation” hints at additional horrors in store.

Hicks wasn’t just a proud and prolific criminal. He was a charismatic figure, the country’s original celebrity psycho.

Today there are movies about human monsters like Charles Manson, murderous mobsters like John Gotti. But it all began with Hicks, Cohen writes, the first front-page fiend and star of New York’s last public execution.

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