THE LONG VERSION OF THE STORY
The sensational media accounts of the investigation into Frankie’s murder supply the most details about the complex case. Yet, the articles are also riddled with hints and innuendos that raise further questions and provide tremendous insight into the cloud of ethical ambiguity cast by the Eighteenth Amendment. During the year 1933, Frankie’s case was the subject of over 30 articles in the Boston newspapers as local, state, and federal officials attempted to prosecute the high-level gangsters believed to be responsible for the killing, the flood of illegal liquor being smuggled into Massachusetts, and the extensive corruption on the Cape.
ICS was thrilled when a dossier containing graphite drawings of regional newspaper reports on the case was anonymously donated to The Lost Clew Archives. Follow the investigation by clicking on the headlines below to bring up the full articles.