Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives Sep 29 1957, Page 28

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - September 29, 1957, Florence, South CarolinaCase of the Dapper f. Raimon Art by Arm Kahn Gene Niemey Katharine Hepburn the bold jewel thief who invaded wealthy Homes and calmly walked off with priceless gems had been seen by Many witnesses but none realized that he was a burglar. He was a Stocky Well dressed Little Man in his Middle thirties with Bushy dark hair a trim Mustache and a suave manner. The Brief Case he invariably carried and his Horn rimmed glasses gave him the air of a professional Man. Because of his appearance and the Success of his crimes the police dubbed him the his favorite Hunting grounds were Hollywood and new York and he seemed to have a special Affinity for entertainers. His victims included Gene Niemey Gertrude Niesen Katharine Hepburn and Kenny Delmar As Well As such new York society leaders As mrs. Dorothy Schlesinger and mrs. John Morgan. Miss Hepburn awoke from a Nap in her new York apartment to find the professor carefully going through her jewel Case. She screamed and he fled by the time she reached the Street to spread the alarm he had vanished. The professor seemed to know the habits of his victims. He invaded the new York apartment of Gene Tierney while she was in Hollywood and carried off her most valuable jewels. At the Schlesinger Home he went to a second floor bedroom and walked out with a jewel Case and its contents. Some of the guests who saw him thought he was polite because he turned his Back when he had a sudden coughing spell the morgans were not at Home but Many serv ants were when he stole mrs. Morgan s jewels. The professor s total take was estimated at More than a million dollars but the jewels never showed up in pawnshops. Even More puzzling to police was How he gained Entrance How he evaded suspicion when seen and How he managed to disappear so completely. Detective William Mulligan assigned to protect new York s Park Avenue Homes for 23 years was put on the Case. Mulligan who has trapped dozens of jewel thieves could t explain How he could pick out a thief from a group of people except that he was a keen observer. A slight furtive action often put him on the Trail of a thief. He studied the reports and reached Back into his memory. The burglar he decided was George Feld Black sheep son of a prosperous Brooklyn merchant though Feld had t visited his known haunts for several years. Mulligan and his squad began cruising Park Avenue and other streets where wealthy apartment dwellers could be expected to keep expensive jewels. Discouraging Days passed but Mulligan finally spotted a car with California plates. He managed to get a Good look at the Driver and recognized him As Feld. The detectives trailed Feld to a Brooklyn jew Elry store and watched As he strode through the shop to a Back room where he remained 30 min utes. They followed him Back to Manhattan and watched him enter Many apartment buildings each time coming out after Only a few minutes. Then at one Stop he was gone longer and mul Ligan decided Feld had found a victim. Feld was arrested and relieved of Worth of jewels taken from the apartment he had just entered despite a locked door. Yet he carried no burglar tools Feld denied the thefts until he was identified by several victims. Then he confessed but boasted he would t go to prison. After a series of psychiatric examinations he was committed to mat Tea wan state Hospital on april 13, 1949. The two owners of the jewelry store Feld had visited cleared up one mystery Feld removed the stones from their settings during his Back room visits and the jewellers then sold them. Both were convicted of receiving stolen property. In testimony before the grand jury Feld himself explained other puzzling aspects of his burglaries. Gaining Entrance to the Schlesinger apartment had been easy. Mrs. Schlesinger was entertaining and he simply followed a Stream of people inside de touring upstairs to the bedroom. At the Morgan Home he waited until a delivery boy left groceries and went in As the boy came out a maid was there but her Back was turned. He quickly slipped into another room just before she closed the Back door. But How did he go through locked doors Feld had discovered that by wrapping a handkerchief around his right hand and rapping smartly just above a lock he could momentarily dislodge the tumblers. With his left hand on the Knob he swung the door open. The tumblers fell Back into place leaving no evidence of forcible entry. If the occupant happened to come Homic while he was in an apartment he talked his Way out by pretending he was visiting another family and had gone to the wrong apartment by mistake. To do this convincingly he memorized names on the directory in the lobby. Feld s biggest mistake was in returning to new York. Though More than 10 years had elapsed since their last meeting detective Mulligan never forgot the Dapper bold Little Man who looked like the popular Conception of a professor. Family week la. September

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