John Joyce

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BUFFALO SUSPECT NOT IN WANTED FOR JOYCE MURDER Scrasiton, April 2. M. A. Rafter. h"ad of the Rafter Detective Agency, announced this afternoon that he was seeking Alfred William, aged 24, who came to Scran ton from Philadelphia on March 24 as agent fur tho Colliers' Publishing Co. for the murder of John Jcyc. of Pittston. Rafter's grounds for suspecting Williams ore unknown, but it is rumored someone identified the man who whs in Joyce's company before the crime. After he had learned that the man arrested in Buffalo for the hilling ot John Joyce, of Went Railroad street, in Scranton. early Wednesday morning, was not tho man wanted. Super - irtendent of Police Lona I:. Day, of the Electric City, declared that lie was no: satisfied with the stories loid by the three wltnsses of lie? slaying of Joyce, namely, G sorgo Rock - weller. a bart'ider' Fred Bioi.ien - kamp, a porter, and Nicholas Antfolo. who had charge of the lunch bar a1, the Burke iloiel, on Lackawanna ovenue. The police believe that the bartender knows more about the killing than he has told. Joyce received his pay at No. 6 colliery on Tuesday and had money on his person when he accompanied his sister - in - law to Scranton In the evening, with the intention of securing his brother's union card so that he might be able to git him a Job at one of the local colleries. His .brother. Edward, lives in Scranton. The victim left his home after 11 o'clock to come back to thid city. Just where he met the - stranger is not known. The bartender U credited with having said that both men walked into the saloon together and that they quarreled over the cost of living. It had also been said that after Joyce had been killed, his body was dragged to one side while the bartender waited on the trade who cam into the barroom at the time of the excitement. Detective 1 David Davis, of the Scranton police force, is In charge of the case, but has not announced any mw developments. The man arrested in Buffalo gave his name as Joseph Murphy, a New York bartender, tioorge Weinschank. another bartender at the Burke hotel, who went off duty Just before the tragedy, accompanied Detective Gilbert to Buft'ulo yesterday and, after looking over the suspect, declared thnt he was not the man he had seen tnktng to Joyce befor the crime. In his identification Weinschank wa pnstive. When arrested In Buffalo. Murphy said he had been in Scranton on Monday and had stayed nt Hotel Coyne that night. When Detective Davis investigated the man's story tho register at the Coyne did not show that he whs a guest there and none of the attaches of this hostelry knew anything about it. Police of New York also investigated the story that he had lived in that city. They learned Ihut the address .Murphy gave was fiet it Ions. These facts, coupled with the condition of the man's right hand, which wits b.mly swollen and bruised, led the police to believe that the arrest of Murphy was the best clue that they nnd worked on since the killing. The telegram from Detective Oil - bert saying thnt the man was not the trallty one shnttered th hopes of t! Sernnlon police, The deL'ctlv ,o are following up other clues whl".t they hope will lead to nn arrest bet ore an - o'her dny pns.spn. .... . v 7

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  1. Pittston Gazette,
  2. 02 Apr 1915, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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