Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
July 22, 2019
Rogue's Corner: FREDERICK BENNER (81)
Thirty-three years old in 1886. German. Born In United States. Barkeeper .Married. Well built. Height, 5 feet 6 1/2 inches. Weight, 148 pounds. Light hair, blue eyes, light complexion. Wears a light-colored mustache. Has letters "F. E." in India ink on his left fore-arm.
BENNER, alias "DUTCH FRED," is a New York burglar and pickpocket, having Sserved time in Philadelphia and New York penitentiaries for both offenses. He is very well known in both cities and is considered a clever man.
He was arrested on May 31, 1879, in the Lutheran Cemetery, on Long Island, N. V., in company of Johnny Gantz, another New York pickpocket, charged with picking a woman's pocket. He was sentenced to five years in Sing Sing prison, in the Queens County, Long Island, Court, in June, 1879. He made his escape from the jail in Long Island City, in company of three other prisoners, on June 28, 1879, by sawing through the iron bars of the jail windows. He was arrested again in New York City on July 24, 1879, and delivered to the Sheriff of Queens County, who at once delivered him to the prison authorities at Sing Sing.
Benner was arrested again in New York City, and sentenced to three years and six months in State prison at Sing Sing, on August 20, 1883, for burglary, under the name of Frederick Bennett. His time expired on April 20, 1886.
Dutch Fred's" picture is a good one, taken in October, 1871.