Police Admit They Have Run Down Every Clue Without
Reaching a Solution of the Mysterious Brooklyn Murder
The mystery surrounding the murder of saloonkeeper Frank McNally of No. 104 Park Avenue, Brooklyn is as far from solution as ever. Today Capt. Toole of the Flushing Avenue station authorised this statement:
“We nave worked every clue in our possession its end and have discovered nothing We have no information which warrants us making an arrest.”
It developed today that less than a week before the murder McNally’s apartment over his saloon was robbed. Toma Hanlon, the actress, to whom he was engaged, said that she went to see McNally about two weeks ago, and that she found the door of his rooms open. She summoned McNally from the saloon below. He, after making a search, announced that a roll of bills amounting to $57 had been taken from the pocket of a pair of trousers.
“About the story told by two boys that I had a key to Frank’s apartment, I want to say that either the boys are either vicious liars or they are simply fools, who are repeating something they have heard somewhere. I never in my life had a key to the flat and never even had the use of Frank’s own key. He wore it on a ring attached to his trousers by a chain and never took it from the ring.”
An expert was employed to open the safe in the saloon today and McNally’s brother, Owen J. McNally, Capt. Toole and half a dozen detectives were present to investigate the contents in the hope of discovering some thread to have a clue on. They found a piece of gaspipe, a lamp shade and slate containing the names of customers who had sought credit in the saloon, a few old bankbooks, and a fire insurance policy. There were no letters or memoranda of any kind.
— The Evening World, 26 September 1904