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War Lust In Brooklyn

Two super patriots, one 12 and the other 15, were in jail today because their efforts on behalf of the safety of the U.S. involved a slight disregard for the law.

Radio Patrolmen Edward Murphy and Edgar Lavole were riding along at 3 a.m. today when they saw Robert Dier, the 15-year-old, standing in the doorway at Pacific St and Fifth Av., Brooklyn, with Norman Eastwood.

The cops thought nothing of it for the time, but when they passed that way again the boys were still on hand. So the cops stopped and asked what went on.

Dier said that he and his young chum were waiting for an “L” train to pass. The cops thought this was strange, particularly as the Culver Line “L” has not been running for the last year. So they searched the kids.

Dier had a .22 rifle on him, the barrel up a sleeve and the breech and stock in a pants pocket. Eastwood was standing beside a beer carton which contained a sledge hammer, flashlight, wrench, jimmy and a pair of gloves.

At the Bergen St police station the pair broke down and confessed their intentions. They were most direct.

When the “L” train passed, according to the plan, they were have smashed the window of the Triangle Sporting Goods Co., at 182 Flatbush Av. What they wanted were the rifles and the hunting knives, they said.

“Rifles and knives?” asked the cops. “Heavens to Betsy! Whatever for?”

To equip our army,” said one of the kids. “We’ve read about Gen. MacArthur and they won’t take us because we’re too young. So we thought we’d get up an army of our own, to be ready when they need us.”

The charge is juvenile delinquency and the parents of the boys— described by both as very strict— were expected to serve a sort of court martial after the Children’s Court gets finished with the defendants.
New York Post, March 28, 1942

Caz Dolowicz was born on Sands Street in 1923, the son of 22-year-old single mother Helen Kockenlocker, of  the once prominent, then fallen Canarsie Kockenlockers. (There was no fortune, and Dolowicz is the name of Caz’s future step-father.) Although she sang along to Paul Robeson records often, Caz never saw his mom simulate a blowjob while doing so, unlike Betty Hutton in Miracle At Morgan’s Creek (1944)… whoa!

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