Leon Liss, Barney Mortillaro, Milton (Shuffles) Goldberg, Louis Liss, Pasquale Chicarelli and Whittemore gang leader Richard Reese Whittemore (l. to r.) in a police lineup  (above), after they were implicated in a gem holdup on West 48th St. in Manhattan. (March 1965)

Classic Crime Photos: Tabloid Views of New York Noir

From mob hits to random murders, one newspaper covered it all.

Leon Liss, Barney Mortillaro, Milton (Shuffles) Goldberg, Louis Liss, Pasquale Chicarelli and Whittemore gang leader Richard Reese Whittemore (l. to r.) in a police lineup (above), after they were implicated in a gem holdup on West 48th St. in Manhattan. (March 1965) Edward Metelski, who murdered a policeman, and Paul Semenkewitz sit bruised and bleeding after they escaped from Middlesex County Jail and were re-captured by police. (December 1935) New York Daily News Archive Edward Metelski, who murdered a policeman, and Paul Semenkewitz sit bruised and bleeding after they escaped from Middlesex County Jail and were re-captured by police. (December 1935) William Patrick Farrell, seen here in a police van, confessed to the murder of college student Ann Yarrow. Police said that Farrell, 25, reenacted the Yarrow slaying for them after they had arrested him on the charge of raping his sister-in-law and asked if he had committed any other violent offenses. (March 1955) New York Daily News Archive William Patrick Farrell, seen here in a police van, confessed to the murder of college student Ann Yarrow. Police said that Farrell, 25, reenacted the Yarrow slaying for them after they had arrested him on the charge of raping his sister-in-law and asked if he had committed any other violent offenses. (March 1955) Isadore Strauss in jail cell at police headquarters after his arrest for murder and robbery. (January 1935) New York Daily News Archive Isadore Strauss in jail cell at police headquarters after his arrest for murder and robbery. (January 1935) Theodore A. Clement in the back of a police paddy wagon after allegedly shooting a man during a poker game. (January 1956) New York Daily News Archive Theodore A. Clement in the back of a police paddy wagon after allegedly shooting a man during a poker game. (January 1956) GRAPHIC CONTENT: “DEAD!” Under that blunt headline this sensational photo showed Ruth Snyder in the electric chair for the murder of her husband — the first such picture ever taken. (January 13, 1928) New York Daily News Archive GRAPHIC CONTENT: “DEAD!” Under that blunt headline this sensational photo showed Ruth Snyder in the electric chair for the murder of her husband — the first such picture ever taken. (January 13, 1928) New York mobster Abe "Kid Twist" Reles (center) in a police mug shot. (November 1938) New York Daily News Archive New York mobster Abe "Kid Twist" Reles (center) in a police mug shot. (November 1938) GRAPHIC CONTENT: Liquor store owner Abraham Weissman reportedly shot Otis Mims during an attempted robbery. (January 1955) New York Daily News Archive GRAPHIC CONTENT: Liquor store owner Abraham Weissman reportedly shot Otis Mims during an attempted robbery. (January 1955) Harry F. Powers, also known as the Butcher of Clarksburg (West Virginia), targeted women at Lonely Hearts Clubs and was found guilty of mass murder. He hanged for his crimes in 1932. (September 1931) New York Daily News Archive Harry F. Powers, also known as the Butcher of Clarksburg (West Virginia), targeted women at Lonely Hearts Clubs and was found guilty of mass murder. He hanged for his crimes in 1932. (September 1931) Nela Bogacki, alias Nella Bogart, alleged madame of a call girl ring, handcuffed to Salema Hontover after being seized by the FBI. (October 1956) New York Daily News Archive Nela Bogacki, alias Nella Bogart, alleged madame of a call girl ring, handcuffed to Salema Hontover after being seized by the FBI. (October 1956) On October 25, 1957, Albert Anastasia was murdered in the barbershop of New York’s Park Sheraton Hotel. Anastasia founded Murder, Inc., a gang of hired killers, and was boss of what would become the Gambino crime family. New York Daily News Archive On October 25, 1957, Albert Anastasia was murdered in the barbershop of New York’s Park Sheraton Hotel. Anastasia founded Murder, Inc., a gang of hired killers, and was boss of what would become the Gambino crime family. GRAPHIC CONTENT: A manacled LeRoy Luscomb, charged with first degree murder in the killing of his wife with a deer rifle. (April 1943) New York Daily News Archive GRAPHIC CONTENT: A manacled LeRoy Luscomb, charged with first degree murder in the killing of his wife with a deer rifle. (April 1943) John Kerr and Peter Macon were being booked on a mugging charge. When Daily News photographer Phil Grietzer started taking photos, the two men charged at him. Another photographer got this picture of the ruckus. (January 1955) Bettmann John Kerr and Peter Macon were being booked on a mugging charge. When Daily News photographer Phil Grietzer started taking photos, the two men charged at him. Another photographer got this picture of the ruckus. (January 1955) Frank Lott sits in the 32nd Precinct after police caught him and beat him for allegedly murdering Officer Francis X. Walsh. Lott pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 50 years to life. He was paroled in 1979. (September 1961) New York Daily News Archive Frank Lott sits in the 32nd Precinct after police caught him and beat him for allegedly murdering Officer Francis X. Walsh. Lott pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 50 years to life. He was paroled in 1979. (September 1961) Driver Thomas Bilotti lies on the street after he and mafia boss Paul Castellano were shot dead outside Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan. The hit, reportedly engineered by John “The Dapper Don” Gotti, was one of the most notorious in mob history. (December 1985) New York Daily News Archive Driver Thomas Bilotti lies on the street after he and mafia boss Paul Castellano were shot dead outside Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan. The hit, reportedly engineered by John “The Dapper Don” Gotti, was one of the most notorious in mob history. (December 1985)