Hoboken author to discuss 'Killing the Poormaster' at Jersey City's Casa Colombo

Nov 08, 2014 879

by Wilson Conde

Jersey City's Casa Columbo is inviting history buffs and fans of crime mysteries to a book signing with Hoboken author Holly Metz, who will discuss her book "Killing the Poormaster" at the 4 p.m. event on Nov. 16. Fran DePalma-Iozzi, Casa Colombo's programming chair, said the book chronicles the death of a Hoboken welfare official, then known as a "poormaster," in the late 1930s.

The death occurred on Feb. 25, 1938, when Hoboken's poormaster Harry Barck died during a scuffle with an unemployed resident named Joe Scutellaro. Barck suggested Scuttelaro's wife go into prostitution, rather than give Scuttelaro any public assistance benefits, Iozzi said.

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Source: http://www.nj.com/

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