New York– Joseph Clark, a sailor was sentenced to death today for the murder of Officer George T. Gillespie on July 10th.The murder happened across the street from 68 Oliver Street at around 1 o’clock in the morning. Gillespie came to the scene while on patrol with Officer Micheal Sullivan to break up what Sullivan thought was a fight.
Both officers told the group of seven to eight men to disperse, while some of the men did others stayed. While Gillespie was standing in the alley-way Clark came up behind him and struck Gillespie in the back of the head. Gillespie was pronounced dead at the hospital later that day and had a crack in the back of his head from ear to ear.
THE WEAPON Clark struck Gillespie in the back of the head which measures about 4 feet long and had the width of a man’s arm. Clark struck Gillespie three times, once when Gillespie entered the alley and twice when he was on the ground.
Clark had nothing to say ” but I did not intend to kill the man, that is all I have to say.”
SENTENCING OF A SAILOR Judge J. Mitchell sentenced Clark to hang ” by his neck until you be dead” on Friday, November 21st.
“I don’t care so much for being hung as i do about eating a bad breakfast, for I had no intention of killing the man when I stuck him,” said Clark.