DESCENDENT OF EUGENE NEWMAN THANKS THE ROCKLAND COUNTY TIMES AND CHERYL SLAVIN FOR MARKING 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF NORTH ROCKLAND’S “CRIME OF THE CENTURY”

To the Editor,

Eugene M. Newman, murdered by William V. Cleary in 1914, was my great-uncle. I and my father (his nephew, whom he never knew) were named after him. I knew nothing of this story until years after I had grown up and moved to Chicago. It was never discussed during my childhood in the 50s and 60s, and judging from your article it is still a sore subject for some. I thank you, and your writer Cheryl Slavin, for marking the 100th anniversary by making the story public again with such a carefully researched, detailed, and well written piece. For myself, and for my former hometown of Haverstraw, I can only say that as the adage states, the truth shall set you free.

Sincerely,

Eugene Newman
Chicago, Illinois
Great-nephew of Eugene M. Newman