Harvey Glatman: The Early Years — Part 3

imageThe story so far:

In the summer of 1946, Ophelia Glatman received permission from the Colorado courts to take her son, Harvey, to stay with relatives named Feldman in New York.

Harvey Glatman had been arrested in Colorado in 1945 on charges of attempted robbery and was suspected of “terrorizing girls on Capitol Hill in Denver” by accosting them, undressing them and tying them to trees. According to 1946 news accounts, the Feldmans lived at 1565 Townsend Ave. in the Bronx and operated a summer concession in Rockaway.

On the afternoon of Aug. 17, 1946, Glatman, 18, left  the Feldmans’ apartment, telling his mother he was going to see the Marx Bros. “A Night in Casablanca.” Before Glatman left, he took a length of clothesline and was carrying a knife.

After seeing “A Night in Casablanca” in Manhattan, Glatman bought a toy pistol for 35 cents and took the subway to Woodlawn. From there, he boarded a trolley and then another trolley to get to Saw Mill River Road in Yonkers, N.Y.

Above right, the Yonkers Herald Statesman, Aug. 26, 1946.

21 Eastman Place, Yonkers, N.Y.

21 Eastman Place, Yonkers, N.Y., the home of one of Harvey Glatman’s intended victims, via Google Street View.


A little before midnight, Glatman encountered two sisters, Olga Metrick, 239 Saw Mill River Road, and Rose Gianzerra, 21 Eastman Place, walking home. Glatman tried to rob the women at Metrick’s home on Saw Mill River Road, but was scared off and “jumped over several fences.”

Saw Mill River Road and Worth Street, Yonkers, N.Y.

Saw Mill River Road and Worth Street, Yonkers, N.Y., via Google Street View.


Within an hour, Glatman encountered Thomas Staro, 183 Waverly St., and Doris Thorne, 329 Saw Mill Road, on Worth Street.

Glatman tried to rob the couple. First he tied Staro’s feet and hands, and gagged him with a handkerchief. As Glatman was tying Thorne to a tree and cutting the clothesline with a penknife, Staro got his hands free and attacked Glatman, who stabbed him with the knife.

Glatman ran away, leaving a sport coat. He later told police that he spent the night in the woods.

In the meantime, Yonkers Police Detectives Albert Hoffarth,  Robert Schlegel,  Louis Ligay and Dominick Cuccia recovered Glatman’s sport coat and found a dry cleaner’s identifying mark. Police began visiting dry cleaners in the New York area to see if any of them could identify the jacket’s owner.

After visiting hundreds of dry cleaners, the detectives located a shop in Rockaway and learned Glatman’s identity.

Police sent out a nationwide alert and got a kickback from Denver police that included Glatman’s police record and a photo. The hunt began for Harvey M. Glatman.

Glatman woke up the next morning, Aug. 18, after spending the night in the woods. He told police he walked through the forest until he reached Tarrytown, N.Y., and took a train to Albany, N.Y.

To be continued.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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