Sloatsburg Mayor Carl Wright recounts the 1952 killing of Ramapo City Clerk Robert Nugent and banker Charles Simpson.
Peter Carr/The Journal Information
SLOATSBURG – The brutal killings of a disabled World Conflict II hero and a New Jersey banker despatched shock waves via this small western Ramapo village in October 1952.
Ramapo City Clerk Robert Nugent, forty three, and Charles Simpson, 38, have been discovered shot within the again, mendacity face down within the filth. Every man additionally had a bullet gap by way of the head, fired from shut vary.
A gutted deer lay between them. Each males possible have been inspecting the carcass once they have been shot on Oct. 25, 1952, in Sterling Forest in Orange County, about 4 miles north of the village.
On Tuesday, almost sixty five years afterward, the story of the Nugent-Simpson murders might be informed once more in a Sloatsburg courtroom.
Sloatsburg Mayor Carl Wright, a retired highschool historical past instructor, will lead a panel comprising Ramapo Historian Craig Lengthy, a Suffern police detective; Frank Dailey, former Sloatsburg police chief; Sloatsburg Historian Harrison Bush; retired Journal Information reporter James Walsh, who reported on the homicide trial; and retired Journal Information editor/columnist Bob Baird.
The Nugent-SImpson slayings in 1952 turned nationwide information. The optics have been irresistible for the tabloid press in addition to native retailers together with The Journal-Information.
Headlines screamed from pages of the New York Every day Information: “Deer Poachers Homicide Two” and “Cops Hunt Ramapo Deer Poachers.”
A bit extra sedate, “Police face clean wall in attempting to find Ramapo assassin,” learn a banner headline in The Journal-Information, and Lengthy stated the paper ran the story on Web page One for a month straight.
“It turned nationwide information,” Lengthy stated Thursday. “Near 200 papers coated the story on their entrance pages.”
‘Homicide was an exception’
Wright, eleven on the time and a pal of the Nugent household, stated homicide was unusual in Rockland, not to mention Sloatsburg, a village of two,010 individuals then on the outskirts of western Ramapo, bordering parkland and Tuxedo in Orange County.
The murders got here as residents ready for the large change coming in a couple of years: development of the New York State Thruway and the Tappan Zee Bridge.
“Rockland nonetheless could possibly be characterised as rural and rustic group with a inhabitants of eighty,000,” Wright stated. “In these days, homicide in Rockland was an exception. The brutality of the dying made this case much more sensational.
Nugent and Simpson left for…