Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
October 24, 2021
Rogue's Corner: HERMAN PALMER (189)
Twenty-nine years old in 1886. German, born in New York. Single. Shoemaker and carpenter. Stout build. Height, 5 feet 8 inches. Weight, 167 pounds. Light hair, small gray eyes, light complexion, thick lips. German appearance. Hair inclined to be curly. A good, stout lump of a man. Has plenty of nerve.
HERMAN PALMER is a brother of August Palmer (63), both of whom are well known in all the Eastern cities, especially in Philadelphia and New York, where they made a specialty of blowing open pawnbrokers' safes. They are both expert safe burglars, and have a quick and noiseless method of opening a safe in a very short time. Herman has served terms previously in Sing Sing prison and on Blackwell's Island, N. Y.
He was arrested in New York City on February 17, 1881, charged with robbing a safe in Meyer's pawnshop, at No. 528 Second Avenue, on the night of April 30, 1880, of $6,000 worth of watches and jewelry. His brother August was arrested in this case. tried, convicted, and sentenced to five years in State prison at Sing Sing, N. Y., on June 28, 1880. Herman was discharged in this case, as there was no evidence against him.
He was arrested again in New York City on July 19, 1884, charged with burglarizing a hardware store at No. 1011 Third Avenue, on July 17, where he obtained $800 worth of silverware. For this he was convicted of receiving stolen goods, and was sentenced to four years in Sing Sing prison on August 12, 1884.
Ferdinand H. Hoefner, who had bought $200 worth of the stolen property from Herman, and who was used as a witness against him on the trial, was assaulted and terribly beaten by August Palmer, Herman's brother. For this August was sentenced to three years in State prison, for assault in the third degree, on September 19, 1884.
Herman's sentence will expire on August 12, 1887.
His picture is an excellent one, taken in February, 1881.