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White, Thomas McKinley

(born: 1899) 

Thomas McKinley White, from Henderson, KY, was chauffeur for the gangster Gerald Chapman. Chapman was hanged in 1926 for the 1924 murder of policeman James Skelly in New Britain, CT.

White claimed that he had been driving the getaway car the night of the murder and that Chapman had given him $8,000 and told him to leave town and not talk. According to the Henderson police, White, who was extremely ill and not expected to live, had turned himself in and was willing to testify against Chapman.

For more see "Negro accuses Chapman," New York Times, Special to the New York Times, 4/03/1926, p. 8.

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