New Rochelle Train Victim Identified as Dominick Fiscanti, 1925

Alleged Nephew of Von Tirpitz Had Pockets Full of Marks and Rubles

Neither the 100,000-mark German note nor the 1,000-ruble Russian note, found in his pockets, helped to identify the body of a man found along the tracks of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, at New Rochelle, N. Y. But a card in his pocket, bearing the name Alexander, and an address on Delancey Street, led detectives to a cafe where they were told that the dead man, Alexander, had once been a famous violinist, and was a nephew of Von Tirpitz, former head of the German navy.

But Detective Lester Condon did not give much credence to these tales. He took the dead man's finger prints and sent them to the Bureau of Criminal Identification of the New York City Police Department. Here he learned that the alleged "Alexander" was neither a famous violinist, nor a nephew of Von Tirpitz, but a certain Dominick Fiscanti, who had been arrested more than once in New York and Brooklyn.

1. Finger Print and Identification Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 4, October 1925, page 10.

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