Escapes

The Jail in 1933 held one of its most colorful inmates, the nationally known mob figure Eddie Adamsky of the “After Dinner Gang”.  The gang was so named for robbing wealthy South Jersey and Philadelphia families while they were out for dinner.  His delicate sandpapered fingertips opened a thousand safes without the aid of knowing the combination.  He had already spent much of his 28 years in jail.  He ended up here after attempting to pawn a ring from one of the heists in a Newark hock shop. Interrogation by County Detective Ellis Parker revealed Adamsky’s connection with a pistol stolen in Illinois and used to murder a man in Palmyra.  He supposedly sawed the bars in his window and escaped on a rope made out of his bedsheets to the ground 20 feet below.  He then climbed over the prison yard wall.

Parker eventually tracked him down in New York City and brought him back to Burlington County, where he was tried for the Palmyra murder as well as the robberies.

The hole in the window through which he allegedly escaped was only 13 by 7 inches.  Do you think he really did escape through that little hole, or did he “slug a guard” and walk out the front door, as one of Parker’s detectives concluded?

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