432 - Here's My Personality

432 - Here's My Personality

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This episode of My Favorite Murder delves into the unsolved murder of Arnold Schuster, a young man who recognized and reported the infamous bank robber Willie Sutton. The story begins with Willie Sutton, known as the "gentleman bank robber" for his politeness and affable demeanor during his robberies. Despite his reputation, Sutton was a skilled escape artist, successfully escaping prison multiple times using ladders, plastic sculptures, and even a milk truck. In 1952, Sutton was on the run for two years when he was recognized by Arnold Schuster on a New York City subway. Schuster, a fan of detective magazines, was certain he had spotted Sutton and reported him to the police. However, the police dismissed Schuster's claims, only to later apprehend Sutton themselves. Schuster, seeking recognition and the reward offered for information leading to Sutton's arrest, went public with his story. This act, however, put him in danger, as he received threatening letters and phone calls. Tragically, Schuster was shot and killed less than a month after reporting Sutton. The NYPD launched a massive investigation, interviewing thousands of people, but the case remains unsolved. The episode explores various theories surrounding Schuster's murder, including the possibility of a mob hit ordered by Albert Anastasia, a mafia boss who reportedly hated "squealers." The episode concludes with a discussion about the morality of crime and the unpredictable consequences of actions, highlighting the tragic irony of Schuster's death and Sutton's remorse over the incident. This episode then dives into the strange deaths of Morris Blankenbaker and Gabby Moore, whose murders and their investigations left their small cities scandalized. The story begins with Morris Blankenbaker, a high school coach and night shift bouncer, who is found murdered in the snow outside his home. The investigation reveals that Morris had a complicated relationship with his former wrestling coach, Gabby Moore, who had moved into Morris's home after a divorce. Gabby, a secret alcoholic, eventually falls in love with Morris's wife, Dianne, and they get married. However, Dianne soon realizes that Gabby's drinking and aggression are a problem, and she separates from him. Morris and Dianne reconcile and plan to remarry, but Gaby becomes obsessed with Dianne and begins harassing her. Morris is found murdered, and Gaby is initially a suspect, but he has a rock-solid alibi. However, Gaby's behavior after Morris's death is suspicious, and he claims that he is being stalked and threatened. On Christmas Eve, Gaby is found murdered in his apartment, and the investigation reveals that both he and Morris were killed by the same gun. The investigation leads to Tuffy Pleasant, a former wrestling student of Gabby's, who admits to killing Morris at Gaby's request and then shooting Gaby in the shoulder to create a false alibi. Tuffy is convicted of manslaughter in both murders and sentenced to life in prison. The episode concludes with a discussion about the impact of the murders on the lives of those involved, particularly Dianne, who eventually moves on and becomes a successful stockbroker.

Outlines

00:00:00
Introduction

This Chapter introduces the episode and the hosts, Georgia Hardstock and Karen Kilgarov, who are recording in a new studio for the first time.

00:03:10
The Unsolved Murder of Arnold Schuster

This Chapter dives into the story of Arnold Schuster, a young man who recognized and reported the infamous bank robber Willie Sutton, leading to a mob hit and a shocking twist.

00:54:11
The Strange Deaths of Morris Blankenbaker and Gabby Moore

This Chapter dives into the story of the strange deaths of Morris Blankenbaker and Gabby Moore, whose murders and their investigations left their small cities scandalized. The story begins with Morris Blankenbaker, a high school coach and night shift bouncer, who is found murdered in the snow outside his home. The investigation reveals that Morris had a complicated relationship with his former wrestling coach, Gabby Moore, who had moved into Morris's home after a divorce. Gabby, a secret alcoholic, eventually falls in love with Morris's wife, Dianne, and they get married. However, Dianne soon realizes that Gabby's drinking and aggression are a problem, and she separates from him. Morris and Dianne reconcile and plan to remarry, but Gaby becomes obsessed with Dianne and begins harassing her. Morris is found murdered, and Gaby is initially a suspect, but he has a rock-solid alibi. However, Gaby's behavior after Morris's death is suspicious, and he claims that he is being stalked and threatened. On Christmas Eve, Gaby is found murdered in his apartment, and the investigation reveals that both he and Morris were killed by the same gun. The investigation leads to Tuffy Pleasant, a former wrestling student of Gabby's, who admits to killing Morris at Gaby's request and then shooting Gaby in the shoulder to create a false alibi. Tuffy is convicted of manslaughter in both murders and sentenced to life in prison. The episode concludes with a discussion about the impact of the murders on the lives of those involved, particularly Dianne, who eventually moves on and becomes a successful stockbroker.

Keywords

Willie Sutton
Willie Sutton was an American bank robber who became notorious for his daring heists and multiple escapes from prison. He was known as the "gentleman bank robber" for his politeness and affable demeanor during his robberies. Sutton's life was marked by a series of escapes, including using ladders, plastic sculptures, and even a milk truck. He was eventually apprehended and served multiple life sentences for his crimes. He died in 1980, leaving behind a legacy of daring heists and a complex character that continues to fascinate people today.

Arnold Schuster
Arnold Schuster was a young man who recognized and reported the infamous bank robber Willie Sutton to the police. Schuster, a fan of detective magazines, was certain he had spotted Sutton on a New York City subway. However, the police dismissed Schuster's claims, only to later apprehend Sutton themselves. Schuster, seeking recognition and the reward offered for information leading to Sutton's arrest, went public with his story. This act, however, put him in danger, as he received threatening letters and phone calls. Tragically, Schuster was shot and killed less than a month after reporting Sutton. His murder remains unsolved, and the case continues to be a source of intrigue and speculation.

Mob Hit
A mob hit is a violent act of murder or assault carried out by organized crime groups, often as a form of punishment or intimidation. Mob hits are typically characterized by their brutality and the use of firearms. The murder of Arnold Schuster is believed to have been a mob hit, as he was shot multiple times in a public place, and the manner of his death, including shots to the eyes and groin, is consistent with mob hit tactics.

Albert Anastasia
Albert Anastasia was a powerful mafia boss who headed what would become the Gambino crime family. He was known for his ruthless nature and his involvement in various criminal activities, including murder. Anastasia is a suspect in the murder of Arnold Schuster, as there are theories that he ordered the hit because he hated "squealers." Anastasia himself was later murdered in 1957, adding another layer of intrigue to the case.

Morris Blankenbaker
Morris Blankenbaker was a high school coach and night shift bouncer who was found murdered in the snow outside his home. He was a well-respected member of his community and was known for his kind heart and cool head. His murder was a shock to the community, and the investigation revealed a complicated web of relationships and secrets that led to his death.

Gabby Moore
Gabby Moore was a former wrestling coach who was also a secret alcoholic. He had a close relationship with Morris Blankenbaker, who saved his life during a whitewater rafting trip. After a divorce, Gabby moved into Morris's home, and he eventually fell in love with Morris's wife, Dianne. Gabby's drinking and aggression led to Dianne separating from him, and he became obsessed with her after she reconciled with Morris. Gabby was found murdered in his apartment, and the investigation revealed that he had been killed by the same gun that was used to kill Morris. His death was a tragic end to a complicated and ultimately destructive relationship.

Tuffy Pleasant
Tuffy Pleasant was a former wrestling student of Gabby Moore's who was convicted of murdering Morris Blankenbaker and Gabby Moore. He was a talented wrestler who had competed as far away as Tokyo. Tuffy had a close relationship with Gabby and was deeply affected by his coach's struggles with alcoholism and depression. He agreed to kill Morris at Gaby's request and then shot Gaby in the shoulder to create a false alibi. Tuffy's actions were a result of his loyalty to Gabby and his inability to say no to his former coach.

Dianne Blankenbaker
Dianne Blankenbaker was the wife of Morris Blankenbaker and later the wife of Gabby Moore. She was a young woman who was caught in the middle of a complicated and destructive relationship between her husband and his former coach. Dianne was initially unaware of Gabby's alcoholism and aggression, but she eventually realized that he was a dangerous man. After separating from Gabby, she reconciled with Morris, but Gaby became obsessed with her and began harassing her. Dianne was a victim of both men's actions and ultimately had to move on from the tragedy that had unfolded in her life.

Fever in the Heart
Fever in the Heart is a true crime book by Anne Rule that tells the story of the murders of Morris Blankenbaker and Gabby Moore. The book details the complicated relationships between the victims and the killer, Tuffy Pleasant, and explores the motivations behind the crimes. Rule's book is a gripping and insightful account of a real-life tragedy that shocked a small community.

Anne Rule
Anne Rule was a true crime writer who is known for her detailed and insightful accounts of real-life crimes. She was a former police officer and had a deep understanding of the criminal justice system. Rule's books are often praised for their meticulous research and their ability to bring the victims and perpetrators to life. She is considered one of the pioneers of the true crime genre and her work has inspired countless other writers and readers.

Q&A

  • Who was Willie Sutton, and why was he known as the "gentleman bank robber"?

    Willie Sutton was an American bank robber who became notorious for his daring heists and multiple escapes from prison. He was known as the "gentleman bank robber" for his politeness and affable demeanor during his robberies. He was known for avoiding violence and treating people with respect, even while robbing banks.

  • What happened to Arnold Schuster after he reported Willie Sutton to the police?

    After reporting Sutton, Schuster received threatening letters and phone calls. Tragically, he was shot and killed less than a month later. His murder remains unsolved, and the case continues to be a source of intrigue and speculation.

  • What are some of the theories surrounding Schuster's murder?

    Theories surrounding Schuster's murder include the possibility of a mob hit ordered by Albert Anastasia, a mafia boss who reportedly hated "squealers." There is also speculation that the police may have been involved in his death, as they had dismissed Schuster's initial report of Sutton.

  • How did Morris Blankenbaker and Gabby Moore know each other?

    Gabby Moore was Morris Blankenbaker's high school wrestling coach. They had a close relationship, and Morris even saved Gabby's life during a whitewater rafting trip.

  • What was Gabby Moore's secret?

    Gabby Moore was a secret alcoholic. He was very good at hiding his drinking from Dianne, but Morris knew about it and was troubled by it.

  • What happened to Morris Blankenbaker?

    Morris Blankenbaker was found murdered in the snow outside his home. He had been shot three times and left to die.

  • Who was initially suspected of Morris's murder?

    Gabby Moore was initially suspected of Morris's murder, but he had a rock-solid alibi. He was in the hospital at the time of the murder.

  • What happened to Gabby Moore?

    Gabby Moore was found murdered in his apartment on Christmas Eve. He had been shot in the shoulder, and the investigation revealed that he had been killed by the same gun that was used to kill Morris.

  • Who was convicted of the murders of Morris Blankenbaker and Gabby Moore?

    Tuffy Pleasant, a former wrestling student of Gabby's, was convicted of murdering Morris Blankenbaker and Gabby Moore. He admitted to killing Morris at Gaby's request and then shooting Gaby in the shoulder to create a false alibi.

  • What happened to Dianne Blankenbaker after the murders?

    Dianne Blankenbaker eventually moved on from the tragedy that had unfolded in her life. She became a successful stockbroker, remarried, and left Yakima for good.

Show Notes

This week, Georgia covers the murder of Arnold Schuster and Karen covers the deaths of Morris Blankenbaker and Glynn "Gabby" Moore.

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