The Press: Out of a Deep Freeze

The murder in May 1949 of Willie Lurye, an International Ladies' Garment Workers Union organizer, was a sensational news story. Shortly after he was stabbed to death in a telephone booth in Manhattan's garment center, the union posted a $25,000 reward for the capture of his killers; a few days later, tens of thousands of garment workers joined the funeral march (TIME, May 23, 1949) as 100 New York City detectives hunted the killers. The hunt was still at its height when Columnist Walter Winchell got into the case: from a friend "on the...

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