Drinking with his mates, Paul Misik, 33, a Hungarian immigrant, accidentally dropped some coins on the bar floor. Everyone bent down to pick them up. When all had been found Misik said, “There’s 30 cents missing.” He turned accusingly to Charlie O’Brien and said, “You’ve got them!”

The rest of the evening simmered in denials and hostility. Next morning Misik confronted O’Brien at the stone quarry in Newington, Connecticut, where they both worked. O’Brien, needled, said, “Lay off it, or I’ll punch you in the mouth.”

Misik pulled out a handgun, shot O’Brien dead and fled for the woods, hiding out for three days before hunger induced him to give himself up. He was hanged at Connecticut State Prison on Thursday, February 11th, 1904.