To the Editor,
Eugene M. Newman, murdered by William V. Cleary in 1914, was my great-uncle. I and my father (his nephew, whom he never knew) were named after him. I knew nothing of this story until years after I had grown up and moved to Chicago. It was never discussed during my childhood in the 50s and 60s, and judging from your article it is still a sore subject for some. I thank you, and your writer Cheryl Slavin, for marking the 100th anniversary by making the story public again with such a carefully researched, detailed, and well written piece. For myself, and for my former hometown of Haverstraw, I can only say that as the adage states, the truth shall set you free.
Great-nephew of Eugene M. Newman