In 1945, newspaper publisher Arthur Kasherman was gunned down on a snowy street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Was he a crusader for justice, or a low-life who angered the underworld once too many? Watch the video, read the stories and maybe you’ll solve a 65-year-old murder mystery.
Subscribe | Log in

Suspects

The Minneapolis Police Department’s homicide file never identified a firm suspect in the murder of Arthur Kasherman. But detectives interviewed a number of men who amounted to the rogue’s gallery of Minneapolis in 1945.

Who killed Arthur Kasherman?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...


Ray Sullivan:
As the man who inflicted the black eye on Kasherman’s date the night before, he had the most immediate motive to want to do harm to the guy that would be seen with his doll. He spent most of Monday, Jan. 22, 1945, in jail, thanks to his pounding of Pearl. He had a most elaborate alibi: after another lady friend sprung him from the pokey, Sullivan visited four bars and topped it off by splitting a bottle of booze with his friend Art Williams, a tattoo artist.


Joey Swartz:
A onetime schoolmate of Kasherman, Swartz was a former prize fighter then occupied with running the Flame, a Nicollet Avenue restaurant and gangster lair. At the time Kasherman was gunned down, Swartz said, he was across town giving a $10 bill to a friend’s kid for a birthday present. Police Inspector J.L. Mullen wrote: “He has promised us that if he can be of any assistance to us in any way in solving this murder, that we can rest assured he will do whatever he can.”


Tommy Banks:
Along with Kid Cann, Banks controlled the city’s illicit gambling, liquor operations and houses of prostitution. Banks’s alibi says a lot about the city of Minneapolis in 1945: he was drinking with a city alderman at Brady’s Bar at the time someone filled Kasherman full of lead. From Inspector J.L. Mullen’s notes: “He is unable to give us very much on the Kasherman deal only to say that he had many enemies and he did not think that anybody that had any sense would pay very much attention to him.”


Reuben Shetsky:
(a.k.a. Wayne Saunders) Co-owner of the Casablanca Café, Shetsky was questioned by police in Kasherman’s death because “he was supposed to have been in the labor racket in Chicago.” Shetsky said he was “on duty” in his bar when Kasherman will killed. A few months later that year, a pair of belligerent labor organizers walked into the Casablanca Bar. Shetsky shot one of them dead.


Isadore Blumenfeld: (a.k.a. Kid Cann) Minneapolis’s most notorious gangster, and a routine target of Kasherman’s screeds. The cops never even questioned him. In 1936, Kid Cann was tried and acquitted in the murder of another crusading journalist, Walter Liggett, so maybe the detectives figured he’d beat the rap once again. Imprisoned in the early 1960s for bribery and perjury, Kid Cann went on to a lucrative career in Miami with legendary gangster Meyer Lansky.


Jack Apple:
Gangster historian Paul Maccabee described Apple as “a New York-born contract killer” who did the dirty work for Kid Cann. Whether he had an alibi for the night of Jan. 22, 1945, the police records don’t say. Inspector Mullen had this to say about Apple: “He did not seem to be much concerned about Kasherman and said that he might have ‘got it’ from any source.”

18 Responses to “Suspects”

  1. Robin Hanson says:

    I confess, I did it….

  2. Gary Johnson says:

    No, i did it. I was 3yrs. old and did’nt know any better.

  3. Tommy Banks says:

    it wasn’t me

  4. http://3barperformance.com says:

    Thanks to you for this great article. Where I can get more article about this writting? I have a presentation incoming this week and your writting is related with it.

  5. Luci Seumanu says:

    This is just nice, I just love it. We need several blogs like this. You have great material and it?s really useful. I bookmarked this blog and will be back. Sincerely Cheers

  6. Hi I love this forumI’m also passionated in extreme sport and techniques to be far more efficient…I found a piece technology that make me far more effectiveThanks again for your discussion boardBye power balance pas cher power balance discount cheap powerbalance

  7. How would someone go about saving these articles in an RSS reader with other blogs? Myfriend found this website on Bing. I am impressed with this website.

  8. GPSH says:

    We may never know after all these years.

  9. Skip Hop Studio Diaper Tote Handbag is awesome.So quite a few wallets – and not those little, useless pockets, either. All of the actual storage compartments are a excellent dimension and really help keep every thing organized. The handles are a great length and fit nicely over the shoulder; the handle shoulder straps additionally stay put on my own arm, which is actually critical when you’re holding a child. The handbag appears excellent, as well. Not too fancy, but not too casual. (I have it in black) The material is soft (can’t think of a far better word) so it’s simple to squeeze in to tight spaces – but yet it is sturdy. I’ve a Fleurville Lexi carry and I adore it, too, but this bag is type of stiff. I think that Skip*Hop will turn into my daily handbag. It’s a bit significant – so if you’re not really in to significant totes this may be much better as an over-night diaper tote.

  10. Two hours of searching and I’ve finally found what I was lokking for. Thanks alot !

  11. Dillon says:

    No Shelbie Berry comitted the crime thats right!!!!!!!! She did it!!!!!

  12. ranger64 says:

    Anybody know where the old Casablanca Cafe was located? I can’t find anything on Google relating to it. My thinking is that in the late 1960s there was a Casablanca somewhere just north of Hennepin maybe 4th, 5th, or 6th Street.

    Reuben Shetsky: (a.k.a. Wayne Saunders) Co-owner of the Casablanca Café

  13. ajdp2 says:

    my grandpa is a good suspect. He worked for kid cann, did his dirty work. My Uncles continue the business today. I am not proud of my family and their doing. I am very lucky my father chose a different lifestyle. just curious how easy is it to get a pardon from the governor. My grandpa got two…hmmm…

  14. acai Berry says:

    Le Naturel Acai Berry Max aide a sйparation de charge, detoxifie et ameliore ce metabolisme.
    L’origine 100% naturelle levant unique preuve prиs
    cela bon fonctionnement, effets secondaires puis entier parfaitement qu’un agrume a.
    Ce Sain Acai Berry Max est l’un certains filet supplements alimentaires lequel circulent en compagnie de
    assurйs commentaires entierement positifs. C’est pourquoi ce garanti а l’йgard de remboursement d’argent qu’il donne pendant ces plus йduquй qui
    existent. Si ensuite l’objectif orient а l’йgard
    de oublier du charge facilement alors dans intйgral securite celui-lа orient tout
    simplement cette meilleure achиvement. auprиs seul dйduction quelconque vous-mкme n’etes pas satisfait,
    vous avez 180 jours contre acquйrir complet votre
    argent.

  15. After looking over a number of the articles on your blog,
    I really appreciate your way of writing a blog.
    I book-marked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back soon.
    Please check out my web site as well and let me know
    what you think.

  16. us mbt says:

    One more method in support of promoting your blog Suspects | Rubbed Out: The unsolved murder of journalist Arthur Kasherman is posting comments on unique sites with your webpage link.

  17. Hi there Dear, are you in fact visiting this web site Suspects | Rubbed Out: The unsolved murder of journalist Arthur Kasherman regularly, if so then you will absolutely take good know-how.
    gucci bags sale http://embhonpe.org/guccioutlet.php

  18. Avrom Schwartz says:

    I wonder if you have ANY information about my cousin William “Sleepy” Smith. He was in with Kid Cann’s gang and was gunned down (my family believes) by Jack Apple, because he’s was trying to get out of the gang. This happened in 1941.

    Thanks for any leads,

    Avrom Schwartz

Leave a Reply