Powerful Tammany Hall Judge Joseph Force Crater disappeared one night in 1930 after having dinner and heading for a Broadway show.He was never seen again, and his case has been a magnet for conspiracy theories since.

Two theories advanced in this podcast: Insurance scam, or he visited a brothel, died of a heart attack or suchlike, and the brothel disposed of his body.

Judge Crater was well known in popular culture when I was a kid in the 1960s and 1970s. He’s been virtually forgotten today.

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