Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Coincidence or Fate?: In Threes

A Jersey Central train hurtled inexplicably into Newark Bay in 1958 through an open drawbridge after the conductor breezed through three warning lights, killing 48. One of the images captured showed the rear coach being lifted from the bay. The number, 932, was clearly visible on this front-page picture. That day, 932 was the number chosen by thousands throughout New York in the numbers game. 932 was the winning number.

This one apparently ran in the Scientific American in 1972. Of course, we know the mob ran the numbers game in New York around this time, so it is possible that they noticed a run in the numbers and paid-out as a nostalgic sort of tribute to their community - John Gotti threw a lavish 4th of July party every year which included a vibrant, though illegal, fireworks display. I don't claim to know how that works, so I'm just putting this out there. It also sounds to me like the conductor may have suffered a heart attack, seizure, stroke, or the like.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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