Nino Columbo

True Crime Bay Ridge: A Mafia Murder on Shore Road

James Hawkes took his terrier, Spot, for a walk. It was a cloudy Sunday, February 6, 1938, and it had probably either just stopped raining or was about to start. Hawkes lived at 9203 Third Avenue, in a building long since torn down. Despite the weather, the 15-year-old planned to walk almost a mile; he […]

Johnson's Dock

True Crime Bay Ridge: The Many Murders of John Kilbride

A young art student was killed in Bay Ridge in 1899 and dumped in the bay. His killer remained undiscovered for decades—until two more people were murdered.