Brother of Jack Dempsey Shoots Wife & Self in Schenectady

The great fighter, Jack Dempsey, was training in Saratoga for his title bout with Jack Sharkey in 1927 when there was a muder-suicide in Schenectady. It turned out that Dempsey’s brother John, who had been estranged from his wife, paid her a visit at 847 Emmett Street on Hamilton Hill, shot her, then turned the gun on himself.  Dempsey came to the Electric City and handled the funeral arrangements, then returned to Saratoga and resumed training.  He later successfully defended his title by knocking Sharkey out.

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