Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 343rd day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for Dec. 9, 1902, carried the story of 14-year-old Robert Westphal, who worked in George H. Leyh’s medical supply store on Broadway and was suspected of causing Leyh’s death by poison. Brooklyn police pointed out that soon after Leyh’s death, Westphal, who lived with his parents in Bushwick, spent 10 times as much money as he earned each week. When questioned, Westphal admitted he had stolen the money from Leyh’s wallet after the older man’s death, but didn’t admit to the killing.
Well-known people who were born today include singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading, Hall of Fame football player Dick Butkus, former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota), British actress Judi Dench (“Mrs. Brown,” “Iris”), actor Kirk Douglas (“Champion,” “Lust for Life”) and actor John Malkovich (“Ripley’s Game,” “The Killing Fields”).