COUNT LYNAR, PLOTTER TO KIDNAP PRESIDENT, DENIED PAROLE
New York City (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, April 26, 1917, Max Lynar*, a.k.a. "Count Lynar-Londen," was denied parole in the Court of General Sessions.
It had been charged that Max Lynar had plotted to "seize the person of the president, raise an army of 150,000 German reservists in the United States," and launch an invasion of Canada.
The Count's application for parole was opposed by representatives of the Department of Justice and police.
Judge Otto A. Rosalsky** was quoted as saying...
"I am told that Lynar made arrangements to seize the president of the United States, hold him for ransom and organize an army for the invasion of Canada. I do not believe such a man should be allowed his liberty at the present time."
*Max Lynar-Londen, described as a bigamist, confidence man & German spy during WWI, was born as Max Scheimangk in Staupitz, Germany in 1869 & came to the United States in 1890. MLL was convicted of bigamy in 1915 & sentenced to serve time in Sing Sing.
**Otto A. Rosalsky was a graduate of the College of the City of NY. He was appointed to the Court of General Sessions in 1905 at age 32. OAR was also head of the Jewish Education Association.
"CHARGE PLOT FOR SEIZURE OF PRESIDENT," The Chicago Daily Tribune, April 27, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/