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Ship Officer Freed In Kraft Death Quiz
Murder Charge Dropped in New Orleans
The Pittsburgh Press - Pittsburgh, PA. - Nov 22, 1929
The United Press
New Orleans - John McGouldrick, handsome second mate of the Southern Pacific steamer Creole, was freed yesterday from the little jail at Point-a-La-Hache where he has been held for several weeks on a charge of murder.
The complaint, charging him with killing Jack Kraft, New York writer, on board the Creole as it was nearing New Orleans, was dismissed on motion of District Attorney Leander Perez.
McGouldrick was to have been tried next Monday. With his release, all three of the principals in the case are at liberty. Gloria Rouzer, travelling companion of Kraft's, was released last week after signing a deposition. Sammy Epstein, steward of the Creole, was released earlier in the same manner.
Perez reaffirmed his conviction that Kraft was shot before he went over the rail of the vessel. McGouldrick, Epstein and the girl, however, insisted that they saw the youth leap over the rail after shouting "goodbye!"
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