Walter Bannigan and a partner, John Condon, wrote threatening letters to residents of Mt. Kisco (where Bannigan had lived previously and with whom he was acquainted with) requesting various sums of money and signing them as "The Black Hand". Bannigan was convicted and sentenced to serve at Sing Sing in 1908. He escaped in 1910 and was granted clemency in 1932 after living "a decent life" as a law abiding citizen, according to Frank H. Coyne, Westchester District Attorney at the time.
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