Hudson County’s version of a spa

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Frankie DePaula supposedly said “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.” What he failed to mention was that for the well-heeled malefactor the local hoosegow was Hudson County’s version of a spa. For a price, all amenities were available. The boxer himself, while serving a sentence, spent the nights carousing at Union City clubs. In a Hudson County Cinderella story, DePaula had to return to the lockup before dawn. The day then was spent sleeping away any ill effects of the previous evening.

Those not able to afford a nightly let loose, at a somewhat reduced rate might still enjoy the company of the opposite sex. To all those inside looking out, the presence of women was made quite obvious by occasional laughter and other unmistakable vocalizations.

Harold “Kayo” Konigsberg’s canary song caused the curtain to fall on the shenanigans at the local jail. One observer commented that he never could understand why Konigsberg ratted out the warden, “’cause the man always was good to him.”

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About Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established PETCRAFT.com in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa.
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