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Near Byram Township in Sussex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cat Swamp Hijacking and Murder

 
 
Cat Swamp Hijacking and Murder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cheryl (Rome) Thom, October 9, 2009
1. Cat Swamp Hijacking and Murder Marker
Inscription. In this area, on Cat Swamp Hill in Byram Township, at about 6:00 a.m. on June 14, 1921, the Sussex Print Silk truck was hijacked. Albert Koster drove onto the scene on his motorcycle, was mistaken for a state trooper, and murdered. The gang escaped with $11,000 of bolt silk. Through the work of Franklin Police Chief Herbert C. Irons, the killers were eventually captured. County Sheriff Linus Littell and Prosecutor Lewis Van Blarcon persevered through two years of trials to obtain convictions of the thieves, two of whom were executed for the murder.
 
Erected 2009 by Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Sussex County Historic Marker Committee.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the New Jersey, Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders marker series.
 
Location. 40° 56.554′ N, 74° 43.781′ W. Marker is near Byram Township, New Jersey, in Sussex County. Marker is on U.S. 206 at milepost 100.2 south of Byram Township, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stanhope NJ 07874, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Morris Canal Inclined Planes (approx. 2.3 miles away); National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (approx. 2.3 miles away); Waterloo: A Transportation Crossroads (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Morris Canal 1824-1924 (approx. 2.4 miles away); Let This Tablet Honor Them and All Who Live For the Good of the Community (approx. 2.4 miles away); Waterloo, A Canal Town (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Lackawanna Cutoff (approx. 2.7 miles away); Stanhope, NJ (approx. 3 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cheryl (Rome) Thom of Newton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,824 times since then and 19 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Cheryl (Rome) Thom of Newton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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