Mattie West, 35, was a domestic worker at the home of the E. W. Schwerin family on Connetquot Drive in Oakdale, NY. On September 19, 1932 she was murdered by John McKinney on the grounds of the Vanderbilt Hotel - the former W.K. Vanderbilt mansion known as “Idle Hour” in Oakdale, NY. She was buried in Union Cemetery in Sayville, NY on September 20, 1932 in an unmarked grave - as no relatives could be located at that time. (John Mckinney was executed for her murder in Sing Sing Prison on September 1, 1933.)

Mattie West on Find a Grave

For more information about her murder see:

Special to THE NEW,YORK TIMES.“Maid Slain on Long Island Estate.” New York Times (1923-Current file): 22. Sep 20 1932. ProQuest. Web. 4 Aug. 2014.

“Companion Sought in Murder of Colored Maid at Oakdale.” Suffolk County New [Sayville, NY] 23 Sept. 1932: 1–3. Print.

“Murdered Maid Received Threat.” Suffolk County News [Sayville, NY] 30 Sept. 1932: 1–8. Print.

“Held in Vanderbilt Estate Slaying.” New York Times (1923-Current file): 6. Dec 27 1932. ProQuest. Web. 4 Aug. 2014.

“Negro, Sought for Oakdale Murder, Captured in South.” Suffolk County News [Sayville, NY] 30 Dec. 1932: 1–3. Print.

“McKinney Must Die in Chair for Murder of Oakdale Maid.” Suffolk County News [Sayville, NY] 21 Apr. 1933: 1. Print.

Special to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. “3 SLAYERS PUT TO DEATH.” New York Times (1923-Current file): 7. Sep 01 1933. ProQuest. Web. 4 Aug. 2014.



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