Plane, Crows

You know I spend a lot of time in Green-Wood Cemetery, which is virtually right next door. But what you may not know is that the cemetery archives are a fascinating trove of material about those interred there. Recently, I had the privilege of looking over some of the material with archivist Helena St. James-Rotwang.

We found the old color photo above. It peaked our curiosity among the papers of the late Look photographer D. S. Phillips. This is the last image of the legendary aviatrix Bobby (Sue) Kleindorfer, who disappeared in the Hackensack Meadowlands in 1943 after taking off from Floyd Bennett Field here in Brooklyn. According to Phillips’s notes, this image was captured by his FastColour camera just minutes before all contact with Kleindorfer’s plane vanished. The conspiracy-minded have long pointed their conspiracy fingers to the Hackensack Rectangle, a supposed “energy field” or “interstellar portal” which has allegedly swallowed numerous mobsters, automobiles, and even entire industries and theme parks over the years.

But this image suggests that birds may have bought the plane down. A flock of crows to be exact. Whatever the story, St. James-Rotwang and I hope to interest more media attention in the story. Will we ever know the crows’ motivation?


Here’s some more about today’s date and its cultural significance.

2 Responses to “Plane, Crows”

  1. 1 Diane April 1, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Wow this piece is very cool. Keep us posted.

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