|Mutt & Jeff's at 3700 Oberlin Avenue (photo May 2012)|
|March 19, 1934 newspaper ad|
|April 7, 1934 newspaper ad|
It happened in early September 1934. Florence Lee, a divorcee and co-owner of the club, had been attempting to keep her partner, Michael Carreo, from driving home as she believed he was drunk. She took his keys and, for her trouble, received a beating from him, including a punch in the face.
He drove off with Joseph Yankowsky, the manager of the nightclub, who lived nearby. Furious, Miss Lee arrived at Yankowsky's residence shortly thereafter and shot Carreo several times with a .38 automatic pistol.
Then she drove directly to Lorain police headquarters and gave herself up. Carreo died later that day.
When told that her partner was dead, she was quoted as saying, "Why did I do it? Oh, why did I do it? Forgive me, Mike. I must have been crazy, Mike."
It was revealed that Carreo was Miss Lee's common-law husband.
Miss Lee went on trial in late October 1934. After a week-long trial, she was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to a term of from one to 20 years at hard labor in Marysville prison. During the sentencing, the judge told her, "Your place had a very bad reputation, with drinking, dancing girls and gambling."
No wonder it was one of Lorain County's most popular night clubs at the time!