New York & Observer
November 2, 1924 $0.30
Local Millionare Bootlegger Killed by Murder-Suicide
Local party thrower Jay Gatsby, shot and killed by George Wilson at Gatsby's mansion in West Egg, on August 3, 1922. Jay Gatsby was swimming in his pool when Wilson approached him and shot him in the chest. Shortly after Wilson shot himself. A staff member confirmed Gatsby was swimming when Wilson arrived. Gatsby's loved ones such as Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker and Meyer Wolfsheim refused to comment but Nick Carraway, Gatsby's closest friend shared kind words about him, "Gatsby was an amazing and brilliant man, a wonderful friend and kind to others". Medical examiner, Aimee Brown, explained Gatsby's death saying, "bullet impacted Gatsby on the right side of his chest, crushing rib cage causing immediate death".