NEW YORK � Police may be on the brink of finding the remains of Judge Joseph Crater and possibly solving the most enduring mystery in New York City history, investigators say.
A letter probably penned more than 50 years ago has pinpointed a spot under the Coney Island boardwalk where Crater � last seen leaving a Times Square watering hole 75 years ago � is buried, they said. The letter was written by a woman who died of natural causes in June, they said. Upon her death, family members opened a safe-deposit box, where granddaughter Barbara O'Brien found a letter with "Do Not Open Until My Death" instructions on the envelope.
In it, the letter writer wrote that her father told her on his deathbed where Crater's remains were � on the current site of the New York Aquarium � and that cab driver Frank Burn was his killer.
The names of the letter writer and her father are being kept secret.