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‘Headless Body in Topless Bar’ Is Our Favorite Tabloid Headline. The Man Who Came Up With that Classic Has Died at Age 74. Read What HIS Favorite Headline Was

Jun 9, 2015  •  Post A Comment

The “longtime ​New York ​ Post news editor and film critic” who wrote one of the best tabloid headlines ever, has died, reports the New York Post. Vincent Musetto “had just turned 74 in May, the Post said, adding that he “was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three weeks ago. He passed away while in hospice care at Calvary Hospital in The Bronx with Claire, his wife of 50 years, by his side.”

According to the story, “Musetto etched his place in New York journalism history when he wrote “Headless Body in Topless Bar,” the screaming front page ​headline​ of the​ April 15, 1983 ​ edition of ​ The Post. Musetto’s headline perfectly summed up the gruesome murder of Queens bar owner Herbert Cummings. Charles Dingle fatally shot the topless bar owner and then took four women hostage, raped one and had another cut off Cummings’ head.”

The story notes that of the headlines that Musetto penned, his favorite was “‘Granny Executed in Her Pink Pajamas,” a headline that topped coverage of serial killer Margie Velma Barfield’s 1984 execution in North Carolina.”

To read other headlines Musetto came up with, please click here, which will take you to the Post obituary.



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