At that time The Adams Express "carried" between New York and Boston via an indirect route. Among the employees was the messenger, whose only task was to check the padlocks on the express car - which was allegedly "thiefproof" - at each of the six stops.
At first Moore (the messenger) claimed that he discovered one of the two doors of the iron car ajar when they reached New Haven. However, upon closer questioning Moore admitted he had only checked the doors once, at Bridgeport.
Pinkerton flooded the area with operatives and it wasn't long before a Pinkerton operative discovered a bag of $5,000 in gold coins that had been left behind at Cos Cob where the thieves had exited the train. Livery Stables were checked and in Stamford two unidentified men had apparently tried to hire a horse and buggy the night of the robbery. They were refused since the owner didn't know them. A description was given and the men were trailed to Norwalk where one of them was identified as John Grady, a brakeman on the railroad.
From Norwalk station the investigation led them to an old man named Tristam who had, according to witnesses, refused to check his bag, holding it possessively on his lap throughout the journey. Back in the city, they trailed Tristam to the Lower East Side and a run down tenement on Division Street. The apartment was raided and $113,762, still in the Adams Express bags, was found. Tristam was picked up in a tavern a few blocks away and soon confessed, giving up John Grady, and two other men who were not associated with the railroad.
This little escapade is the one that features in my novel,PARADISE. Tomorrow I'll introduce you to my Pinkerton agents and tell you one last story.