Born as “Edward,” Monk Eastman owned a pet store, became a boxer, served as a sheriff, and was also a bouncer. He was also a gangster’s gangster for many years and was very well connected in the community. His gang, the Eastmans, and the more well-known Five Pointers had many street battles and were surely the first to do drive-by shootings.
In 1917, at the age of forty-three, Eastman enlist in the New York National Guard under the alias William Delaney. He served admirably in the trenches during “the” World War (WWI). Sadly, Monk did not change his ways and was murdered in 1921 while engaging in criminal activity after returning to the United States. He was buried, nonetheless, with full military honors.