A woman out for an early morning walk with her dog on Riverside Drive yesterday came across a gypsy cab nosed into the curb at a bus stop just south of 76th Street, the driver (Kenneth Wiley of 974 St Nicholas Ave) slumped at the wheel, dead with several bullet wounds to the head. It was the second fatal shooting of a taxi driver in Manhattan in four days. Initially the police identified Mr Wiley as Joseph Sparrow, 24, of the same address. Later, however, the dead man’s parents identified the body at the morgue and said that he had been using the name Sparrow as an alias.
excerpt from 2/27/77 NYT Joseph Treaster