A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 14, 2017
“What hired killer never goes to jail?"/"The exterminator.”

A riddle about a building exterminator is:

Q: What hired killer never goes to jail?
A: The exterminator.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1976.


Google Books
Biggest Riddle Book in the World
By Joseph Rosenbloom
Illustrations by Joyce Behr
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1976
Pg. 66:
What hired killer never goes to jail?
The exterminator.

2 Funny 4 U
Category: Criminal jokes
Date Added: 11/10/2007
Joke: What hired killer never goes to jail?The exterminator.

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Sylvia Saucedo‏
@Sylvia_shyangel
R U ready? Q: What hired killer never goes to jail? A: The Exterminator Get it ?Ok that’s enough for today I’ll writemore when I’m on again.
4:28 AM - 6 May 2009

21 January 2010, McClatchy-Tribune News Service (Washington, DC), “Mini ha-has”:
What hired killer never goes to jail?
An exterminator.

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What hired killer never goes to jail?
The
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1:15 PM - 15 Nov 2017

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