The People of the State of New York v. Francesco Purpura, 18 May 1910 (Case 1170)
The People of the State of New York v. John Dobias, 19 April 1911 (Case 1355)
John Dobias, a factory worker, is indicted for abduction, second-degree assault, and second-degree rape. Mary Krulisch, 14 years old, testifies that, after her mother’s death in 1905, she, Mary, and her brother, Johnnie, were sent to St. Joseph’s Orphan Asylum. They remained in the orphanage until 1908 when they went to live with their aunt and her husband, John Dobias. After their aunt died in 1910, the two children, according to Mary Krulisch’s testimony, slept in the same bed with the older man and, on December 25, 1910, Dobias raped her. Johnnie Krulisch, 12, testifies that he slept in the same bed with his sister and the defendant. Barbara Ruzicka testifies that Dobias had told her that he had raped the girl. William Travis Gibb, a physician, testifies that he had examined Mary Krulisch and had found evidence of penetration. The judge, Thomas O’Sullivan, directs the jury to acquit the defendant because the assistant district attorney had failed to provide sufficient evidence that the witness, Mary Krulisch, is fourteen years old. The jury finds the defendant not guilty.
The People of the State of New York v. Song Lee, 10 March 1914 (Case 1848)
The People of the State of New York v. Harry Newman, 20 September 1915 (Case 2100)
Harry Newman, 16, is indicted for the first-degree rape of Beatrice Jane Hunter, six years old. The girl’s mother, Edna Hunter, testifies that she caught Newman, his genitals exposed, crouching over her daughter in an apartment hallway. William Travers Gibb, a physician for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, testifies that his examination of the girl revealed evidence of recent penetration. Other witnesses describe hearing the girl’s screams at the time. The jury finds the defendant guilty of rape in the first degree.
The People of the State of New York v. Charles A. Pryor, 10 January 1916 (Case 2143)
The People of the State of New York v. Irving Kaplan, 11 June 1919 (Case 2646)
The People of the State of New York v. Charles Greenhalgh, impleaded with Lawrence Glenn, James Garrity, John Jordan, Edward Wall, James McElliogett, and John Baker, 03 August 1920 (Case 2850)
The People v. Oscar Ackert impleaded with Ferdinando Capparelli, 21 February 1905 (Case 495)
Oscar Ackert is indicted for attempted rape in the first degree. Katie Cattaggio, sixteen years old, testifies that Ackert invited her to drink in a saloon on Elizabeth Street. Ackert and a second man, Ferdinando Capparelli, forcibly dragged her to an upstairs room where Ackert attempted to rape her. There is no record of a jury verdict.
The People v. Phillip Serio, 14 January 1907 (Case 619)