Sodomy

The People of the State of New York v. Alexander Monett, 21 January 1911 (Case 1357)
Alexander Monett, a waiter, is charged with sodomy. Rosina Monett, 38, the wife of the defendant, testifies that her husband told her in 1909 that he was unwell. He told his wife that he had seen a physician about his ailment and the doctor had told him that he would be cured only if he had intercourse with his daughter, Alpha. Rosina Monett testifies that she had been skeptical and that she had requested the name of the physician but the defendant had refused to provide it. She had eventually acquiesced and the defendant had shared a bed with his daughter many times. Alpha Monett, 18 years old, testifies that her father had repeatedly molested her during a two-year period. Alexander Monett, speaking in his own defense, denies that anything had occurred between him and his daughter. The jury finds the defendant guilty of sodomy.
The People v. John Schaumtoeffel, 23 March 1904 (Case 419)
John Schaumtoeffel is indicted on a charge of sodomy. John O’Shea, a detective in the District-Attorney’s Office, testifies that on 20 January 1904 he entered a saloon at 233 East 33rd Street. After he gave three dollars to the barkeeper, a second man escorted him to a back room occupied by approximately three hundred men. O’Shea testifies that sexual intercourse took place on a stage among several performers and between the performers and members of the audience. Victor Watson, a reporter for the New York American, provides similar testimony on the events that evening, as do John McMahon, a waiter; Cora Smith, one of the performers; and John Sheppard, the master of ceremonies. John Schaumtoeffel testifies as a witness on his own behalf that he had been unaware beforehand of the character of the performance and that he had permitted Emil Schaefer, a theatrical manager, the use of the room if he, Schaumtoeffel, could sell beer to members of the audience. There is no record of a jury verdict.