The People of the State of New York v. John Dobias

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Defendant(s) name(s):
John Dobias
Crime date:
Thursday, February 16, 1911
Hearing date:
Wednesday, April 19, 1911
Thomas C O'Sullivan
Prosecuting attorney(s):
T Channon Press
Defense attorney(s):
Otto H Droege
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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.
Crime location:
Manhattan, New York