The People of the State of New York v. Francesco Purpura, 18 May 1910 (Case 1170)
Violet Perano, 14, testifies that on August 5, 1909, she went with a friend, Lena Skenelli, to 80 Catharine Street, to a shoe repair shop, to retrieve her brother's shoes. The cobbler, Francesco Purpura, retrieved the shoes but demanded that she have sex with him, saying "First, give me a fuck", before returning the shoes. The witness states that she went with Purpura to the rear of the store where he penetrated her. Lena Skenelli testifies that she had accompanied the complainant to the store and had heard the defendant demand sex. A partition, consisting of wooden boards and a green curtain, separated the front and rear halves of the store but Skenelli had peeped past the curtain, witnessing Purpura lying on top of her companion. Vincent Pizarro, an officer of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, testifies that he took Violet Perano into care on April 13, 1910 and arrested the defendant two days later. Ralph Miceli, a police officer, states that he took the defendant to police headquarters after the arrest. He testifies that the defendant claimed in conversation that Perano was a prostitute, saying that "everybody is fucking her." Francesco Purpura, speaking in Italian through an interpreter, denies that he had ever seen either girl in his shop and denies the remarks attributed to him by other witnesses. The jury renders a verdict of guilty of rape in the second degree. There is no record of sentencing.
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)