Arson

Jury; 1982

Luis Marin appears before a jury. Marin was initially convicted of arson in the case of the Stouffer's Inn fire, in which 26 people died. There was no physical evidence linking Marin to the scene, and no witnesses testified that Marin started the fire, yet a jury convicted him of the crime. The judge, Lawrence N. Martin, set aside the verdict.

Date: 

1982

Size: 

35.5 x 45.5

Subjects: 

Collection Information

Box: 

58

Folder: 

328

Identifier: 

5980

Hector Velez and Rafael Torres

On November 10, 1978, at around 4 a.m., Hector Velez and Rafael Torres snuck into the basement of a house at 998 Intervale Avenue. They would later claim they had no intent to burgle the residents – and certainly no intent to kill them – but Rafael had left his jacket downstairs on a previous visit to friends in the building, and it was too dark to see. So they made a torch out of newspapers, looked around awhile and left. They failed to put the fire out completely. By sunrise, six people were dead of smoke inhalation, and another would subsequently die of severe injuries.

Hector and Rafael were both fourteen years old.

They would have been the first juvenile offenders tried for arson in adult criminal court, as directed by a new state law enacted the previous fall. But the Bronx District Attorney accepted the youths’ guilty plea to burglary instead, citing doubt as to whether or not he could convince a jury the pair set the fire on purpose and with murderous intent.

Velez and Torres received a sentence of up to two years in a secure juvenile detention center.

Henry Katkin, Philip Holzer, Alvin Donnelly, David Gold, Bruce Elliott, Abraham Srulowitz, Abraham Slochowsky, ADA Sayah, John R. Bartels

Eight defendants, Henry Katkin, Philip Holzer, Alvin Donnelly, David Gold, Bruce Elliott, Abraham Srulowitz, and Abraham Slochowsky, were charged with operating an arson-for-profit scheme in New York City. Assistant U.S. Attorney Max Sayah and Judge John R. Bartels also appear in sketch.

Date: 

1983

Size: 

32.75 x 49.75

Subjects: 

Collection Information

Box: 

23

Folder: 

98

Identifier: 

2442

Judga Anita Florio, Mother of Velez & Torres crying, Velez, Torres, Darrell Paster, John Janiec, John Tartaglio

Courtroom scene from arson trial of Hector Velez and Rafael Torres. Appearing in sketch: John J. Janiec, attorney for defendant Hector Velez; John A. Tartaglia, prosecutor; Darrell Paster, attorney for defendant Rafael Torres; Judge Anita Florio.

Date: 

1978

Size: 

33.5 x 43

Subjects: 

Collection Information

Box: 

13

Folder: 

58

Identifier: 

1420

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