Wednesday, November 20, 2013

More on the Career Girls Murder and the Investigative Discovery Channel

By David in TN

[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:

“The Career Girls Murder, on the Investigative Discovery Channel.”]

The ID Channel will repeat this episode three times on Sunday, November 24-25:

9 p.m. ET
12 a.m. ET
4 a.m. ET

I've studied this case for years and recommend the ID treatment. Forty five minutes minus commercials was not long enough for the whole story. They left out Manhattan Assistant DA Mel Glass, who found the New Jersey woman in the photograph, proving it was not Janice Wylie.

This torpedoed Whitmore's alleged confession.

At the 1965 trial of Ricky Robles, the defense called the Brooklyn detectives who induced the false confession from George Whitmore. They still insisted on the stand that Whitmore was the killer of Janice Wylie and Emily Hoffert.

On cross-examination of the Brooklyn detectives, the prosecutors were able to convince the jury that a false confession had taken place and that Robles was the actual killer.

Robles admitted his guilt to a parole hearing in 1986, and said he was a changed man deserving parole on the basis of other killers who entered prison the same time he did being released.

He was denied, and is still in prison. I believe he and Winston Moseley, Kitty Genovese's killer, are the two longest-serving convicts in the New York prison system.


Anonymous said...

A two bit actor uses the he called me "you know what" defense to excuse his bad behavior. Jerry:

Anonymous said...

Winston Mosely drove around looking for "random" victims. He targeted white women alone. All of his crimes are gender based therefor they should be re-classified as hate crimes.

Anonymous said...

Moseley was denied parole for the 16th time a few days ago.

David In TN

Anonymous said...

I just purchased "Kojak: The Complete Movie Collection." This DVD has eight TV movies. I bought it because "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" is on DVD for the first time and I had never seen it until tonight.

The film starts with the murders in the apartment from the POV of the killer. It was supposedly "suggested" by the Selwyn Raab book, "Justice In A Back Room."

Mostly it is about the black suspect who made three false confessions. The parents of the victims are described once as "celebrities," but never appear.

Marjoe Gortner, who plays the actual killer, is blond and looks nothing like Richard Robles, who was a relatively light-skinned Puerto Rican but still looked mixed race.

The film has more of a 1973 (when it was made) feel than 10 years earlier. The characters use the term "black" instead of Negro and a Brooklyn prosecutor uses the phrase "law and order," which came into vogue in the late 60's.

Kojak gets the credit for finding the girl in the photo when actually a Manhattan deputy DA did most of the work. Max Wylie, the father of Janice, told DDA Mel Glass the girl was not his daughter. This is not in the film.

Anyone interested in the whole story should read former Manhattan prosecutor (he prosecuted the Piagentini-Jones case) Robert Tanenbaum's "Echoes Of My Soul," which was published this year and has several photos of the crime scene and the outside of the apartment.

David In TN