Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Robert Tanenbaum on the Career Girls Murder


The victims of the 1963 "Career Girls Murders," Janice Wylie (whom killer Richard "Ricky" Robles also raped), left, and Emily Hoffert.

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

I thank my partner-in-crime, David in TN, who sent me this story, writing,

Robert Tanenbaum published a book, Echoes of My Soul, on the Career Girls murder last year. He wrote this piece in reaction to an article in the New York Post.
Historical note: Richard "Ricky" Robles murdered Janice Wylie and Emily Hoffert on August 28, 1963, the same day Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Monument.

Rebuttal to the New York Post

By Robert Tanenbaum
August 21, 2013
American Justice System


The Truth About the Career Girl Murders — Get it Right NY Post

The Truth About the Career Girl Murders

For several decades, I have been an avid reader and subscriber to the New York Post. Naturally, I expect that its reportage is vetted for accuracy and authenticity to ensure trustworthiness and journalistic professionalism.

Regrettably, the Sunday, August 18, 2013 account of the brutal rape murders of Janice Wylie and Emily Hoffert which you entitle The Career Girl Murders failed miserably to meet, even remotely, basic journalistic standards of factual accuracy and historic essence. Permit me to be candid and explain:

On August 28, 1963, at approximately, 10:30 a.m., the fiend junkie killer, Richard Robles, climbed into apartment 3C at 55 E. 88th Street in Manhattan and brutally raped and murdered Janice Wylie and then slaughtered her roommate Emily Hoffert. Thereafter, Robles got his heroin fix inside the apartment of Nathan “Jimmy” Delaney and Margie Delaney. He confessed his crimes to both of them at that time and thereafter at separate times in the following months.

Eight months later in Brooklyn, on Friday, April 24, 1964, George Whitmore, a nineteen year-old impoverished young man with an IQ somewhere south of 70 (according to the Bellevue doctors who observed and examined him for over a six month period) was arrested for an attempted rape that occurred just two days before. During the course of the custodial interrogation conducted by Brooklyn detectives that spanned a seventeen hour period, Whitmore confessed to committing two serious substantive crimes that occurred in Brooklyn (Kings County): an attempted rape and murder.

During the course of the questioning, the Brooklyn detectives found in George Whitmore’s wallet a photo prominently depicting a blonde woman in the foreground seated on the back seat of a top-down convertible and a brunette seated in the passenger seat. The Brooklyn detectives, Joe DiPrima and Edward Bulger, believed that the blonde in the photo was Janice Wylie. They proceeded to question Whitmore about the Wylie/Hoffert murders. After hours of propounding leading questions, Whitmore finally confessed.

Two months after Whitmore was indicted in Manhattan (New York County) for the Wylie/Hoffert murders, Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Mel Glass informed legendary District Attorney Frank Hogan that serious questions existed with respect to the guilt of George Whitmore. With Hogan’s blessing, Mel Glass found incontrovertible evidence that exonerated George Whitmore and incriminated the killer, Richard Robles.


NYPD detectives, Edward Bulger and Joe DiPrima, sought to railroad the innocent George Whitmore Jr. for the rape and murder of Janice Wylie, and the murder of her roommate, Emily Hoffert. The famous, award-winning TV movie on the case, The Marcus-Nelson Murders, made the hero a sensitive, liberal detective played by Telly Savalas, and became the pilot for Savalas' classic New York City cop drama, Kojak.

With ADA Mel Glass and ADA John Keenan (now Federal District Court Judge sitting in the Southern District at Foley Square in Manhattan) as the lead prosecutors, the defendant, Richard Robles, was tried in New York State Supreme Court, New York County and convicted before a jury on December 1, 1965. Supreme Court Justice, Irwin Davidson presided.

Significant to note that during the course of the trial, the Brooklyn detectives, Joseph DiPrima and Edward Bulger, who obtained the false confession from George Whitmore, refused to admit their mistake and testified in support and on behalf of the defendant Robles. ADA Keenan conducted a devastating cross-examination of the Brooklyn detectives which revealed their misconduct and unprofessional engagement with George Whitmore which resulted in a flawed and unreliable confession.
Yet nowhere in “The Career Girl Murders” article is there any mention or slight reference to the significant heroic roles played by Mel Glass, John Keenan and D.A. Frank Hogan who were solely responsible for exonerating an unjustly accused George Whitmore and bringing to justice the murderer Robles. Instead, the article mistakenly stigmatizes all of law enforcement as dismally corrupt, perverse, uncaring and unprofessional.

In addition, the article also misrepresents factually how and why the Delaneys, to whom Robles confessed immediately after the murders and at many more times thereafter, came forward to Mel Glass who then through investigative techniques, corroborated the truthfulness of their subsequent in court testimony.


Savage rapist-murderer Richard Robles


On May 28, 2013 Kensington published my book on this subject, Echoes of My Soul. It is my 27th book and was selected as Publishers Weekly pick of the week. Mel Glass asked me to write it so that the truth about the case would be objectively revealed. My research, with the active participation of Mel Glass, delved into original source materials including, but not limited to, the trial transcripts, and law enforcement investigative materials.

It seems only fair that before the Post would publish any article about the Wylie/Hoffert case, it would at the very least interview John Keenan and review original court documents. If indeed those minimal efforts were done, then investigative journalism and reporting would have resulted in informing the public in the article that the professionalism and skill of DA Frank Hogan, ADA Mel Glass (who subsequently served as a Criminal Court Judge and acting Supreme Court Judge for over two decades) and ADA John Keenan averted a terrible injustice, exonerated an unjustly accused young man and brought to justice a vicious killer.

Moreover, their efforts forever reformed law enforcement practices and procedures. Instead, a misleading rendition of a faux narrative was taken out of mothballs, slapped into the article and portrayed as fact. Your readers deserve better.


Anonymous said...

Robert Tanenbaum has condemned Nifong several times. He also said the Zimmerman jury delivered the correct verdict.

Marcia Clark, unsurprisingly, said Zimmerman should have been found guilty.

David In TN

Anonymous said...

There's something about the Miranda Warning I can't remember being discussed. Namely, suspects very often ignore it.

They are helpfully told they don't have to talk to the police, but do so anyway, making it easier to convict them at trial.

All four of the Knoxville Horror killers ignored Miranda and talked for hours to law enforcement. How many times have we seen black suspects do this?

David In TN

David In TN said...

Robert Tanenbaum published his last Butch Karp novel, "Fatal Conceit," in 2014. It's also the best one.

The story takes place during an election campaign. American mission personnel in Chechnya are attacked by terrorists with several killed and the rest captured and held as hostages. The administration lies about what happened. The acting CIA chief, a former army general, is murdered in a New York City hotel room when he threatens to tell the truth to a congressional committee.

The villains pulling strings are the president's campaign manager (an Axelrod type) and national security chief (a homosexual Ivy League careerist). They try to find and kill a young woman who was having an affair with the dead CIA chief.

New York DA Butch Karp brings the defendants to trial with the administration and MSM denouncing him for "The Politics of Hate" and "political prosecution."

The book ends with a shocking trial, flavored by author Tanenbaum's experience in trying cases.

This novel looks to be based on the Benghazi Affair.

A very good read for followers of the WEJB/NSU.