July 17, 1990 |
The woman known as the Central Park jogger--scarred, shaky of gait but steady of speech--made her first public appearance Monday, taking the witness stand to testify against three teen-agers accused of raping and attempting to murder her during a rampage that added the word "wilding" to the national vocabulary of violence. The 30-year-old investment banker used one hand to balance herself when she walked unsteadily up steps to the witness stand.
July 20, 1990 |
A police criminologist testified Thursday that none of the hair found on the Central Park jogger belonged to any of the three youths on trial for the gang-rape and beating of the woman last year. The testimony from Nicholas Petraco, a retired police detective, marked a blow for the prosecution, which has also failed to link the three suspects to the crime through blood and semen tests. Defense attorneys have said the results of the previous tests suggested that the rapist was still at large.
July 3, 1990 |
A police officer testified Monday about arresting two youths charged with beating and raping a jogger and leaving her for dead in Central Park, describing how he confronted a pack of teen-agers stalking through the park after the attack. Under questioning in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, Officer Eric Reynolds told how he was patrolling a moonlit Central Park on April 19, 1989, in an unmarked van after a number of reports had come over his police radio about attacks by gangs of youths.
July 16, 1990 |
The jogger who was raped and beaten during a "wilding" attack in Central Park emerged in public for the first time today to testify against her accused attackers and about the injuries she suffered. The blonde woman, who prosecutors say was gang raped and left for dead in the April 19, 1989, attack, spoke in a clear and firm voice as she told about waking up in a hospital more than a month after the brutal assault.
December 20, 2002 |
A Manhattan judge threw out the convictions of five men in the Central Park jogger rape case on Thursday, agreeing with prosecutors that newly discovered DNA evidence had implicated another man in the brutal attack. Supreme Court Judge Charles Tejada, noting that "the duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict," dismissed the rape and assault convictions in the notorious 1989 crime that exposed the city's racial tensions.
November 30, 2012 |
New York Mayor Ed Koch didn't shrink from calling it "the crime of the century. " A TV newscaster talked angrily about evildoers who "blazed a nighttime trail of terror" that culminated in the horrific beating and savage rape of a Central Park jogger on the night of April 19, 1989. The event became an all-consuming national sensation, but, as it turns out, everything everyone thought they knew was wrong. This is the devastating premise of "The Central Park Five," a careful, thoughtful documentary that meticulously re-creates what happened on that night and details how and why everything went so terribly off-course.