Thursday, August 13, 2009

Italian Harlem's Police Report #6

Topic: Threatening to Cut Her Throat 1884

An Italian barber, Paul Bocculino, was arrested by Officer Haas, of the Harlem Court, yesterday, on a charge of felonious assault made by a young married woman, Hildred Glatt, of No. 1779 Third avenue. She says that on Monday night the accused came to her apartments, and, finding her alone, seized her by the hair, and, drawing her head back, threatened to cut her throat with a razor if she did not submit to his desires. She resisted despite her terror, and he finally left the house.

Bocculino denied the story and said that instead of trying to injure the woman he had for sometime been a benefactor to the family. He said that her husband had been out of work for some time, and that he had loaned money to them until they owed him $15. He had been a visitor to the house, and the charge had been brought against him to evade the payment of the money. Justice Welde held him in $2,000 bail for trial.

Source: The New York Times March 20, 1884


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