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Guide to the
Justice Stephen G. Crane Papers
on the Bernhard Goetz Trial and Other Cases
1981–2000
 MS 3152

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Crane, Stephen G., 1938-
Title: Justice Stephen G. Crane papers on the Bernhard Goetz trial and other cases
Dates [inclusive]: 1981–2000
Abstract: Trial docket books (1981–2000) and clipping and subject files (1982–1991) of New York Criminal Court and Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Crane, who presided over the sensational trial of Bernhard Goetz, the so-called "Subway Vigilante." Goetz, a white electronics engineer, shot four African American youths who asked him for money aboard the No. 2 train on December 22, 1984. He was acquitted of attempted murder, but found guilty only of illegal possession of a handgun. The collection includes a 9,505-page transcript of the proceedings of The People of the State of New York v. Bernhard Goetz (1986–1987), plus two artifacts signed by the trial participants—the judge, jurors, attorneys, court officers and reporters, and the defendant himself.
Quantity: 10 Linear feet in 10 record cartons, plus two oversize artifacts.
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3152