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The Whitmore Confessions and Richard Robles Trial: 1965

Whitmore Convicted Again, Then Released

On the sole evidence of Borrero's persistent accusations, Whitmore was tried and convicted a third time in May 1967. He returned to prison, sentenced to maximum sentences for attempted rape and assault. An attempt to seek a fourth trial faltered when his conviction was upheld in July 1970.

Meanwhile, Whitmore's defenders located Borrero's sister-in-law Celeste Viruet in Puerto Rico and returned with an affidavit stating that Borrero's courtroom testimony was contradicted by what she told her family shortly after the attack. Viruet had seen the attacker from her window, but police had never asked her to look at Whitmore. Borrero also had identified a different man in a "mug shot" notebook before police had shown her Whitmore.

On April 10, 1973, after four years in prison and nine years of trials, Whitmore was released and all charges against him were dismissed. He attempted to sue the city for $10 million for improper arrest and malicious prosecution. The suits were dismissed on technicalities. "They wrecked my life," Whitmore said bitterly, "and they still won't admit they did anything wrong.

Thomas C. Smith

Suggestion Further Reading

Cunningham, Barry with Mike Pearl. Mr. District Attorney: The Story of Frank S. Hogan and the Manhattan D.A.'s Office. New York: Mason/Charter, 1977.

Lefkowitz, Bernard and Kenneth G. Gross. The Victims. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1969.

Raab, Selwyn. "Justice vs. George Whitmore." The Nation (July 2, 1973): 10-13.

Shapiro, Fred C. Whitmore. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1969.

. "Department of Amplification." The New Yorker (June 9, 1973): 80.

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