Dr. Santiago Claret
(Prosecution file, Florida State Attorney, Dade County,
#467 Garelick, Samuel, ET
(Kidnaping Dr. Santiago
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Reenactment by hostage of
where he was held.
Newsclip from Bradenton Herald - Dec. 11, 1934
CHAUFFEUR FOR VICTIM ONE OF GROUP IN JAIL
Employee Reported To Have Related Full Story Of Affair
MIAMI, Fla., Dec. 11–(AP)-
The death penalty may be asked by the state of four men held
for the abduction here of Dr. Santiago Claret, former Cuban
State Attorney N. Vernon Hawthorne today took over the case
police. He said the men will probably be charged with
a capital crime in Florida.
Hawthorne said he would decide later today whether a special
grand jury would be called to investigate the abduction.
The men, named in a written confession as abductors of Dr.
in jail, victims of what police termed a "mighty crude piece
Exhibit A in the case authorities have built against them is
check Dr. Claret was forced to sign as he was held prisoner
unfinished Miami Beach apartment house. Exhibit B is a
wrote instructing bank officials to honor the check when it
presented by his chauffeur.
The chauffeur, booked as Roy Gray, was said by Detective
Sergeant E. W.
Melchen to have given a complete account of the affair,
himself and the others. He was arrested at a bank
where he had
gone in an effort to cash Dr. Claret's check.
Others were docketed as Fred Gray, the chauffeur's brother,
Millard, Miami Beach, and Sam Garelic, Bayonne, N. J.
held for investigation.
Gray is quoted by police as saying that Garelic and Millard
upstairs in the apartment while he and his brother remained
that Garelic and Millard then forced the doctor to sign the
write the note instructing bank officials to cash the draft.
Police said Gray told them the plot was hatched at a Miami
taxicab station after he had talked often of Dr. Claret's
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