19th March 1912
Reference Numbert19120319-16
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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FUCHS, Heinrich (37, tailor), feloniously marrying Maud Emily Dettmar, his former wife then being alive.

Mr. Pasmore prosecuted.

Detective WILLIAM ALLEN, L Division. I produce the two marriage certificates, the first being dated June 28, 1891, and the second September 30, 1911. On February 9 I went to Rattray Road, Brixton, where I saw prisoner and told him I was a police officer and that I should arrest him for bigamously marrying Maud Emily Dettmar in September, 1911, his wife, Rachel Fuchs, being then alive. He said, "Quite right. I have been expecting it. I won't give you any trouble. I have sent money to my wife in New York on several occasions. I have got receipts for the registered letters. He then produced five

receipts. "I left my wife in New York seven years ago on the 17th of this month. I ought not to have married a second time, but you know what it is. I got the girl into trouble so chanced it and married her. A man I know came from New York and told me my wife in New York was carrying on with a man. He has gone to Germany." When charged he said. "Yes, sir; that is quite right."

ABRAHAM BLASKY , tailor. I was present at the marriage of my sister Rachel to prisoner on June 28, 1891, at the East London Synagogue. Stepney; she is misdescribed in the certificate, because she could not speak English and they misspelt her name. They lived in London, and 12 years ago they left and lived in Cardiff. In 1905 prisoner went to New York alone and she followed him. I followed. The last time I saw them together as man and wife would be in March, 1905, when I left New York. I believe she is still alive.

Cross-examined by prisoner. It may be that I left New York in 1904.

BAENETT MOSKOVITCH , 11, Jubilee Street, E.C. I last saw Rachel Fuchs on February 6 last in New York. I last saw prisoner two years ago in the West End of London. He asked me if I had seen her and I said, "Yes; I saw her in New York." I went to New York about three years ago as well. He said, "I send her letters and never receive answers."

To prisoner. She lived at 156, Second Street when I saw her last. (Prisoner here stated that Blasky had given a different address as the address from which she had written him, Blasky, a fortnight ago.)

REUBEN ROSENTHAL , licensee, the "Britannia, "Berwick Street, W. I know prisoner as a customer; I have heard him speak of his wife and family. On a Sunday towards the end of last September he came into the house and said he was going to get married on the following Saturday, September 30. I thought he was joking and said that of course 1 knew that he was a married man and it was impossible. He said, "That's right. I have arranged everything. "I met him a week afterwards on Black Fast Day and said, "Have you got married?" He said, "No, you know yourself I have not got married because I have got a wife in America."

To prisoner. You did not say, "Yes, I could not help myself, as I got the girl in trouble."

MAUD EMILY DETTMAR , 67, Rattray Road, Brixton. On September 30 1 went through the form of marriage at the Registry Office with the prisoner as "Henry Fuchs "; I thought he was single; I had known him a year last August. After the marriage I heard that he was married. I have lived with him up to the time of his arrest. I have one child eight weeks' old by him.


HENRY FUCHS (prisoner, on oath) stated that ever since he had married his first wife she had not given him a day's peace; that he went to America and had sent for her two months afterwards in the hope that she would be better; that he worked as hard as he could for her and his children, but she was not satisfied with New York and wished

to return, but he could not afford this; that in 1904 her brother arrived and on his return to England sent her a ticket which she insisted upon him using; on his return to England in 1905 he worked hard and constantly sent money for her and his children's keep; that in 1906 at her request he had sent her money for her ticket home, but had not since heard from her or of her; that in August, 1911, he met Miss Dettmar and having got her into trouble felt bound to marry her.

Cross-examined. I last saw my wife in March, 1905. I knew she had written to my sister in 1906. When Rosenthal told me that he knew I was a married man I said I knew I was, but I had not seen my wife for such a long time and did not know where she was. I did not deny that 1 had married when I saw him later. I admit the evidence as to what I stated on arrest is true.

Verdict, Guilty.

Miss Dettmar stated that she had not been seduced by prisoner under promise of marriage; that he married her because of her condition and had since been very kind to her.

Sentence: Three months' hard labour.


(Wednesday, March 20.)

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