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- The True Story Behind “Marshall”
- AP Was There: The rape case at the center of "Marshall" film
- Marshall (2017)
- Eleanor Steber
World Socialist Web SiteHe also teaches writing at New Jersey City University. Supreme Court, was the lead attorney in the landmark Brown vs. Very few people know that early in his career Marshall was one of the tiny corps of attorneys for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP and that the civil rights group sent him bouncing from one city to another to handle racial discrimination cases. One of them was rather common, even if it took place in liberal-to-the-bone-Connecticut. Ina wealthy white woman in Greenwich, Connecticut, Eleanor Strubing, had her chauffeur, Joseph Spell, arrested for rape. She charged that he not only raped her four times in one night, but tossed her into the back of a car, bound and gagged, and then threw her off a bridge into a reservoir in an effort to kill her. All of white Connecticut was in an uproar. You are thinking prejudice in Connecticut in ? Of course there was. There are hundreds of photos that show blacks sitting in black only movie house balconies in Connecticut, New Jersey and just about anywhere in the Northeast in the s. Connecticut, and its prejudices, was as bad as Mississippi. Attorney Marshall raced to Greenwich and with local white Jewish attorney Sam Friedman took on the case and were confronted by white protestors when they arrived on the steps of the court house. The arrival set the tone for the story. The film has no electricity in it. There are no riots, marches, halls full of screaming people, KKK rallies or all black schools. It is a slowly escalating legal drama that in two hours offers a deep and rich characterization of Thurgood Marshall. He was, in the film, a cocky, handsome young man who always wore his fedora at an angle to top off the brash lawyer beneath it. He had swagger and he commanded all in his world. Marshall, who was forbidden to talk in the court room until he exploded at one point, put together a defense step by step, point by point. He proved that Spell could not have raped her and that she was not bound and gagged and incapable, as she claimed, of yelling for help. Why did she accuse the black chauffeur of the crime, then?
The True Story Behind “Marshall”
AP Was There: The rape case at the center of "Marshall" film
More than a decade later, Marshall achieved fame for his role arguing the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case that outlawed segregation in public schools. He later became a Supreme Court justice. The rape trial was covered by multiple news organizations, including The Associated Press. Eleanor Strubingattractive Greenwich socialite, was acquitted tonight by a Superior Court jury of six men and six women. As the foreman announced the acquittal, audible gasps came from several in the courtroom. Spectators included Philip Strubing, a Philadelphia attorney and brother-in-law of Mrs. He was arrested last December 11 in the basement of the Strubing home after Mrs. Testifying at the trial for a day and a half last week, Mrs. Strubing said Spellwho had been in her employ as a butler and chauffeur less than two months, accosted her in her bedroom as she emerged from a shower bath, attacked her, made her write a ransom note to her husband who was away at the time and then took her on a wild automobile ride. Spell, defended by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoplestolidly denied her story. He testified he left her at the reservoir at her own request, and drove away only when she refused to heed his calls to return to the car. Manage Newsletters. Click to Read More and View Comments. Click to Hide. Hallow Cal Thomas Clifford D. May Cheryl K. Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders. Joe Biden. Federal Reserve. New York City. World Health Organization. The Associated Press is republishing a version of its report of the acquittal. Sign up for Daily Newsletters Manage Newsletters. Please read our comment policy before commenting.
The Marshall true story confirms that he met famed poet Langston Hughes while they were attending Lincoln University together. He knew everything there was to be known. He'd been around the world twice before he was 21 on tramp steamers. He studied and he just self-studied and then he went to Lincoln. He was a great guy. I liked him. Marshall was affiliated with the Democratic Party. During our fact-check of the Marshall movie, we confirmed that one of his great-grandfathers was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was captured and brought to America as a slave. The real Thurgood Marshall left and Chadwick Boseman right as the groundbreaking attorney in the movie. He came to my bedroom door with a knife and raped me," Eleanor told Dr. Francis G. Zeier in her conversation with the physician who examined her. I don't think I could have stood it much longer" The Helena Independent. During the day and a half she spent on the stand testifying, Eleanor, 32, told the jury that year-old Joseph Spell attacked her when she emerged from the shower in her Greenwich, Connecticut home on the night of December 10, She said she screamed, hoping to wake his common-law wife, Virgus Clark, asleep upstairs in an attic bedroom. Eleanor claimed Spell hurled her onto the bed. She struggled at first, but he threatened to kill her. She stated that Spell had raped her a total of four times that night while her hands were tied. Bound and gagged, she complained that the bonds on her hands were cutting into her skin. He cut them before ordering her out of the car. He threw her into the water to "get rid of her," and she said she was able to take off her heavy fur coat and undo the ropes that bound her legs. After he was gone, she swam the rest of the way to the shore. In the pre-dawn hours of December 11, two truck drivers, Henry Herlihy and Samuel Caesar, discovered her on the reservoir's edge in a semi-hysterical condition, her clothing drenched The Philadelphia Inquirer. Eleanor Strubing's butler-chauffeur, Joseph Spell, said that he only went to his employer's bedroom to ask for money to send to his sick mother. Wearing nothing but a silk robe, she let him in. He said that not only did she readily give him the money, but she "led him on. He didn't deny having sex with her but denied using any sort of force, claiming that it was consensual. He said she didn't want to do it in the bedroom for fear of being discovered after her pet schnauzer started barking, so they went down to the garage and had sex in the car. In his book Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionarybiographer Juan Williams writes that they stopped intercourse when the fear of getting pregnant came over Eleanor. He then suggested they go for a drive, which Eleanor said would be okay and she put on her fur coat. Yet even the car ride was making her nervous of being discovered. She told him to drive into New York, then suddenly instructed him to pull over at the Kensico Reservoir, where she darted from the car. Spell claims he pleaded with her to return home, but he decided not to chase after her for fear that she would hurt herself. He left and went to play blackjack at a friend's house before returning home.