Friday, April 21, 2017
Princess Margarete identifies Hessian jewels
April 21, 1947
The elderly, Landgravine Margarete of Hesse, was called today as a witness by the defense today in the "reopened" trial of Col. Jack W. Durant of Chicago.
Durant has been accused of complicity in the theft of $1,500,000 Hesse jewel collection, stolen eighteen months ago, reports the New York Times.
The defense attempted to show that the Landgravine, born Princess Margarete of Prussia, a granddaughter, was not able to "identify properly certain items of jewelry."
The Landgravine "tapped her foot" while the prosecution charged she was "being harassed by the defense." Her response was tart: "You don't see pieces of jewelry like this every day, and I know they are ours."
The defense lost an attempt to have the Landgravine's previous testimony identifying the jewelry, "stricken from the record."
The Landgravine will celebrate her 70th birthday tomorrow.