Liz Eden Papers
These are the personal papers of Elizabeth Eden. On the death of Eden they were given to her friend Richard N. Barraclough. On Barraclough’s death they were passed along with some papers of his own to Dean LaBate. He in turn donated them to The Center Archive on June 14, 1990.
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History or Bio
On August 22, 1972 John Wojtowicz, Robert Westenberg, and Donald Matterson attempted to rob a Chase Manhattan bank branch in Brooklyn, New York. They held nine bank employees hostage and demanded money. Wojtowicz wanted the money to go toward his partner Liz Eden’s gender confirmation surgery (Eden did not know of the plan). Matterson was killed by FBI agents during the attempted robbery; Wojtowicz was sentenced to 20 years at the Federal Penitentiary in Lewisberg, PA.; Westenberg served 19 months. The movie “Dog Day Afternoon,” loosely based on the events, was released in 1975.