"Evelyn Nesbit vs. Harry Kendall Thaw.
"Supreme Court, city and
"Evelyn Nesbit, being duly sworn, says:
"I reside at the
and I had apartments at the Hotel Maintenon in
the said Thaw Was in
with Mr. Thaw to
traveled through the Bavarian highlands, going to the Austrain Tyrol.
all this time said Thaw and myself were known as husband and wife and
represented by the said Thaw and known under the name of Mr. and Mrs.
"After traveling for about five or six weeks, the said Thaw rented a castle in the Austrian Tyrol known as the Schloss Katzenstein, which is situated about half way up a very isolated mountain. This castle must have been built centuries ago, as the rooms and windows were all old-fashioned. When we reached the place there were a number of servants in the castle.
I saw a
butler, a cook, and a maid. They were the only servants there.
occupied one entire end of the castle, two bedrooms, the parlor, and a
room. I was assigned to a bedroom for my personal use.
first night we reached the Schloss Katzenstein I was very tired and
went to bed
right after dinner. In the morning I was awakened by Mr. Thaw knocking
door asking me to come to breakfast, saying that the coffee was getting
immediately jumped out of bed and hastily dressed. I walked out of my
sat down to breakfast with said Thaw.
breakfast, he said he wished to tell me something and asked me to step
bedroom. I entered the bedroom, when Thaw without any provocation
grasped me by
"I saw by
his face that he was in a dreadfully excited condition. His eyes were
and his hands grasped a raw-hide whip. "He seized hold of me, placed
fingers in my mouth and tried to choke me. He then without the
provocation inflicted on me several severe blows with the rawhide whip,
severely that my skin was cut and bruised.
him to desist, but he refused.
shouted and I cried.
stopped then for a minute to rest, and then renewed his attack on me,
me with the rawhide whip.
screamed for help, but no one heard me; the servants did not hear me
reason that they were in the other end of the castle.
the said Thaw renewed his brutal attacks until I was unable to move.
following morning the said Thaw administered another castigation
similar to the
day before. He took the rawhide whip and belabored me unmercifully.
swooned and I did not know how long I remained in that condition until
me in a frightful condition. My fingers were numb, and it was nearly
weeks before I sufficiently recovered to get out of my bed and walk.
had sufficiently recovered the said Thaw took me to a place in --,
morning I made some remark and said Thaw took me to my room, and while
room took a rattan and beat me until I screamed; when I began to scream
Thaw again stuck his fingers into my mouth.
all that time the said Thaw never attempted to make the slightest
his conduct or state what the provocation was.
all the time my mother and I remained in
my maid was in my room taking things out of the drawers and I found a
silver box, oblong in shape, about two and a half inches in length,
a hypodermic syringe, and some other small utensils. I asked Thaw what
for, and he stated to me that he had been ill, and had to make some
said he had been compelled to take cocaine. The first time I found he
addicted to the taking of cocaine I saw the said Thaw administer the
himself internally by taking small pills.
occasion Thaw attempted to compel me to take one of these pills, but I
to do so.
were at the Schloss Katzenstein the said Thaw took from me without my
and still retains in his possession two diamond rings, one sapphire
ring with a
diamond on each side, one pearl locket, one gold purse and $400 in
of drafts from Thomas Cook & Sons. He had also in his possession in
not seen my mother since I left her in London, and I am informed within
last few weeks that she returned to the city of New York from London on
arrived in this city Saturday, Oct. 24, I903, having returned from
He said he would
see that all my requirements received attention. I had letter from him
said Longfellow in which the said Thaw asked the said Longfellow to
followed by detectives and also to see that everything I wanted was
done and to
see that I was not troubled by anybody.
received a number of cablegrams from Thaw which I have delivered to my
Abraham H. Hummel.
"I have been repeatedly told by the said Thaw that he is very inimical to a married man whom he said he wanted me to injure and that Thaw would get him into the penitentiary; that the said Thaw had begged me time and time again to swear to written documents which he had prepared, involving this married man and charging him with drugging me when I was I5 years of age. This was not so; and I so told him.
because I refused to sign these papers said Thaw not alone threatened
bodily injury, but inflicted on me the great bodily injury I have
before me this 27th day of October, I903.
"Sworn to before me this 27th day of October, I903."
(Signature of notary.)