Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: August-September 1930 from New York City, New York
Age: 22 years old
Details of Disappearance
Ritz worked as a showgirl in the New York City area in 1930. She was romantically involved with Joseph Crater, a married associate justice on the New York State Supreme Court, at the time. Crater had political and criminal connections, mainly due to his involvment in the city's Tammany Hall Democratic organization.
Ritz met Crater and another friend at Billy Has's Chophouse on West 45th Street during the evening hours of August 6, 1930. Crater departed from the restaurant later that night and disappeared. His case has never been solved and has led to widespread speculation about his fate.
Ritz vanished several weeks after Crater was last seen. She has never been heard from again. Authorities were never able to determine if Ritz slipped away with Crater or if both were victims of foul play. Some people believe that Ritz was aware of criminal information that involved Crater and was murdered as a result.
Ritz's case has never received as much attention as that of Crater's unsolved disappearance, but she was never located. The investigations into both Crater and Ritz's whereabouts have long been closed, but their stories will live on for decades to come.
Mysteries Of The Unexplained
Copyright 1982 by Reader's Digest General Books
Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.
Last updated April 3, 2005.
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