Sept. 27, 1963: I always thought blackmail was something that only occurred in old Perry Mason episodes, but here’s an actual case and it’s quite strange. It involves a married man blackmailing a single woman.
According to a news account in The Times, attorney Joseph Heneghan of Mineola, N.Y., had an affair with Margaret Mirabella, 31, and recorded some of their “intimate conversations.” When Mirabella’s husband died in a car accident, Heneghan asked her to marry him, but she refused.
About a year later, Heneghan’s wife “heard the tapes” and demanded that Mirabella turn over $27,000 or she would “destroy” her. Mirabella paid the money, according to the news report, but had second thoughts and contacted the district attorney’s office.
The Owosso Argus-Press has a somewhat different version of the story about the rampaging elephant. There’s nothing about picking up a car and throwing it to the ground.