1937 Oakland Tribune story on Copping incident with wife details pg 3

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1937 Oakland Tribune story on Copping incident with wife details pg 3 - Hawaii Attack on Navy Wife Probed White Man,...
Hawaii Attack on Navy Wife Probed White Man, Said to Have Dragged Woman to : Garage, Is Hunted on Her Description HONOLULU, Feb. 16. (jT") A so was unable to give' a more de- story of assault recalling Honolulu's, ' Sensational Massie case was told and retold today by a Navy offi cer's wife under protracted police questioning. . Mrs. Bennett S. Copping, 24-year-old wife of a submarine commander, reported she was dragged from her hotel cottage across 75 feet of open yard into a garage and attacked. When Dr. Henry M. Aklna, assistant city-county physician, announced after two examinations there was no indication she had been- attacked, police questioned her through last night into the early morning hours today. Under repeated questioning Mrs. Copping reiterated her story, but was not able to furnish a detailed description of her assailant. - Police Chief William A. Gabriel-son said questioning would be resumed later today and Mrs. Copping would be given a third physical examination. ' The young woman who was born ana rearca in tne rnmpines, wnere She was married to Lieutenant Cop-, ping seven years ago, remained calm under questioning and showed no sign of. hysteria. She said, Gabrielson related,' that as sne leit ner noiei room at o clock yesterday morning, some hours after an all day drinking .party of Navy folk, a man suddenly appeared about 15 feet down the hallway. As she turned to switch on the lights the man. seized her by the throat with' both hands. Mrs. Copping said she lost consciousness. She. said she recov- ered consciousness in the garage as her assailant was leaving, speaking to her solicitously. unuKe tne assault upon Mrs. llhalia Massie, wno said sne was auacKea - oy live young men oi mixed races, Mrs. Copping said the man who assaulted her was a white American. ' ' She said he was dark-haired tall and wore a grey sweater and dark trousers. . ' DESCRIPTION MEAGER She is near sighted and admit tedly had been drinking heavily, tailed description. The third medical examination was ordered to determine whether bruises on her throat indicate she was choked sufficiently to eause her to lose consciousness. Her arms and feet were also bruised. Attempting to clear up Mrs. Cop-ping's movements on Sunday afternoon. and evening, police questioned Lieutenant W. Johnson, attached to the cruiser Louisville; Lieut. W. R. Allen of the fleet air base here, and Miss Dolores De Beck, a Honolulu nurse. ' They said they accompanied Mrs. Copping to her hotel Sunday evening from a drinking party at nearby Pearl Harboi, where the United States Naval base is situated. Lieutenant Copping, commander of the submarine S-28, had previously returned from the party to the hotel. ' Hawaii Attack Victim Known in Bay Area Reports from Honolulu that Mrs. Bennett S. Copping, wife of a -i "b-n.arine squadron lieutenant, had been criminally .assaulted shocked society of the Bay area today. Mrs. Copping is,knoWn;in Navy circles here. She" and Lieutenant Copping were stationed at the Mare Island Navy Yard for a tour of duty about three years ago. Charlotte Copping, a youthful brunette with flashing black eyes, was among the popular matrons in the Navy set. They made their home at 1420 Far-rell Street in Vallejo tor six months before Lieutenant Copping was assigned to duty with the submarines In Hawaii. New for T Wn II to

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  1. Oakland Tribune,
  2. 16 Feb 1937, Tue,
  3. Page 3

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