New York Supreme Court Justice Joe Crater, who summered in Belgrade Lakes, vanis
New York Supreme Court Justice Joe Crater, who summered in Belgrade Lakes, vanished in the summer of 1930, after receiving a phone call and returning to New York. The high-profile case has never been solved. Crater was rumoured to be connected with the selling of judgeships, then under investigation, and was seen in New York withdrawing large sums of money from his accounts. Esther Pierce, who summers near the Crater cottage, used to play with the Crater's niece, Harriet. Rumours abounded in Belgrade, and the lake was searched. Last year, a Queens resident gave police letters written by her grandmother, who claimed her husband was responsible for killing Judge Crater. With details on various theories that try to explain Crater's disappearance.
Belgrade Lakes, Crater, Joe
Vietze, Andrew, "New York Supreme Court Justice Joe Crater, who summered in Belgrade Lakes, vanis" (2006). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 3203.