Ezra Marcus, James Walsh Recalling the Origins of Larry Ray Exposé

Larry Ray throws and pins Felicia Rosario

University sex cult leader Larry Ray is accused of throwing and pinning her alleged victim Felicia Rosario to the ground in a disturbing video released during the trial. he.

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About four years ago, a reporter learned from Sarah Lawrence College alumni about a “troublesome” website about an alumnus there. The website, whose address is in the student’s name, looks like an attempt to blackmail her with written and pasted false confessions. The two reporters thoroughly researched that guideline before publishing an exhibit titled “Larry Ray and Sarah Lawrence’s Stolen Children. ”

The central character in the article, Lawrence Rayis currently standing in federal court in Manhattan on a 17-count fraud indictment, and woman in web, Claudia Drury, testified against him for three days. She claimed that Ray forced her into prostitution for $2.5 million over the course of 4 years, in key testimony to Ray’s sex trafficking charges.

On the latest episode of Law & Crime podcast “Object: with Adam Klasfeld“The authors of New York Magazine the first paper to uncover a disturbing case—Ezra Marcus and James Walsh—Describe the origins of their discovery and their impressions of the ongoing federal trial.

“The architect of his own prosecution”

Referring to the site tip that started it all, Marcus said: “It went viral through the alumni community and just people asked, ‘What’s going on here?’ I mean, this stuff is really disturbing. “

“I started talking to her friends who already knew her and others in this group,” Marcus continued. “People often say, ‘There’s an elderly man who moved into this dorm, and that upset a lot of people.”

When he contacted people who had lived in that dormitory eight years earlier, Marcus said, he came across what he described as “an intriguing, troubling story.” The story of Ray’s encounters with students Sarah Lawrence certainly alarmed federal prosecutors, who later charged the article’s central character with fraud, sex trafficking , forced labor, extortion and other crimes.

Larry Ray indicted in Sarah Lawrence sex cult case

Both covered the trial, Marcus and Walsh marveling at how much evidence Ray produced against him. Prosecutors say Ray forced the students to make false confessions, which were fully and forcefully recorded in the video tapes, audio recordings and written statements currently in use. used against him in court. Ray then allegedly used these confessions to force students to pay him hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, in compensation for what prosecutors called his imaginary crimes. they are against him.

“It is remarkable to see the amount of evidence the government is relying on was created by him and the things that he even put online,” Marcus noted, adding that Ray appears to be the “architect of prosecuting himself here.”

In his opening remarks, Ray’s defense attorney compared the case to “Alice in Wonderland” and urged the jurors to travel “through the sight glass“See the accused and the students as a group of “storytellers” rather than victims and participants in a criminal enterprise.

As a story, the Ray case leans toward dirt and horror. A student, Santos Rosariotestified that Ray had put a knife to his genitals, and another, the writer Daniel Levinwrote in his memoirs about the cult that Ray squeezed his testicles in a makeshift costume.

“Increasingly Byzantine Relationships”

Reporters who brought the story out to the public’s attention all agreed that Ray’s case had an element of surrealism.

“You start digging through Larry’s background, and like, you go down to all the increasingly Byzantine relationships he has with really important people, for reasons that aren’t clear,” Marcus saved. idea. “What did he do in Russia? How did he meet all these powerful champions? ”

During the 1990s, Ray was a close friend of the former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik and best man at his wedding. That relationship fell apart after Ray was indicted in a mafia-linked stock fraud scheme. Ray later served as an informant against Kerik that in a federal criminal prosecution dismissed the former NYPD director’s career. Since that time, Ray has identified himself as the victim of a malicious revenge plot by Kerik’s purported agents.

In fact, Walsh said that Ray refused to speak to Marcus, accusing him of bias in favor of Kerik. Ray often accused students of Sarah Lawrence of being Kerik’s agents.

“So he called me and said he was going to talk to me, and so I interviewed him on a number of occasions,” Walsh said.

As Walsh recalls the interview, Ray appeared to act the same way he did with the videos included in evidence during his trial, frequently speaking at length and trying to control its path.

“He’s not too aggressive, but he’s just going to talk about things where you have to be,” I just don’t know what you’re talking about,’ Walsh said. “He is taking you on this journey, and he is not going to deviate from that journey. He won’t give you time to set the course. “

They say fact-checking the story requires a lot of follow-up conversation, which in some rather surprising angles.

“I mean, literally, you know, Robert De Niro wanted to make a phone call and talk about Larry Ray,” surprised Walsh. “They only met once, 20 years ago, and yet something about Larry Ray is still imprinted in his mind. So there were a lot of phone calls, a lot of knocks and a lot of people saying: ‘I think he knows this general because he was sitting next to him on the plane. I think he knows Pavel Palazhchenko, Mikhail Gorbachev’s interpreter, because he met him here through this person. ”

Photograph only Ray with Kerik, Gorbachev, then Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, and other notables, most of which date back to the 1990s, before Ray was initially charged with securities fraud. These relationships before Ray met fellow students Sarah Lawrence through his daughter Talia Ray in 2010.

Bringing these disparate strands together, the authors have crafted a story that continues to attract (and repel) real-life criminals and federal court watchers.

“It’s kind of putting them together, and then eventually these patterns show either two or three people saying the same thing — and we can hone in on something,” says Walsh. “But there are still a lot of question marks, more question marks than answers.”

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