This collection contains the personal papers of John Wojtowicz, and his lover Ernest Aron, also known as Liz Eden. Included in the collection is the correspondence between Wojtowicz and Eden during the period from 1973 to 1975. The collection also contains photographs and slides of Liz Eden and her friends, manuscripts by Liz Eden and Richard N. Barraclough, photocopies of newspaper clippings, other correspondence and legal papers.
Ernest Aron was the lover of John Wojtowicz, who is infamous for his attempt to rob a Chase Manhattan bank branch in Brooklyn New York on August 22, 1972. He and his accomplices held nine bank employees hostage, demanding money so that Aron could have a sex change operation. Aron knew nothing of the plan. Wojtowicz was sentenced to 20 years in a federal penitentiary, and the incident was portrayed in the motion picture Dog Day Afternoon. Aron eventually underwent sex reassignment surgery, and changed her name to Liz Eden.