Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Roman Polanski

Telling the Police

Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski

Sera's phone call to Polanski was perhaps the first tip-off that his liaison was not without consequence.

Samantha's mother was about to find out that the pictures were just the tip of the iceberg.

Her initial discovery of the rape was a game of telephone. First, Samantha told her boyfriend. Then, she told her sister, who told her mother, who called the police.

The girl was brought in for questioning and submitted to a rape-kit examination — the results were indisputable: there was evidence of "minor bruising to the anus," and no evidence of vaginal rape. There was seminal fluid on her underwear.

At the end of grand jury testimony on March 24th, Polanski was indicted on six felony counts: furnishing Quaaludes to a minor, unlawful sexual intercourse, rape by use of drugs, oral copulation, sodomy, and child molestation.

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