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Prominent Lawyer Stabbed to Death in Motel

November 11, 1992 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ A prominent real estate lawyer has been found stabbed to death in a so- called ″short stay″ motel.

David Schwartz, 55, a partner in the prestigious Cravath Swaine & Moore law firm in Manhattan, was found early Monday in the Hutchinson Whitestone Motel in the Bronx section, said police spokesman Sgt. Ed Burns.

Schwartz was found fully dressed on the floor next to the bed with stab wounds in the neck, chest and back, Burns said.

New York Newsday quoted unidentified police sources as saying a condom and a container of lubricant were found near his body.


Schwartz checked into the hotel Sunday, giving a false name and paying the three-hour rate of $25.50. He appeared to be alone when he signed in, police said.

A motel clerk found Schwartz’s body when he went to tell him that his time in the room was up, police said.

Newsday said Schwartz earned more than $1 million annually.

″I guess I would say he was one of our most respected partners,″ said a senior partner at Cravath, Samuel Butler.

Schwartz and his wife had three children.