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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933

January 21, 2016 • $1.00 Volume 86 • Number 3

An E.V. landlord’s past assault conviction has his tenants more worried BY YANNIC RACK


hile dozens of East Village residents have accused their new landlord of shady practices ever since he bought their buildings last year, they may be surprised to find out that he also has a criminal past. Raphael Toledano, the

25-year-old who last September expanded his real estate portfolio in the neighborhood with the purchase of 16 buildings, is the subject of a state investigation into tenant harassment. In addition, The Villager has learned that he was convicted of aggravated assault and TOLEDANO continued on p. 12

Apple, carrot, zucchini? Chewing over admissions ideas for Morton school BY SARA HENDRICKSON


ew innovative admissions policies have been instituted at a handful of the city’s public schools to combat increasing segregation and narrow the intractable achievement gap. On the evening of Mon., Jan. 11, 160 community mem-

bers gathered in the gym of the Clinton School for Artists and Writers, at 10 E. 15th St., to learn about these novel approaches and collaborate on shaping the admissions policy for the new Morton St. middle school, which will be opening in fall 2017. The meeting was sponSCHOOL continued on p. 24

Front row, from left, Lenore, 7, Diane, 8, Jenean, 9, and Dorothy, 10, with Romola and David Lloyd Wilkie — later known as Adam Purple — on their passport photo to emigrate to Australia in 1964.

All Purple’s daughters BY LINCOLN ANDERSON


verything is true,” said Diane Beastrom. One of Adam Purple’s former stepdaughters, she called The Villager three weeks ago — the day after the newspaper’s publication of “The dark side of Purple,” an exposé of the urban gardening legend’s shocking history of sexual abuse and imprisonment — to tell her own story. Beastrom, in turn, provided a contact number for her

sister, Dorothy Brooks, in Australia, who in short order recounted to The Villager her years of nightly sexual abuse, culminating in rape, by Purple, real name David Lloyd Wilkie. “He was truly a horrible monster,” Dorothy said. “I am still recovering.” Diane also provided a phone number for Lenore Wilkie, David Wilkie’s youngest biological daughter, who, in phone interviews, similarly shared her vivid memories of growing up in the sexually deviant

household, which she credits with sending her life on a downward spiral into decades of homelessness and prostitution. Lenore also said that when she went to live with Wilkie on the Lower East Side when she was 16, he had her put in an IUD — her assumption being he clearly hoped to have sex with her — and that it left her permanently unable to bear children. In “The dark side of Purple,” Jenean, Wilkie’s oldest PURPLE continued on p. 8

Judith Kaye, 77, L.G.B.T 4 Supporting single-payer 15 Twin Peaks in the 21

The Villager • Jan. 21, 2016  


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