"A Determined Woman"
Dolly Mapp made her way back into the news, as well.
She sold her house in
She dabbled in real estate and a furniture business, among other things.
In 1973, Dolly Mapp once again answered a knock on her door and found a small squadron of
She allowed them inside, as required by law.
The cops had had Mapp under surveillance for six weeks as a suspected fence for stolen property.
In her home police found stolen television sets, furs, silver and antiques. They also found 50,000 $3 hits of heroin.
She was convicted at trial and sentenced to 20 years in prison under
Mapp served more than 9 years, from 1972 until 1981, before Gov. Hugh Carey, who opposed the Rockefeller laws, commuted her sentence.
Now in her 70s, Mapp lives in St. Albans,
In a telephone interview, she told Crime Library that the
She hasnt forgotten a single detail.
They said they had a warrant, she said. I said, What is your warrant for? When he wouldnt say, I stood firm. I guess I was a little belligerent at times. But I know right from wrong, and I knew I was right in this case. I think I might have died for my rights at that point.
She acknowledged that the police probably were surprised to find such a determined woman when they knocked on her door. Black people tended to cow to cops in 1957, she said.
I was always a determined woman, she said, and I suppose I grew even more determined as a single mother trying to raise a child. I knew I was being railroaded, and I said Im not going to take this lying down. I was determined to take it as far as I needed to take it, and it turned out that meant going to the Supreme Court.
Mapp said she had no regrets over Mapp v.
I stand firm on my convictions. Always have, she said. I believe you dont run away from nothing. You have to be man enough or woman enough to stand and fight if its something worth fighting for. And Mapp v.