In October a grand jury began examining the case calling 95 witnesses and amassing 975 pages of testimony. He was an Associate Justice of the New York Supreme Court for New York County. There he ate dinner with Sally Lou Ritz and William Klein a lawyer friend of Crater.
He was last seen leaving a restaurant on 45th Street. He had stated earlier that he was planning to attend a Broadway show. Joseph Force Crater (January 5 1889 – on or after August 6 1930) was a judge in New York City who disappeared on the night of August 6 1930.