Prisoners of their own apparatus? Men charged with stealing manuscript from Hotel California | Eagles

Three men have been charged in the United States with possession of tickets worth more than $1 million ($840,000) belonging to one of the Eagles’ founding members, Don Henley, including the handwritten lyrics of the the group’s best-known song, Hotel California.

Prosecutors said Glenn Horowitz, 66, Craig Inciardi, 58, and Edward Kosinski, 59, knew the documents – which included lyrics to other songs from the band’s Hotel California album, such as Life in the Fast Lane and New Kid In Town – were robbed.

The men attempted to sell the manuscripts, fabricated a false provenance and lied to auction houses, potential buyers and law enforcement about the origin of the material, the District Attorney’s Office said. New York.

They also reportedly engaged in a “year-long campaign to prevent Henley from recovering the manuscripts,” the department said.

They were originally stolen in the late 1970s by an author who had been hired to write a biography of the group, the prosecutor’s office said.

In 2005, the biographer sold the documents to Horowitz, a rare book dealer, who in turn sold them to Inciardi and Kosinski.

When Henley learned that Iniciardi and Kosinski were trying to sell parts of the manuscripts, he filed police reports, told the defendants the documents had been stolen and demanded return of his property – which the men refused. .

Horowitz, Inciardi and Kosinksi were charged in an indictment by the New York State Supreme Court with one count of fourth-degree conspiracy.

Inciardi and Kosinski were also charged with first-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Horowitz was charged with attempted criminal possession of stolen property in the first degree and two counts of obstruction of prosecution in the second degree.

“New York is a world-class hub for art and culture, and those selling cultural artifacts must strictly follow the law,” District Attorney Alvin Bragg said.

“There is no place for those who would seek to ignore basic expectations of fair dealing and undermine public trust in our cultural commerce for their own ends.

“These defendants attempted to keep and sell these unique and valuable manuscripts, even though they knew they had no right to do so.

“They made up stories about where the documents came from and their right to own them so they could profit from them.”

Nicholas E. Crittendon