Al Pacino John Stanley Wojtowicz was the son of Polish immigrants. He and his wife, Carmen Bifulco had two children before they separated in 1969 and Wojtowicz' life took one of the most colorful turns in American history. Following the dissolution of his marriage, Wojtowicz met Ernest Aron - who would become Elizabeth Debbie Eden - in 1971 at an Italian feast in New York City and the pair had a public wedding ceremony that same year. John Stanley Wojtowicz On August 22, 1972, Wojtowicz,Salvatore Naturale and Robert Westenberg walked into the branch of the Chase Manhattan bank on the corner of East Third Street and Avenue P in Gravesend, Brooklyn. The proceeds from the bank heist they attempted that day, at least according to Wojtowicz, were meant to pay for his wife's sex reassignment surgery, and the pair who actually entered the bank, Wojtowicz and Naturale, held seven bank employees hostage for more than half a day when the robbery went south. Village Voice columnist and investigative journalist Arthur Bell, who knew Wojtowicz personally, was involved in negotiations aimed at freeing the hostages. It was Bell's contention that real motivation for the robbery was to complete a Mafia operation. Wojtowicz ultimately served 5 years in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary for the robbery, and he was paid $7,500 and 1% of the net profits from a film based on the movie rights to his story. He used the cash to help finance Aron's sex reassignment surgery, just as he said he would. Elizabeth Debbie Eden died of AIDS-related pneumonia in Rochester, New York, during September of 1987.