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Avalanche-Journal (Newspaper) - March 28, 1977, Lubbock, Texas Letter Bared TRENTON AP Three months before Bruno Richard Hauptmann was electrocuted for the Lindbergh baby der he wrote a bitter and poignant declaration of innocence to his mother Authorities feared the let ter might prove embarrassing and never mailed it Now 41 years later the sup pressed letter has been discovered among the private papers of a for mer warden of Trenton State Pris on My God My God is jus tice in this world Hauptmann wrote asserting that his execution break the life of an inno cent The letter and several other new ly discovered items of Hauptmann memorabilia in tho wardens pri vate archive have been obtained by the Associated Press and the New York Daily News Few documents like them have surfaced since the Isle 1930s when the Lindbergh case was considered the crime of the Hauptmann was convicted in February MS of abducting and murdering the 22monthold son of Col Charles A Lindbergh who had become a national heio as the Excerpts Fran frm Letter To Mother Page 3 Sec A first person to fly from New York to Paris The evidence against Haupt mann was all circumstantial but built a strong case It included the ladder used to into the Lind bergh home part of which the state said matched flooring in the attic of borne more than in marked ransom money found toi the Hauptmann home and handwriting samples of Hauptmanns which expert wit nesses said matched the notes After his trial Hauptmann was sent to death row where con insisting he was innocent Hauptmann a carpenter in his wno ted entered coun try illegally was the only person tried and convicted in the case Many observers at the time and since Have felt that he not have acted atae and that the last chance to discover the whole truth about the crime died with him On Dec IMS in neat German script wrote u tetter to his mother Paulino in Germany If I were guilty I would submit to my Hauptmann wrote I cannot be silent and must de fend myself and this 1 do with a clear conscience Dear mother this letter wiU be somewhat long for I want to go in to some points regarding my trial 1 will always and must always suitable to my situation go accord ing to the record Abo a lie cannot help me but would rather hurt Hauptmann gave the letter to Col Mirk 0 then See BRUNO 14 FIRSTIn Lubbock 55th Year No 124 48 Pages Texas Monday Morning March 28 1977 Price 15 Cents Full leased Wires UPI FIFTEEN 530 Persons Perish In Collision Of Jetliners In Canary Islands American Tour Group Included SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE Canary Islands AP Two giant Jetliners Ing American and European tourists and burned on a foggy runway on this Spanish island Sunday killing more than 530 persons in the worst disaster In aviation history the civil guard reported Both Boeing had been diverted to the airport here because of terrorist bomb blast In the air terminal at nearby Las Palmas which had been their destina tion Carried Total Of Ml The planes belonging to Pan American World Airways and the Dutch airline KLM carried a total of 643 persons the airlines said A KLM spokesman said all Jtt passengers and 14 crew members on Us plane were killed A Pan American official In New York reported the American jet carried 378 pas sengers and 16 crew members Estimates by police and airport officials on the number of survivors from the Pan American flight varied from 73 lo more than ICS JUMBO JETS above are the types of Royal Dutch and Pan American jetliners that collided on a runway in the Canary Islands Sunday In the top panel is a KLM airliner Boeing 747 and in the lower panel is a Pah American 747 At least 530 persons are feared to have perished in the collision making it the worst avia tion tragedy in history AP Defiant Dust May Return By SYLVIA TEAGUE Stiff SO YOU thought nearly an inch of rain would keep the dust from blowing Wrong said a the Na tional Weather Service And as if to prove the point wide spread blowing dust is expected in Lub bock starting this afternoon and possibly lasting through Tuesday A gradual increase in the pressure gra dient today should produce strong gusty surface winds which in turn should stir up the dust Southwesterly winds of 25 to 35 mph with occasional gusts to nearly 50 mph are expected this afternoon and evening Northwesterly winds from 25 to 35 mph arc in store tonight and Tuesday Rainfall in Lubbock totaled 82 of an inch 20 of which fell Saturday Precipitation off In the city be fore sunrise Sunday however elsewhere in the area rain continued much of Sun day Moderate to heavy thunderstorms de early Sunday afternoon over the Panhandle and northern counties of the Flooding Claims Two Lives By The Associated Piess A SPRING storm that roamed across the expanses of Texas over the weekend spawned tornadoes and flooding causing at least two deaths in North Central Tex In Fort Worth James Dent died when his horse fell into a flooded gravel pit The youth his grandfather and a friend were attempting to move cattle to higher ground when the accident oc curred Ralph Mellon Verlander 61 died as he and his wife tried to move a truck from a Grand Prairie trailer park to higher ground Officials said Verlander was swept under the truck by swift water from a nearby creek Thunderstorms at times severe caused flooding Saturday night in Abi lene and Sunday morning in the Dallas Fort Worth area Several streets were closed because of high water Burleson just south of Fort Worth re ported six inches of rain in a 24hour peri od A funnel cloud was reported to have touched the ground Sunday afternoon near Turkey in the Panhandle and an other caused damage to some mobile homes near Van Alstyne in Grayson County in North Central Texas Heavy thunderstorms formed Sunday ahead of a front in East Texas prompt ing a tornado watch for Northeast Texas Six Flags Over Texas amusement park in Arlington Sunday because of See DOWNSTATE Page 14 South Plains Several funnel clouds were observed by law enforcement officials about 1 Sunday in the vicinity of Lockney in Floyd County and in Hale County Three additional funnels clouds were spotted neaf about 2 and at several funnels were report ed north of Petersburg In Floyd County None of those funnels touched the ground according to the NWS However in the police Emergency Operations Center alett but ton was accidentally pushed causing tor nado sirens to sound in the town at Sunday Officials blamed for the false alarm Funnel Near A funnel was sighted around by the sheriffs office in about 12 miles southwest of that city A funnel reportedly touched ground briefly and went back into the clouds 18 miles southwest of Turkey at No damage resulted Pea was reported both in Amarillo and Hereford and Amarillo ex some street flood rut Area rainfall totals include Inches at Snyder at Big Spring in Jay ton 93 in Plains 88 in Tahoka and 84 in Lamesa However weather was more severe in the north and cast portions of the state where thunderstorms continued to roam Sunday A tornado watch was issued for a large portion of East Texas until 2 this morning and the NWS said large hall and damaging winds were a possibility up to inch in diameter was re ported in the East Texas county of Bow ie Heaviest rainfall amounts fell in the See WEATHER Page 14 Odessa Area Wrecks Kill Six Persons ODESSA Special Six persons were dead In the wake of a rash of car and truck accidents in this area of West Tex as after what a Department of Public Safety spokesman said was a super freaky 36hour period this weekend Two men were killed Instantly about Sunday In the latest of a series of grinding wrecks which began shortly before midnight Friday Paul L Clark 41 of Duson La and his driving partner Chester 36 of Morgan City were killed after the trailer In which they were riding collided headon with another trac tor trailer driven by a 21yearold El Paso Irian In guarded condition at Medical Kenter Hospital here late Sunday was Earl P Smith driver of the second truck A DPS spokesman said the accident oc curred when the driver of one of the trucks lost control and crossed the medi an on Interstate 20 eight miles weal of See ODESSA AREA Paft H The Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a sevenman team to help Spanish officials Investigate the crash since one of the planes belonged to an American airline and both were Officials at two hospitals here said they had admitted about 70 Injured Lot The Pan American flight was a charter that originated In Los Angeles with a stop In New York KLM President Sergio re ported the Dutch plane was traveling at a takeoff speed of about 156 miles in hour when It the Pan American plane that also was maneuver ing for a takeoff Pan American officials In New York said the Pan Am plane was crossing a runway when the collision took place and that both planes were in the proem of departing Immediately after the collision Tetter Ife radio began broadcasting appeals for all doctors on the Island to rush to the airport A huge traffic Jim built up be tween the airport and the town of Santa Cruz as private can and tuts ferried the injured to hospitals The Spanish news agency said M Injured persons were in serious condi tion many suffering from severe burns One Spaniard and 13 Americans suffer ing less serious Injuries were taken to a local hotel It said Cifra had reported earlier that 170 peo ple were kilted KLM said Its passengers included 29 small children and six babies Pan American reported its jet picked people in a stop at New York City It said no casually would be provided until relatives of the victims had been notified Both planes were carrying tourists on See JETS COLLIDE Page Rains Plague Hunt For Gold WRITE SANDS UPI Treas ure hunters running out of time clues and postponed a search for the leg Victorio Peak gold cache for the second straight day Sunday because of heavy rains in the southern New Mexico mountains Rain and snow ell over the normally arid search area turning dirt roads into impassable quagmires We have 40 miles of dirt roads to cov er and no one is getting said a spokesman for White Sands Missile Range where the small peak which U supposed to contain the gold is located The Army allowed claimants of the gokl 10 days to try to find the fabled treasure The original deadline was sun set Monday but searchers were given and extra day when operations had to be hail ed Saturday The said a second ex was being considered after trie search was called off again Sunday Search leader Norman Scott said he stopped operations Saturday after it be came too hazardous for his crew to scale the 700foottaU peak He said the remaining time would be spent enlarging an opening In the peak discovered by the late Milton Doc Noss widow who is among the claim ants to the legendary sold Scott a treasure map which to supposed to show how to reach the cavern Noss said he found 40 years ago He said the cavern filled with stacks of goVi ban GOOD MORNING It WINDY through Tues day with blowing dust Highs today In low Page 2 Sec A Dear Father help ut to have a greater aware nets of the worth of hu man touts and may wt become Involved In the salvation ot the of others Amen A Reader Your AJ D D A Family A A Investors 15 C A D Wordy Good Reading Youth Council program could set worldwide example tor facilities Page 11 Sec A billed more than million for Congressional mall Page 10 Sec A Rocky Holds Spotlight For Oscar Presentations LOS ANGELES AP Movies about a Cinderella boxer a demented TV an chorman and a pair of Investigative re porters are leading candidates for Best Picture of 1976 In the nationally telecast 49th Academy awards show Monday night Sylvester Stallones ring script about a club boxer who to fight the champ seemed In be the favor ite in the Oscar race one of closest in Network with its view of the television jungle appeared to be a sol id threat with the possibility of a mow award to Peter Finch u best Two of Scotts crewmen worked way IN feet into the entr ance but found K blocked by a about 30feet thick Now claimed he in sealed the shaft while at tempting to widen it with a dynamite peak about 13 feet to one side of the chimney entrance Scott who injured hli right arm during the search operations earlier In the week retreated along with hit crew to mobile homes several mifes from the peak while an Army guard force guarded the area All the Presidents a favorite in speculation still remained a possi bility although voters may consider its Watergate theme paste Abo nominated for best picture are Bound for Glory and Taxi No matter who wf m the acting Oscars the ABC telecast a of Of the thing only one wUI be from the Music Center audience Laurence Olivier nomi for bett supporting actor In Mara thon sent his regrets from Eng land No es me given but he hat been in health If Ihe winners are less predictable this year the are not They will be long The program starts at 9 CST and has been clocked at 2 hours 28 minutes But producer William an Os himself for directing The French has not given nomi nees the usual lecture about limiting speeches The acceptances are part ol the ho reasons On the other hand he has eliminated the of the celebrities on camera people getting out of can are not what the awards are And he has elimi dual presenters on the logic that their banter ks usually inane Otherwise It will be more of tNs lame from the past 49 yean The The please The winner is 1 would like to No Bob Hope this year The emcees are Richard Pryor Ellen Burstyn Jane Fon da and Warren Beatty Presenters in clude Stallone William HoMen lack Ni cholson and Louise Fletcher the latter two were last years Uv Ullmann Pearl Bailey Neil best Norman Mailer writing Lillian Hellman Mart FeWman snort Red Skat ton
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