Winona Republican Herald, December 18, 1952 : Front Page

Publication: Winona Republican Herald December 18, 1952

Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1952, Winona, Minnesota Fair Tonight, Friday, Somewhat Colder Tonight Be a Goodfellow VOLUME 52, NO. 258 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 18, 1952 TWENTY-FOUR Jarle Leirfallom, state director of public insti- tutions, pleads with inmates for co-operation as he opens an investigation into charges of laxity in administration at the Minnesota state prison Stillwater. CAP Photo) at V V Engineer Took Whisky Inside Prison, Charge By JACK B. MACKAY STILLWATER Minn. chief engineer at Stillwater Prison was identified today by Jarle Leirfallom, acting state institutions di- rector as the man who brought three bottles of whisky into the prison. The engineer is John Frawley, 76, an employe of the prison for 41 said Warden Leo F. Utecht and two state Crime Bureau agents, William Conley and Wil- liam Bennyhoff, were to be credit- the charge TODAY Bright Side of Picture By JOSEPH ALSOP WASHINGTON from a tour of inquiry abroad is always curious experience, for there is ed for "breaking" against FrawJey. Leirfallom, who took over tern- j to porary operation of the prison Wednesday to investigate reports of irregularities at the institution, said there was evidence to sub- stantiate the charge against the chief engineer. No Search Leirfallom said Frawley could enter the prison gates without any kind of a search and that he often carried boxes of machinery parts into the institution. The whisky, forbidden by law in penal institutions, was apparent- ly brought into the prison on a Sunday and was in the building Vincent Defends Loyalty to US. TANGIER Carter Vin- cent, U. S. consular agent in this international city, said today there was no doubt in his own mind a barrier of thought as well as for 24 hours at the most before it an ocean barrier between Europe I was discovered. and America. Today, the experi- Frawley was injured in the pris- on power house last Thursday, the day after he was interviewed by Crime Bureau investigators. He is now under doctors' care at Lake- view Memorial Hospital. Warden Utecht said the about my absolute and constant United States." The American minister and former head of the State Depart- ment Far Eastern policy section has been called home after a loyal- ty review board found "there is reasonable doubt as to his loyalty." The diplomat said he did not wish to make any. formal state- ment about the board's action. ence is more strange than ever, for there is the added contrast be- tween the bleak certainties, the hard, inescapable realities, of the great world problems, and the misty uncertainty, the still-fog-1 imum penalty for bringing liquor into the prison was a five-year term. A letter from a prisoner charging that a narcotics traffic existed at the institution touched off the in- vestigation that led to the discovery of the liquor. The narcotics traffic claim was found to be a hoax. The warden said he had learned the whisky was intended for Joseph Schaefer, member of the notorious "Murder Inc." Schaefer is one of two life prisoners serving terms at Stillwater for murder in connection with the killing of two underworld characters in St. Paul in 1932. Utecht said he thought the special prison investigation might turn up something he didn't know about, but that so far he had heard about nothing he already didn't know. Information Withheld The warden told the Associated Press that the complete informa- tion concerning the investigation has been withheld from the public by state officials. Utecht said he had earlier sent to surmount any one of them is i through tte pr0per channels in- .quite capable of bringing us and i{ u denying and refuting var- iimi-lr! mAi-O rvt- IdCC j

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Publication: Winona Republican Herald

Location: Winona, Minnesota

Issue Date: December 18, 1952

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