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Sunday Freeman (Newspaper) - January 9, 1977, Kingston, New York VOL. CVI, No. 70 Sunday, Jan. 9, 1977 Sunday Chance of Snpw_Min. 10 Max. 23 Did He Commit 'Perfect'Crimes? In For Two 'Murders' By TOBffi GEERTSEMA Freeman staff KINGSTON A Halcottsville man who came'to Kingston police Saturday with a tale of murder, anon, burglary and antique peddling, was arrested for a 1974 murder no one knew had been committed until he confessed it. After moire than seven hours of in- tensive'questioning and investigation by city detectives and a battery of state BCI investigators, Edward Coetello of Halcot- Uville was turned over by city police to Cpt. J.J. Carroll and BCI Inv. Joe Moore of state police Troop C Margaretville, for killing Vida Saunders in March of 1974. Costello, 52, and reportedly a former inmate of a state mental institution, had come to police himself Saturday with, a story of crimes he said he committed over a period of several years in the Margaret- ville area. He told Kingston Police Chief Julius Classman and Detective Sergeant Joseph Feraca he was responsible for the death of his stepfather, Alfred Glass, in November 1973, and for the suffocation of the Saunders woman, a family friend, both of whom, according to Costello's statements, were living with him and his sister, Alberta MacDonald, at the time of their deaths. Costello, who was picked up on Mary's Avenue p.m. Saturday after call- ing Kingston police and saying he had information to give them, reconstructed events that initially led to a quandary about whether charges could be lodged against him. According to his confession, he alleged- ly forced the death of his elderly step- father by causing him to choke on his own fluids. When Glass, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, was seized with un- controllable, coughing, Costello .said he' deliberately gave him a drink of. brandy. When he strangled on that, Costello (according to his confession y followed the brandy with water in the knowledge he would drown on his own fluids when the mixture went into his lungs. Costello alleged he had suffocated the Saunders woman with a pillow while she was sleeping. Both deaths had been attributed to natural causes at the time, Feraca said. Feraca had been in contact with Margaretville Hospital and state police in Delaware County, he said, and both had confirmed there was no cause for suspi- cion originally in either death, tinct Glass's medical history was known, and the Saunders woman won a pacemaker for heart problems. But state police also told Feraca and Classman that her relatives had re- quested an autopsy. That had been im- possible, he said, because her body had been cremated. Costello, in his con- fession, maintained he had convinced the man and woman to "sign their bodies over to the Albany Medical Center" for scientific purposes in the event of their death before he had committed the crimes to which he confessed. Why she had been cremated and Glass had not was yet to be ascertained. _ fact that he had earlier entered the house through the basement and robbed it of silver, antiques, glassware, and other items while Mrs. Lawrence was out of town visiting relatives. Costello also, confessed to several other burglaries in the Delaware and Schoharie County areas, .and said that, in each instance, he had sold the antiques he had stolen in each robbery. (See CRIMES, page 5) rCHURNING CHILLED WATERS WiiiSiii m ftwmtn photo by Bob Baton Cold snow, and a half-frozen creek weren't enough to force the tug Prince" Into a reipite from its labors. In this photo, the tug is straining to force an oil barge Into its proper position on the Hondout. 'World'ii? Brief San Francisco Quake Causes Little Harm SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) San Francisco's strongest earthquake in 11 years and more than 50 aftershocks rumbled through the Bay Area Satur- day, causing minimal damage but triggering thousands of telephone calls from worried citizens to police agen- cies. The big temblor, measuring 4.6 on the open-ended Richter scale, was re- corded at a.m. PST The aftershocks continued- into evening, but University of California seismologists said the worst was over. Rome's Red Mayor Too Nice to Pope ROME (UPI) munitt mayor came under attack from nil Socialist deputy Saturday for ihaking handt with Pope Paul VI and hit-good-neighbor policy toward the Vatican. Sodaliit Deputy Mayor Alberto Benconi, in an interview with the magaiine Tempo, Mayor Giulio Carlo Argan't frequent meetings with the Pope amounted to appeas- ing the Vatican and condoning its alleged land speculation. "I feel athamed because from now M, in thinking of Rome'i firit left- wiM adminiitratlon, people will re- Argtn ihaking hands with Paul VI and not what food thingt wt did in theee fcw Miami Hotel Strike Could Continue MIAMI BEACH (UPI) A nego- tiator taid Saturday the two-week-old strike against eight resort hotels in Miami Beach and Miami could could drag on for another, two weeks, or longer. Union threats to extend the strike failed to materialise Saturday, and Local 356 of the Hotel arid RetUurant Employe! and Bartenden union an- nounced it had reached an accord with the Cutaways hotel at Sunny Itles, north of Miami Beach. Claudine Longet Hides for Weekend ASPEN, Colo. (UPI) Singer Claudine Longet, wearied by the first week of her trial for the felony manslaughter of pro aUer Vladimir "Spider" Sabich, her lover, te- cluded herself in her Vlctorian-etyle retort home Saturday to prepare for the "ordeal ahead." Twelve neighbor! of Mitt Longet, 35, were chosen Friday at her Jury and the prosecution taid it' would open its case against the ex-wife of singer Andy Williams Monday. Wil- liams wat subpoenaed at a prose- cution witness. Spotlitc The Purity of Childhood Page 17 Sporti Commentary 29 Backftafe at the Ballet Tempo Classifieds............................... 39-41 Crossword................................ T-19 Dear 19 Editorials, Columns.......................6 Jeanne Dixbn.............................. 26 Life 17-26 Obituariet..................................... 5 Social Security and You.............. 23 27-32 Stock Market.............................. 36 Teen T-6 Weather........................................ 2 WELCOME TO KINGSTON PrMmtn photo by Alan Carry Not even a license plate from the Sunshine State is proof against an Ulster County" winter storm. Mark Werbalowaky, a Fort Lauderdale resident visiting in Kingston, has found that out. Still more of the white stuff, in "light" amounts, ia forecast for today. Drive Only Short of Last Year United Way Nears Mark Hoping to match last total ..contributions, the "Ulster Cdurity'TJnited --Way 'drive is currently making 'a final bid for' funds. "We're only short of the collected in the previous said Chairman we hope to make that amount to avoid.anycurtail- ment of the gerviceVof we To'date, said Wagner, the drive has raised or 93.3 percent of this year's goal of If the-campaign could'still take in just over the community would suffer no bad effect through cutbacks in services by agencies depending on donations. But while plus would solve that problem, Wagner said United Way was hopeful the campaign might go beyond that and.take in as much as "that would get us up to he, said, "the largest giving year Ulster County United had. And we're not backing down on trying' to accomplish our current goal of The chairman said workers have attempted to contact everyone at their place of employment to request. pledges or contributions. "If people have not been contacted and want to give, we hope they'll consider contributing he said, "to provide the. support so vitally needed by these human service agencies." He noted many cases in which' county residents of limited means had been as generous as possible to the campaign even though they faced difficult times them- selves. One Woodstock woman on a lim- ited income, he said, had sent a check for mpre than she had ever given before. She had high praise for the services performed by two United Way agencies: Family of Woodstock and the Home- maker Service. Wagner also said that a Kingston man, who hid been unable to find work for the last four months, sent a check for He had noted that he had always supported United Way while he had been employed and wanted to continue to do so even though he did-not know when his next job would become available. "It is gratifying when you have people like that supporting our United Way said the campaign chairman. "It graphically shows the fine support many people in the community are giving us." The Margin of Victory Was 11 votes Whispell Outpolled Catalinotto For County GOP Chairmanship By CHAZY DOWALIBY Freeman staff KINGSTON It took two and a half hours, some bruised egos and no small amount of behind-the-scenes maneu- vering, but when the voting was over Kenneth Whispell was the new Ulster County Republican Chairman. More than two-thirds of the county's 300 Republican committeemen took their chances with snow drifts and icy roads to cast votes Friday night in what may have been the hardest-run campaign in recent GOP history.. The Town of Kingston chairman and long-time party plodder by no means won by a landslide, but Whispell carried 134 of of a possible 237 votes, and it was 'enough. His opponent, Saugerties attorney Michael Catalinotto, who kept right on swinging until the final bell sounded, pulled 103 votes. The voting was done by secret ballot, something new for chairmanship elec- tions, and a move that Whispell had been Fimu pkm by Aln Cuty MICHAJIL CATALINOTTO lort, but Mt a KENNETH WHISPELL ponders a close vote; in his favor. espousing since he announced his can- didacy several weeks ago. The vote to go private on the balloting came early in the evening, was pasted unanimously, and and was an indicator of the no-nonsense mood of the town com- mittee members. They were outspoken, sometimes hostile and made it clear that they would not be pushed around by either candidate or their party leaden. Outgoing Chairman Albert Spada tat on the stage along with the executive committee of the party. He took in the scene gracefully and kept up his end of the bargain by supporting no candidate and greeting-everyone and anyone, with his characteristic smile. Spada resigned the position after eight years, in the wake of heavy criticism for the GOP defeats in the November elec- tions. Both Whispell and Catalinotto had a chance to speak to the wary assemblage before the final voting. The Saugerties lawyer" came in with a strong defense of himself, hit perty affiliations and his leadership quali- fications. "Nobody controls shouted an ada- mant Catalinotto. "For too long informa- tion has been coming from the top down... winds are blowing for a change." When he was through, acting Chairman Edwin Callahan took some exception to a remark about letting "rascals" into the party. "I hope you weren't referring to anyone sitting he asserted. Catalinotto came back with a soft, firm "No." Whispell played the crowd a completely different way. He didn't say anything. "I think I've expressed my philosphies and the issues are he told his "I suggest we get on with the ballot." They did and'he won. When it was all over, Whispell made a gracious acceptance speech, thanked eve- ryone who voted for him and everyone who didn't. He asked. Catalinotto to say a few words, but the pipe-chewing barrister commented that he'd said enough for one night. He asked Spada to speak for a moment and the somewhat out-of-place party faithful pledged hit support to Whispell and urged harmony and party strength in the coming election year. Whispell himself didn't say much of anything new. He reaffirmed his cam- paign pledge! for an open administration, for consulting with the committeemen and being accountable to the people and the prat. He urged a party committment to help wive tlie problems of unemployment, high taiet and inflation in the county in this "ysar of The biggest question still unanswered, however, it whether Whispell can muster the itrength and the new ideal to lead the Republican party up from decline and defeat in the months ahead.: If not, he could face an even tougher: fight for hit newly won sett cone next lummer, when the party chooses its can- didate! and its leader til over again.
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