Abilene Reporter News, February 4, 1962

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 4, 1962, Abilene, Texas tEíjc Chilene J^eporter -JBtetofi "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GQfSIL. “ sT*‘ 81ST YEAR. NO. 232 ;t'-OX-£    EV-l    iW 3AV 3300 9909 X : AM3S m.JO'MV ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY .MORNING, FEBRUARY 4, 1962—FIFTY-SIX PAGES If A. AssorinteH Prfiu (JP) CONFESSION OF A CONVICT Spears Says Bomb on Downed Plane OFFICERS REVIEW DITIES — Dr. W B. Irvin of Dallas, left, chairman of the board of trustees of Hardin-Simmons University, discusses board actions Saturday with George Graham, executive vice president who was appointed interim administrator while the board seeks a successor to Dr. Evan A. Reiff. (Staff photo) «y F.DMlM> A. RARKKR (\Vriltf*n for the .VssiK’iated Press) DALLAS 'AF’) — A convict told me he believe.s a Immh undoubtedly was aboard the National Airlines plane that vanished into the I Gulf of Mexico w ith 42 person.s alxKird, Nov. 16. 1959 Holx’U Vernon Spears, now in .Alcatraz, says he watched a confederate walk into the airline I terminal at Tampa. F'la., with a packagwl bomb under his arm and head for the doomed airliner. These are the grim facts outlined Saturday night on my KHLD new.s broadca.st and in a copyrighted story in the Dallas Timoa Herald William Allen Taylor, an old prison cmny of Spears, got on the plane in Spt'ar.s’ place, using I Spears’ ticket and rode to an I ocean grave, my taped interviews with Spears now in the files of the FBI. indicate ! Parts of 10 hKxiies and bits of aircraft were recovered from the Gulf’s brooding waters, but a tremendous search yielded nothing imore. Spears, a Dallas naturopath,,old Tampa, Fla . tire salesman.i Taylor got out of the car with who had insured    his life for $12l,-jmade the bomb for him at bis re-    the suitcase    and tucked the pack- 'W, disappeared    after the    tragedy, ¡quest. Spears explained lo me that    age under    an arm He walked I Since his name    was on    the pa.s- he needed a bomb to “take care”    through the    door of the airport senger li.st and    he had    actually 1 of a woman witness who intended    and headed    for the plane, which validated his    own ticket, it was    to testify against him in an abor-    had come from    Miami    and was jpre.s^med he    perished along with    tion trial at Los Angeles.    [scheduled to fly    to New    Orleans, 141 others. Insiurance companies^ He and Taylor were to meet in [Dallas and Us Angeles were preparing to pay the claims! Dallas, he said, and go on to the It was National Airlines Flight when FBI agent.s cornered Spears West Coast.    967.    being    operated with Delta Air. at a I^hoenix, Ariz,, motel Janu-j Taylor had intended    to drive his    I lines equipment    on an    interchange ary 20, 1960 He whipped a bottle,car to    Dallas but he    was suffer*    arrangement, of cyanide from his pocket but an ing from a sore mx!k and shoulder Taylor had a two - hour timer (agent caught the hand before the and wanted to ride on the plane, to connect to the bomb, Sfxars bottle reiiched Spears' lips. Therej Spears claimed So it was decided told me was enough cyanide to kill 300 that Taylor would fly from Tampa    Plane    Disappeared men, experts said.    Uo Dallas and that S})ear.s would The plane took off from Tampa Spears is    in Alcatraz prison,    drive Taylor’s car to Dallas.    at 12 25 a. m.    Eastern    Standard jironically serving time for steal-    S(H»ars said this is what hap-    Time No\. 16.    and disapjK»arid ing Taylor's car It is his ninth pened    from the radar scope at the New term in prison. He has been ar-, The    two drove to    the Tampa    Orleans Air Traffic Control    On* , rested 28 times, on charges rang-;airport    shortly tiefore midnight on    ter exactly one    hour    and 26    minting from armed robbery to aUr-: Novembc'r 15, 1959,    .utes later tion. I have interviewed him many'    Validatijd    Ticket    '    It    went    into the Gulf 109 miles Umc^, for a total of more than 60 Spears went into the airport and southeast of New Orleans and 109 ))ours    i v’alidated the ticket Then he came miles southwest of Mobile, Ala He is the toughest man I ever'out and gave the ticket to Taylor. i 1 said to Spears: “Thi- is a knew, with cold,    hard eyes and    Taylor had a small suitcase    that    very’ tragic thing,    isn’t if’” an evil leer. He    now    is    eligible    could be carried on the plane.    The    He replied    ‘’Terrible thing” for parole.    bomb was in a recdangular pack-j “What are    your    thoughts about Spears said Taylor,    a    61-year-    age on the back seat of the    car.    it now?” “They are the same now that they have been all the time,” he answerixi in one of the taped interviews “If they claim that the Urnb went off accidentally, and that would have been the only reason for it to go off on the plane. I am implicated in it. Indirectly, I'm responsible for it, because when you trace the whole thing back, if it hadn’t tx'en for me. he wouldn’t have < onstructed It in the fir.st place wouldn’t have gotten on th«’ plane in the second place I’m still of the opinion that the plane — something else hap-peiKd to It. I don’t think the bomb went off ” Test Bomb Built Spears said that Taylor built a test bomb before he constructed the one that was carried aboard the plane SiKars and Taylor detonated the test bomb on a lonely road near Tampa, Spears told me. Spears knows how to construct a tximh He drew a diagram for .me and let me study it But he took the diagram back and put it in his {wkei. His diagram wa'^- so good that I drew it from memory for the FBI and agents said I had drawn a workable bomb. There are some obvious questions “Did Taylor really buik’ the bomb ’ Did he know that the package he carried aboard the plane was a bomb’’ Or did he think the package he carried aboard contained a bomb without a timer?” Further, the authorities have asked themselve this* “What if they had not learned that Taylor was aboard the plane’*' Had they not, Spears might have successfully disap-peartHi and rema inerì in hiding until now. So. how did authorities learn that Taylor was on the plane** This is how As he entered the airport at Tampa that night to get on the plane, Taylor passed one of those insurance \ ending machine. Taylor Bought Insurance He apparently felt in his pocket and found three quarters. He bought a S37 500 policy When this turned up days after See STORY, pg. 4-A, Cols. 4, I REIFF TITULAR HEAD H-SU Trustees Start Search for President Bob Kennedy On Goodwill Trip Abroad Economic Clamp „    .      '    By ROBERT MYERS B.v LANE TALBl R1    week in an attempt to determine    mg a nominating committee    uavait’Iit jap»    Attv n<»n RefM>rter-News Staff Writer the exact nature of the illness    From    thi.s eight - man panel will    RotKrt F Kennedy    flew off to Hardin    • Simmons University    George Graham, executive vice    emerge the final    recommenda-found-the-world. tru.stees    Saturday ••rcgrctluliy;p.r,uk>nt u( H-Sl , wa., nanu^l    dons foi administrator.    goodwill    mis-sion    Saturday smilingi acceiHed    the resignation of Dr,    cluef exeeulne officer for an in    Other members of    the .screening    but    irritated at    getting dumped Evan A. Reiff as president, but lenm p*‘nod while the board    group    are Dr Eiwin Skiles, pas-    mto the ocean from    a    small sail- insisted on retaining the adminis- siKks to find a .succe.^soi for the    tor of    the First Baptist ('hurch in    boat trator as titular head of the Bap- ailing prt,sidenf. Grahara will be Abilene, Dr. U. M. Wiggins ot the, 'phe Kennedy party left Hawaii tisk school until July 1 with “full assisted by members of the ad-'Citizens National Bank in Lub-aboard a Pan Amercan jet liner benefits of his office ’’    mmistrative cabimH    bock,    and Roland House, San    An- The plane was due in Tokyo Sun- Dr, Reiff, who has been hospii-    Trustees apjKwnted    W’ayne Ev-    tonio    attorney.    *day evening. Kennedy is making •lized here since Wednesday with    ans. busine.ss manager of South-    Dr w. B. Irvin of Dallas, chair-    niost    of his trip    by    commercial an undiagnosed illness, was re-    western Baptist Theological Sem-    nian of the board, said    trustees    airlines. lieved of all official resiKinsibili-inary m Fort Worth, to head a hope to find an administrator with* His plane’s* departure was de-j ties in a measure designed by the    -sfXTial four - man committee»    to    these    qualifications    “A Ph.D.    de-jlay^ 29 miuutes because Ken-, board “to safeguard his health"    sc'rten applicants for    the po.st    gree.    some college    administrative oeriy took a swim after lunch and The president’s physician said The greening committee will exixTience. a Southern Baptist    late arriving at Internationali Saturday    night that he had not    narrow down the number of can-    .standing with    the denomi-j    He went swimming nik completed his diagnosrs of Dr. didates. and al a later dale will nation, an acceptable personality,Iwhere his boat over-Reiff's illness. Mrs Reiff .said her    unite with the executne officer.s    be able to speak publicly    and pn-    Friday, husband will be x-rayed nextUf the board of trustee.s in form-    vntely and have a sound    bu.siness    attorney    general,    who    has considerable .sailing Placed on Cuba background.”    consiaeranie    .sailing experience Not    A .Must    around Cape    Cod, .Mass., laughed Asktxl specifically if applicants    incident    in    which    his    10- fool dinghy    capsized in choppy torate is nere.s.sary, Dr. Irvin commented “Neither one of them is a definite must ” “These are the expressetl hO{KS of the board, but we re not setting them up as a definite must, and naturally an individual will N* considered regardless of standards,” the board chairman add-txl R.ARE EVENT - Drawing shows how the earth and its neighboring planet.s will appear in a relatively straight line Monday in their orhit.s around the un The planets, usually spread in random orliital positions in the .solar system, will he lined up in thus manner for the fir.st time since 1821 The moon, between the earth and sun. will produce an eclipse shadow on the earth from Borneo ea.stward to the western coast of the United States. The a.stronomical phenomenon has bt*en interpreted a.s a sign of (toomsday liv astrologers in India, where mass praytTs and near panic prevail in some areas. (.\U Wirephoto) would be chosen from Southern ; Bapdsi ranks and whether a doc.i“^'’ » 'luarter of a mile of shore. IS neee,ssar).    Dr, Irvin    *'enned>, his    wife.    Kthel. and. Mrs. Donald Wilson, wife of the; deputy director of the U S. Information Agency , were thrown into the water “It was nothing,” said the 36-year-old brotlier of President Ken-,ntH*y. "It was nothing to get excited afxHit ” '    But    Kennedy    couldn’t hide lus .. II mild    irnlation    at the    blot on his The s.-re.-n,n* enmm.tlee w.ll    at    the t.ller, b,. ...lerest.si ,n eo.,s„ler,nK Ih.s matter .m.mHhatel> and anyone .ntere,Me<f either ,n b e h a 1 f of    ..    ^ themselves or in someone else    fuss’*’’    ' ean    e.mi«t ,.ny    of    the members    .emark,' lOt the MTeen.na cnnm.lt.^- ! Dr    livin said    the    p..st IS-»ide    Kennedy: oia-n and "e '‘■>nt the best man    „^en    she referred to available    skipper ’ and J.i He invitni suggestiom= from uni-R^„j,eth Galbraith. U.S amba.s- ver ity alumni and others on pos-i^atiy,. to    brought    a big sihle (.andidates to be interviewed    to the attorney general’s for the presidency    by asking about your ship-. Fvans will call s{wial Nes.sions!^fj,^.|^ •• of the newly - orgaïuzcni pam»! at —----- any lime to consider applications. Complete Ban Put on Imports By .lOilN    M, IlliillTOHER    then for    speetfy action to devise W.Ar-JIINGTON AP'—President an antisubversion strategy for Kennedy tighteneti the U S eco- protection of Red-menaced coun-nomic squeeze on Cuba Saturday, tries, particularly those in th* ordering a complete ban on im- Caribbean area, port- of Cut-in pri-ducts The it The b-^n on imports was a ma-tion will cost    Cuba    $35 million a jer biow    to    the Cuban cigar man- year    ufactunng    industry at Tampa. Adimm -tralion officials said ^    ^    uban tobacco ■’on.stituted that the embarri’L effe'tive next    of    mil- ■Wednesday will be a ,evere blow lion of I s purchases from Cuba to the ability of T'rime Miin.der Fidel Castro to export Communist '^hile House press secretary .subversion to ut.hcr Latin Amen- H^orre Salinger said Secretary of ■ an ( ountne    ;U»tior    .Arthur J Goldberg will pro. \ do:*, .nc-.ime la-t year was 'ide all help possible to the “6 <i00 un<i*T $100 million .Ifituil: said, or 7.ooo |XH>ple involved in manu-- ih< new I s aft Mil will reduce^^^^orio» cigars made from Cuban It by Mfietnird th .    ye <r    Ivui \N*' e ilarrpifig tlx* efr'bjrgo on    embargo announctmient imr">rt KenmHlv .,{x liu-.-djv »u-"^‘'^^^oirnally by Salinger -hortly thoi.mi the i.Mitiniitxi .. le of I S “Her noon declared that “On hu-f«>Kl and nuxheiru- to » uba Offi- »T^*“iitaru.n grounds e,xports of f ■ iff    ih.ft    ,:f    line    and    foodsluffik, medicines and felepri.ne -u’Viii to tuba wouldsupplies from the I nittM p,,,    ,    J    States to Cuba would be excepted r..J ^    r,;„,    ofhci.iL    «nfargo." I ' f'ln 'ive f)f -everal tep -.....- .......... K« I - ill lit ale rrt.uA of .State pl.mmng Thoir WEATHER :ni I H.VUK TO J.\IL S Sgt. Willie Ridgeway wa.s "earn era shy” Saturday afternoon when Sheriff J D Woodward, left, escorted him back to the countv jail from the lourtroom in which a jury found the Dvt airman guilty of murder with a motor vthirh fiui recommended a four year prison sentence staff photoi •I' Dr Irvin said Executive officerF <»f the board wlio will join the siTeenifig commutée III nominating a suixt.s >or. are Dr Irvin J C Hunter Ji of .Afiilene and U*roy Jenning-iif Abilene, vice chairmen, and Bill TipiH‘ii secretary Di Irviii .xanl the board did not attempt to esiablish any deadline Jury Recommends 4-Year Prison Term for Airman Me H-.SC. Pg. 4-A, Col. i PLANETS LINING UP Terrified Indians Await Calamities of Doomsday Bx V4ILBERT WItiG.S clost ttxl in deliN^raliun two    and    .guilty v; nlict nortly ai'et enf Reporter-.Sewi    SiaR W riter jone - half Itour iM'fore lex e    -ing    mg deliberation ;    .¡nd f orr ■■‘ e!, S .Sgt Wdhe    Ridgeway was tor th«- night They lesurned    cttn    h was .j rn. fter    of whaf the convicUxf m 42ixl    District Court,sidération of the ca.se at 9    am    O’nn would be Saturday of murder with a motor i Saturday    rhfUad    iy    delif.<    !    ’ Mn w . - vehich- with the juror*' !t<*om-i    Jury    Excused    teirupbJ two tiim wiicri inendalion for a tour - yeai prison! One    of    the    |x.mel,    ques    v\cie    sent    liv    the in N i .i kiiid ot IV. i.ity ,tnd poiitical d ai fuimi the : laiid i;„i wha h all ottici .\m*’.Kan ■ ■ .    new    otíici.iüy    itRard I ■iiimunmí í»c ichhcad in the V n Hcii'ir.phei » be l uoven ineiit itseií * li '• i to h. oUcnglheniiv Oi. »e.*'    '!- .»ir and >ea. na tn»i> ovct tlii International waí» I i .lt>a Ì’ , i.tiii »■tlurir. wi,; Ik m ta week to gut Cali; da ,ii ', Mtl’.“' \llied couiHries, tradmg " iih ut f lo bring thi-ir |X)lu ¡es mt,> a t A (t ÜT..--e ot Lhe l'riiíed Mates .mti olhei .American s^ov ci nrvi I.! : r-'^iHítig ot the Orgaiiizalion o Siiuf. aii States is sel ioi U'.'‘liic-day l’he l nitexi States and V o ah»' iiieiiÓMo-. will pie.ss 1 s Oil'VKTUtM O» WF \llll K HI Kl VI .Hrathrr H*p.    Ï    V> xNI) \1cl\m Kákliui *í» li!.    C.-.i;*nu«si    Uti    ftiwi miW H,*h -iur.i}4> u> -4:-. ¡Di* Sun. I i¿ht * tfi 4, high M<>nd«> ta th« St»K(MiKMMVl ri* XVí. í «if stm >> ,<n .    ntght    l'üdi    i iimdv fíd i. = M. inU> High Sunday îg S.'Ml ¡V, ( ■F V V.S    F    «U a .11 tuiatflft - . U> - iîhl *n.i Migh -ui’lay Tj to tll Hf » Sal p m. Sunday. ■'.r' «s >1 aad Il Mf'l K 3 •< g - g :a- 11.^' «rKUag • m idOM- Jatf iaai year Hl êunrtar iudaji: K..I' . Hum..I .iiS(    a i4 ■ani 6 li at 9 lì tit -, ill VI $«• _•« i ' • ynl si'iitence without any consideration tor su.sptmsion of .simtence The maximum sentence he tiomxi by a newsman after the Judge Black jury wa.s excii.stnl by Judge J K Black, .said principal consitiera- By HENRY S. RHAD.SHER i ” NEW DFIJII. India t.AI*)-L 'niousands of terrified Indians Related story, Pg. 4-A conjuction of Hindu count, after nearly .seven hour.s deldier-! ation, Jurois brought in their fmd-j ing al I 'Mi p.m. Saturday afteri planets—eight byi more than four hours of continual | including the sun destruction and fire Other.s    and    moon and an imaginary    one Bidgt’way, a    39 - yeai * old, •hivered through    a wintry night    said the miMin had taken a favor-    repres«mting the swallowing of    the    airman,    showno emotion under tlie stars Saturdiiy night    able shift.    moon by a seriH*nt    when the v«*rditT was read by itw’aiting doomsday calamities |„ New Deliii, tliousaads of le.si- .Mercury, V'enus, Mars, Jupiler'^^*' ^^»hiain O Beaziey, jury fore-i they feared would tie unleashtxl dents set up huge tents and lightetl and Saturn are all lined up com-i'^*^*’ Ruigt^ay s.wife, prestnU in. by a rare grouping of the planets honfire.s for warmth as they paratively close together with the’H»e courtrtHim. was visibly shaken But as the first day of the three prayetl through tlie night    sun and the moon. The conjiiiic broke into    ! day doomsday    iki'ksI pas.sed    Millions of .suiKistitious Hindus    tiun    will cause an »»clips«* of    the    present    in the courtruoin quietly, an increasing imnitKT ot    still were tearful !>ecause Hie    sun    Monday visible in Hoinisi    and    relatives    of Mrs lmi*gene; •largazws liegan finding miti    danger time    iorecast    by    the    as    out at    sea in    the    I’acifa*    The    Mc.Millon Boozer, the Fort Worthj gating influences in the heavens    tiohigers continues    through    Mon    eclipse    will not    tie    visible    in    the    wuinan Ridgeway is accused ots Some holy men said prayer    day,    I'nited    States    killing in a Nov. 18 highway meetings lietng held through- The astrologers had prtxlicted There was slightly le.ss traffic vrash out the Hindu countries of India great naltiral and maiimade dis-, than usual on New IMlu streets| I'be jury panel meivisl iht •od Nepal had apiieased the gods I asters during the i»enod    the'Saturday.    lease at 9.12 pm. Friday and was One questMm dealt wOh wheU'er ...    J    Í    ,    I.    ,    .u    .4,    'I    mandatory    for    the    lur* e<Hik* have received umler the law*tiun ot the jury wa- on the pn.son    puni-hnunt    in    the    even    u| IS liw s    M-nD-n.-.'    It    w„uld I he jury verdict was i rtui ned hhe s.iid the panel agreed on a    definition    ul ome  ..........   -    law taken fi'oiii the contcxt of Judge Black’s charge Woter District's Authority Upheld NEWS INDEX SECTION A Obiruortei » Oil n«wi , 10 To Your Go4»d Moaltk . !2 SECTION B Bridoc B Amuiementt 8, 9 Businots Ourlook 14 SECTION C Womtn'l newt 11-14 Dyett bix Pogo 8 Edttonois . 12 SECTION D Form nowi ____ 9 Sport! ... ... 1-4 TV log ____ . . . 4 Church nowi . , . . . . . 10 TV Scout ..... . ... 10 Book nowi ...... -----10 ,    .    , I 4    .11    ,    V\est    Central    Tenis In each instance Judge BL» k an.sw»*red that the -mx - man. mx    D‘*tnct    s HUth...n> u- ,on woman panel had to be guidtxi demn land for u.-w at ii liHution ot by the charge as a whole    road- w;*«. uir f» ■ Ftiflav in .ni Immediately allef the veidk't opinion hai.U"' lowu yrii t h »• wa.H r<*ad, H Edward John .MC Court ..i i - il Vpi*’" F-*-t who worktHf with Bill Hutche.MUi in l.iud i-epiesentirig Rid.geway file»! < I’he apix-11 .te t‘"u ■ s or noii up handwritten motion for a new tu . ■ » d.ii d* -.ie« n ivh tii 9i)th trial He also aanouncerl his in Di>tii f t‘.‘•.¡rt at Bit ke iidee teiition lo tile an ameiubnl motion    'a    l ri, ii.i tu in    .*t B!.^(.k- at a later date    bii.iuti' b\ \!.,.iha Johnson told a newsman he fil    ^    '    Hu    ... k -nd    tie¡ riu. t‘ nd ed the mntinn S.iturdav to tainpy    a    i em ..    lexa Mum with the law I'he molion wa- has-    '    tt*.    D..ti '    -oaMruct wl on th»‘ contention that the    Hu    Hubbaid c .vl    md re.servuir in St.-pfie»--' .mu Nhacx iiee JIHV, Pg, 4-.V, tol. 1 elíoíd CouiUies, The disUict Munu ipi! made up ot Arslene Albany \b--on Old Bie.-keniidgt which plan la -.h tie UM* ot the watei im-p»ur.;ie<i bv ihe structure i'ne .banf.'t w.»s createti in l^ u\ 'he '.late leci-.iature a.s a lun-•«['.»non .afxi rtHiair-ation dis tMci Die dam n->w uiuUh con-• ru» t .01 lot itwf as ros« Hub-ba’il c reek • -.hmi di tance trom BrtMkei-'uiite It .tiH imixHimi rkt Son aci e-feet ot u.;ii» : iti 0 wil! com*- from the A.ue hix, 0Í th» Hut*bard and Bn s.u'-iv I let k-. The lake will have I m.i* ri iim d»*pth ot S& ieel and .tii a* .'age def/b of 21 .s' km WAIUH, 1% 4 A. • ;

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