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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1962, Abilene, Texas                               Cfje SUNDAY "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT tTK xu oo BIST YEAR, NO. 232 ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 4, PAGES Aitociated Preu CONFESSION OF A CONVICT Spears Says Bomb on Downed Plane OFFICERS REVIEW DUTIES 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 presi- dent who was appointed interim administrator while the board seeks a successor to Dr. Evan A. Rciff. (Staff photo) REIFF TITULAR HEAD By EDMUND A. BARKER for Ihc Associated Press) I DALLAS API A convict (old line he believes a bomb undoubted- ly was aboard (he National Air- lines plane thai vanished into Ihe ;Gulf of Mexico wilh 42 persons j aboard. Nov. 16, 1950. Robert Vornon Spears, now in jAlcatra7. says he watched a con- federate walk into the airline terminal at Tampa, Fla.. with a packaged bomb under his arm and head for the doomed airliner. These arc the grim facts out- lined Saturday night on my KRLD neus broadcast and in a copy- righted slory in the Dallas Times Herald. Allen Taylor, an old prison crony of Spears, got on Ihe in Spears' place, using Spears' ticket and rode to an ocean grave, my toped interviews wilh Spears, now in the files of the FBI. indicate. Parts of 10 bodies and bits of aircraft were recovered from the Gulf's brooding waters, but a tre- mendous search yielded nothing imore. Spears, a Dallas naluropath, who had insured his life for 000, disappeared after Ihe tragedy. Since his name was on the pas- senger list and he had actually validated ills own ticket, it was old Tampa, Kla.. lire salesman, made (he bomb for him at his re- quest. Spears explained to me that he needed a bomb to "take the door of Taylor got out of the car withl "They are Ihe same now ihe FBI and agents said 1 had the stiilcase and tucked the pack--they have been all the he [drawn a workable bomb, age under an arm. Ilr walked janswered in one of the taped in-j There are some obvious ques- of a woman witness who intended to testify against him In an ahor- problimed he perished along with lion trial at Los Angeles. 41 others. Insurance companiesj He and Taylor were to meet in were preparing to pay the claims when FDI agents cornered Spears at a Phoenix, Ariz., motel Janu- ary 20, 1900. He whipped a bollle of from his pocket bul an agent caught the hand before thc bottle reached Spears' lips. There was enough cyanide to kill 300 men, experts said. Spears is in Alcatraz prison. Dallas, he siiid, nnd go on lo ihe West Const. Taylor had intruded to drive his car to Dallas bin he was suffer- ing from a sore nock and shoulder, and wanted lo ride on the connect lo Ihc Spears claimed. So it was me. and bended for the plaiii airport ilerviews. "If they claim that "Did Taylor really builc1 went off accidentally, nnd Did he know that the pack- had come from Miami and was that would have been the nnly'ngc he carried aboard the plane scheduled to fly to New Orleans. .reason for it to no off on the; was a bomb? Or did he think the Dalla.i and I.os Angeles. i plane, I am implicated in it. In- package he carried aboard con- It was National Airlines Flight I'm responsible for il.jiaincd a bomb without a 967, being operated with Delia Air. because when you trace the whole ,hc authorities have lines equipment on an interchange; (bins hack, if it hadn't been [he'mselves (njs. arrangement. :me. ho wouldn't have lonstrucied" ..whal jf nari not Taylor had a Iwo hour limenil in Ihc first place: wouldn't 'was aboan bomb. Stars' go'.lcn on the plane in the .s place. I'm still of the opinion that learned the Ihal Taylor would fly from Tampa j 1'lane Disappeared ihe plane something else hap-. to Dallas and thai Spears would i The plane look off from Tampa pciied lo it. I don't think Ihe bomb1 drive Taylor's car to Dallas. ial a. in. Kaslcrn nff ironically serving time for steal- Spears said (his is whal hap-'Time Nov. 16, disappeared ing Taylor's car It is his ninth term in prison. He has been ar- resled 28 limes, on charges rang- ing from armed robbery to abor- tion. I have interviewed him many times, for a total of more than 60 j hours. He is the toughest man I ever knew, with cold, hard eyes and an evil leer. He now is eligible for parole. pened: Test Bomb Built the radar scope at the New! Spears said that Taylor buili a The (wo drove lo the Tampa Orleans Air Traffic Control Con- test bomb before he coiisiructed airport shortly before midnight on November 15. 1KW. Validated Ticket Spears went into the airport and validated the ticket. Then he came out and gave the ticket lo Taylor. Taylor had a small suitcase that could be carried mi Ihe plane. The bomb was in a rectangular pack-j Spears said Taylor, a 61-year-lagc on the back seal of the ear.'it 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 vending ma- chines. Taylor Hnughl Insurance Spears knows how to construct; H npparenliy ,cU in his a n bomb. He drew a diagram for am) fmnd ,hrce quarters. He me and let me study it. But hej, a policy. took tlie diagram hack and put it! W1lcn Wrned j, d af, What are your thougnls about in his His diagram was so tor exactly one hour and 2ii min- the one thai was carried aboard utes later. the plane. Spears and Taylor clet- II went inlo the Gulf lOfl miles omited the test bomb on a lonely southeast of New Orleans and 1C9 road near Tampa. Spears I old me. miles southwest of Mobile. I said lo Spears: "This very tragic thing, isn't it'.'" He replied: "Terrible thing." good (hat I drew it from memory .See STORY, pg. 4-A, Cols. 4, H-SU Trustees Start Search for President By LANE TALBURT Staff Writer Hardui Simmons University trustees Saturday "regretfully" accepted the resignation of Dr. Evan A. Reiff' as president, but insisted on retaining the adminis- trator as titular head of Ihe Bap- list school until July 1 with "full benefits of his office." Dr. Reiff, who has been hospit- alized here since Wednesday wilh undiagnoscd illness, was re- lieved of all official responsibili- ties in a measure designed by Ihe board "to safeguard his heallh." The president's physician said Saturday night Ihal he had not completed his diagnosis of Dr. week in an attempt to determine i ing a nominating committee, the exact nalure of the illness. JFrom (his eight man panel will George Graham, executive vicejemerge Ihe final recommenda- president of II-SU, was named i lions for administrator, chief executive officer for an in-j terim period while the board seeks to find a successor for Ihe ailing president. Graham will be assislcd by members of the ad- ministralive cabinet. Bob Kennedy On Goodwill Trip Abroad By ROBERT MYERS HONOLULU (API Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy flew off In Tokyo on his round-the-world goodwill mission Saturday smiling Other members of the screeningibut irritated at getting dumped group are Dr. Elwin Skiles. the ocean from a small sail- tor of the First Baptist Church in boat. Abilene; Dr. D. M. Wiggins of the Citizens National Bank in Lub- bock. and Roland House, San An. Trustees appointed Wayne -Ev-ilonio attorney, ans, business manager of. South-; rjr. B. Irvin of Dallas, chair- western Baptist Theological of the board said trustees airlines. inary in Fort Worth, to head a special four man committee to screen applicants for the post. The screening committee will narrow down Ihc number of can- didates, and at a later date hope to find an administrator with these qualifications: "A Ph.D. de- gree, some college administrative experience, a Southern Baptist in good standing with Ihe denomi- nalion, an acceptable personality, The Kennedy party left Hawaii aboard a Pan Amercan jet liner. The plane was due in Tokyo Sun- day evening. Kennedy is making most of his Irip' by commercial Economic Clamp Placed on Cuba His planeV departure was de- layed 28 minutes because Ken- nedy took a swim after lunch and was late arriving at International Airport. He went swimming not far from where his boat over- turned Friday. Reiff's illness. Mrs. Reiff said her unite wilh the executive officers! lo speak publicly and pri- husband will be x-rayed nexl'of Ihe board of trustees in anj nflve a sound business! attorney general, who has background" Considerable sailing experience around Cape Cod, Mass., laughed Not A Musi Asked specifically if applicants would be chosen from Southern Baptist ranks and whether a doc- lorale is necessary. Dr. Irvin commented "Neither one of them is a definite must." "These are Ihe expressed hopes of (he board, bul we're not set- ,ling them up as a definite musl, 'and naturally an individual will considered regardless of stand- the board chairman add- ed. screening committee will be interested in considering this RARE EVENT Drawing shows how the earth and its neighboring planets will appear in a relatively straight line Monday in their orbits around the sun. The planets, usually spread in random orbital posi- tions in the solar system, will be lined up in this man- ner for the first time since 1821. The moon, between the earth and sun, will produce an eclipse shadow on the earth from Borneo eastward to the western coast of the United States. The astronomical phenomenon has been interpreted as a sign of doomsday by astrolo- gers in India, where mass prayers and near panic prevail in some areas. (AP Wircpholo) PLANETS LINING UP matter immediately, and interested either in behalf of: themselves or in someone else can contact any of the members of the screening committee." Dr. Irvin said (he post is "wide open, and we wanl Ihe best man available." Me invited suggestions from uni- versity alumni and others on pos- sible candidates to be interviewed for Ihc presidency. Evans will call special sessions of the newly organized paivcl at any time to consider applications, Dr. Irvin said. I'Acrnlive officers of the board, who will join the screening com- miltee in nominating a succes- sor, are Dr. Irvin: .1. C. tinnier Jr. (if Abilene and Ixroy Jennings of Abilene, vice chairmen, and! Bill secretary. Dr. Irvin said (he board did noli atlcmpt lo establish any deadline) Sec H-.SU, 1'g. 4-A, Col. J off the incident in which his 10- foot dinghy capsized in choppy seas a quarter of a mile offshore. Kennedy, his wife, Ethel, and Mrs. Donald Wilson, wife of the deputy director of (he U.S. Infor- mation Agency, were thrown into Ihe walcr. I "It was said the 36-! year-old brother of President Ken-j ncdy. "11 was nothing lo get e.x- ciled about." But Kennedy couldn't hide his mild irritation at the blot on his seamanship. He was al Ihe tiller {and was turning the craft into the when it tipped over. "We didn't drown." he said, "so what's all the Except for (hat brief remark, Kennedy made light of the cap- sizing. He and Klhel Kennedy chuckled when she referred him as "Ihe skipper." and Complete Ban Put on Imports By JOHN M. 11IGHTOWER j WASHINGTON 'API-President i Kennedy tightened the U.S. eco- nomic squeeze on Cuba Saturday, ordering a complete ban on im- then for speedy action lo an antisubversion strategy for protection of Red-menaced coun- tries, particularly (hose in the Caribbean area. i ports of Cuban products. The ac-j The ban on imporls was a ma- (tiun will cost Cuba S35 million aijor biow to the Cuban cigar man- iyoar. .nfacturing industry at Tampa, Administration officials said Cuban tobacco constituted Ihe embargo, effective tcnl of (ne mil- Wednesday, will be a severe blow of U.S. purchases from Cuba I to the ability of Prime Minister 'Fidel Castro lo export Communist last year. White House press secretary subversion lo other Latin-Ameri-iPieri'c Salinger said Secretary of I-abor Arthur J. Goldberg will pro- vide all help possible to the factoring cigars made from Cuban The embargo announcement Kenneth Galbraith, U.S. ambas- sador to India, brought a big smile lo the attorney general's face by asking about "your ship- wreck." BACK TO JAIL S.Sgl. Willie Ridgeway was "cam- era shy" Saturday afternoon when Sheriff J. D. Woodward, left, escorted him back to the county jail from the courtroom in which a jury found the Dycss airman guilty of murder with a motor vehicle 'anil recommended a four-year prison sentence. (Staff photo) Jury Recommends 4-Year Prison Term for Airman cnn countries. His dollar iiKomc last year was Hinder S100 million, officials said.j0'' 7'00c People involved in rnanu- iso the new L'.S. aclion will reduce 'it by one-third Ihis yc.'ir. While clamping the embargo on! imports, Kennedy specifically formally by Salinger shortly Ihe continued sale of declared that "On hu- fowl and medicine lo Cuba. exports of cials alsi. that airline arsdimlam foodstuffs, medicines and telephone service lo Cuba supplies from the United inn' lie affected States lo Cuba would be excepled The 'trade embargo, lhis embargo." sairi. is (inly one of several steps Kennedy and Secretary of St.ile Dean Husk arc planning. Their i aim is lo fasten ci kind of eco-i rximic. military and political si: around the islar.d nitmiry ;il! other American; miverrinienls now officially s'1 WEATHER i1 s. nKPAET.MENT OF COMMEHCK HKVtllKR Bl'RKAl' (Weather 2-A) sia- Mondo- in Ihe ;is .1 Communist Ije.'idihead in U ,mi I NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS Fair Sun- Herein Memispni'lC. SjnJ.u nichl. Partly clniKly and i The I'S sou'! nmenl itself Ui be strengthening v :mil eMending its air and sea pn-jr' trcls over Ihc international waters ainund Cuba. Sa Diplomatic efforts tie un-. ncxl week lo gel Canada- ar.d nlhor Allied countries trading with I'ulia to bring their policies; ir.to with of the United' Slates and iither American guv- Moiidiy.' Hl'sh Sunday 71 TF.XAS Fair Sunday. Ih S'jr.tlay nlKhl [1.1 llLJh rf.n 4.00 5.00 :uldci Indians Await Calamities of Doomsday By HENRY S. BRAIXSHFR NEW DELHI, India Thouiands of terrified Indians through a wintry niRtit under the stars Saturday night doomsday calninitics (eared would be unleashed by rare grouping of the planrls Relatrd stnry, Pg. of destruction and fire. (Xlicrs snid the moon had (aken a favor- ahlo shift. In New Delhi, thousands of resi- dents set up huge Icnls and lighted bonfires for warmlh as they But ax the first day of the three-Sprayed through the night. Iconjuclion of hy Hindu count, including the nnd moon and in imaginary one representing the swallowing of the moon by a serpent. Mercury, Venus. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are nil lined up com- paratively close logether wilh the isun mid Ihc moon. The cnnjunc- doomsday period pnsscdi' Millions of stipcrstilious Hindus lion will cause an eclipse of the quietly, an increasing niimlwr were fcnrful Iwcansc Monday, visible in Borneo am: itargazers hegnn finding mili-jdnnRcr time forccasl by thc as-iout at sen in Ihc Pacific. The fating Influences in Ihc heavens.Itrokigors continues through Mon- Serne holy men snld prayer day. meetings being .held through-. The astrologers had predicted Hlnrta countries of lndiiilRre.nl nalural and mamvuKte dis- bud appeased the iodslaiteri during the period at the Hj' W1I.BKRT Reporter-News .Slaff Writer S. Sgl. Willie Ridgewny was conviclcd in 42iid Dislricl Court Saturday of murder with a motor vehicle with the jurors' rceom- mcndalion for a four year prison sentence without any cotisidcra lion for suspension of sentence. The maximum sentence he cmili! have received under the law is five years. The jury verdict was returned after nearly seven hours' dclilwr- alion. Jurors brought in their find- ing at p.m. Saturday after more than four hours of continual deliberation. Ridgeway, n 39 year old Negro nirrnnn, showed no emotion when Ihe verdict was re.Td by Dr. William 0. Benzlcy, jury fore man. Ridgewny's.wifc, present in the cmiriroom. was visibly shaken and broke into tears. Also present in the courlroom in deliberation two and verdict shortly after enier-'''nnl''nls- one half hours before deliberations, and from then on. A meeting of the Organization IlK.I .l-.l In- for the night. They resumed eon-iii was a matter of what the sideralion of the case at 9 a.m.Hence would be. Saturday. Saturday's was in-i Jury Esciisecl tcrrnp'cd two limes when One member of the panel, wcie sent by Ihe jury lo; tioncd by a newsman after Black i jury was excused by Judge J R.j Onc tjon h h Black, snid principal considcra-1 oi American Stales is .Wwlnc.Nilay. The United S other members 6rt for Males .11. m press Ivr f.-.dinj I lA.-nr dale last 59 (hi: E.14; lunriie today: i 9 p n 8 17. prr lion of the jury was on the prison R WM m.imlaloly for the to set punishmenl in the evcr.i sen enee it would rccommcnil. a Thc uas She soid the panel agreed on Ol, definilion o! sonic NEWS INDEX laken from the context {.ludgc Black's charge. of! I Water District's Authority Upheld were relatives of Mrs. Imogcnc Eiitorioli McMillon fJoozcr, the Kort Worth woman Ridgcway is accused of killing in n Nov. 18 highway SECTION A Obltuorlii Oil news To Your GtHxJ Health SECTION 8 Amuicments iuiincn Outlook StCTION C Womtn'i newt PU Poo. Central Texas Municipal: (istricl's aulhority lo con-! woman pnnel had lo be guidedidcmn land tor use in relocation .JO by Ihe charge as a whole. roads was upheld Kridny in an. j Immedinlely aftei' fhe verdicqopinion handed down from the' was read, li. Edward Johnson'Comt of Civil who worked with Bill Hutcheson in'land a I, 9 14 eclipse will not bo visible in Ihe United States. Them was slightly less traffic than usual on New Delhi streets The Jury panel received crnsli. Saturday, lease at p.m. Friday and wai 11-14 8 ...12 StCTION 0 ftrm newi 9 ................1-4 TV 4 Cfcurch ntws 10 TV ..............10 MW..............10 ade up of Abilene. Albany. An- m and Brcckenridge. plan share use of the water im- Hinded by the structure. The district wns created in 1055 by the state legislature as a con- Appeals in rcciamation dis- trict. Thc dam. now under con- reprcsenling Ridgeway, filed Tlw appellate court's opinion up- is located across Hub- handwritten motion for a new' held a similar decree in short distance from (rial. He also announced his in-iOislric-l Court at Tlic Rrrck-i r_ Icnlinn to file an nmended motion It will impound ncre-fcct at a later date. eiiridgi- brought by Marlhaiof watl.r lliat wiM romc lhc Johnson told a newsman he lluliock and her of thc jiubbard and ed Ihe motion Saturday to comply! N'osl Onlral Texas Muni- s.indy Creeks. Thc lake will wilh the taw The motion was has- cilml Walor District is n maximum depth of 55 tiu, ing the Mubbard Creek Dam mid i am, an M.mRC of ,t reservoir in Stephens and .Shack- clford Counties. Tho district it SM WATUl, I'J. i-A. I ed the contention thai Bet JURY, 4-A, Col. 1   

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