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   Charleston Gazette (Newspaper) - October 9, 1954, Charleston, West Virginia                                Won't Somebody Take Our Dough? Crossword Puzzle in Gazette Saturday Morning, October 9, 1954 PHONO. Wort Dhpkv A4-4465II AO The State You Read or See the Big 3--AP9tNS91JP 16 Gents Local Men Bilked In Housing Killer Says They Wanted Him to Bog Frenzied Boarder Slays Three, Puts 'Voodoo' Money on Bodies NEW YORK, Oct. 8 fren- zied boarder in a cheap East Har- lem tenement today beat to death a child, her grandmother and a young girl. Then he placed money on the bodies as a voodoo-like charm. "They wanted to poison po- lice quoted the killer, whom they identified as Benito Kivera Maldo- nados, 31, a squat, powerfully built Puerto Rican. He also claimed they wanted him to "marry" a dog. THE DEATH weapons were a television set, two metal chairs and other furniture that came to hand. Money was found in the clothes of each of the victims and police said the killer put it there "to ward off evil spirits." Drenched in his victims' blood, the slayer swung a baseball bat at police who closed in on him and shouted at them: "Come and get me. I did it." He was overpowered amid a scene of dreadful carnage. The 'four-room apartment was be- spattered with blood and its fur- niture smashed to bits. Maldonados came here from Pu- erto Rico about 18 months ago. Three months ago he nloved into the a month Tifth floor tene- ment apartment of Mrs. Isabel Ro- driguez. The slaying victims included Mrs. Rodriguez's four year ol daughter, Doris, and the child" grandmother, Mrs. Sotero Torres The third victim, a girl of abou 2, was not identified immediately S50 000 FIRE AT-WfiSTBSVILLE left these scenes of destruction car the Boone County town's main street Upper photo shows the still-smoking debris of three business houses and two residences which were destroyed by flames yesterday morning, tower photo was taken from the street. Story on Page 7. on Griddle Refund Sought By Car Dealer FBI Blames Bank Theft On Student MendesVows He'll Bow Out If Plan He Served as Pallbearer Boy Confesses Double Murder SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 18-year-old youth, who was a pallbearer at her funeral, was taken into custody today in connection with the savage knife slay ings of baby-sitter Lynn Ann Smith and her four-year old boy charge; MRS. RODRIGUEZ walked in on he murder scene. Crazed wit shock at the sight, she tried to hur herself from a window. Three de ectives held her back. A cousin of Mrs. Rodriguez Mrs. Petrolida Valentin, at first .dentified the older of the two chil- dren victims as her daughter, Nil- (Please Turn to Page 8 Col. 8) Dist. Atty. Stephen A. Moynahan said Kenneth Chapin, who lives around the corner from the slain girl, "has given us a statement definitely implicating him" in the! Premier Requests Vote of Confidence _ T be arraigned tomorrow on a mur- On Rearmament Issue charge. Sept. 25 slaying. Moynahan said cian at the U. S. armory in Spring field, was described by his teach ers as an "average student" a Technical High School. Teacher said he has not missed a schoo day since the siayings. the youth will PARIS, Oct. mier Pierre 'Mendes-France Ldemanded tonight that the (French National Assembly agree to the London confer- ence plan for the rearma- Iment of West Germany or MORGANTOWN, Oct. a new government. A Fayette County auto dealer said yesterday that an man identified as a West Virginia invoking his fnii constitutional i _i__'j-j-.j- _ university iresnman was. dj.iesi.eu r e he submitted in a successful bid for sur- plus state motor vehicles should be returned to him. Caught in the middle of another flare-up in the State Purchasing Dept., 3. K. Whitlock of Fayette- ville told The Gazette: "My bid very clearly stated that I would pay more than the highest bidder and that what remained of the should be returned to me." The latest slap at the Pur- chasing Dept. focused on the disposal this week of 29 sur- plus state pick-up trucks and station wagons. Two Charleston area dealers, who Did unsuccessfully for the vehicles, charged yesterday that the state department didnt han- dle- the bidding iairly. MEANWHILE, an obviously flustered state purchasing direc- tor hummed a different tune after ey will be returned or not. It's a question .of law." What law, Mr. Aliff? "1 don't know what the law is." But yesterday morning he was more emphatic. "Whitlock sent in a check for and in cash. Why he did that I don't know, but I took his money and am going to keep it because that's the way the spec- ifications -read." Then Whitlock told The Gazette that his bid of above the high- est bidder" was his real offer, and that he wanted the "extra" back, adding: "Aliff should return my bid and let the other fellow have it if he doesn't want to accept my bid of more." The purchasing director earlier said that "he'll (Whitlock) have insisting thaV he "Would to go. to court to get the money University here today in a bank short- age. Fred Hallford, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Pitts- burgh, said Joseph L. McCort, 25, admitted taking the money from the First National Bank at Point Marion, where Mc- Cort formerly was a teller. The agent said McCort ad- mitted withholding payments received for deposits and forg- ing withdrawal slips. McCort was arrested at his home here on a complaint made by U. S. District Atty. John W. Mcllvaine of Pittsburgh. The FBI said the specific- charge in the warrant involved a false with- drawal slip in the amount of on the account of Mary White. The district attorney declined to discuss the motive for the brutal siayings or details of the alleged statement. He said young Chapin was picked up as the THE YOUTH'S sister, Beverlj vas described as a good friend o ;he slain girl. Friends said the twi girls had planned to attend Em manuel Churc] result of a check" today. Investigators 'house to house said a bayonet together the morning 'ter the p r e g j ft e n Eisenhower to- ragedy. The bodies of Lynn Ann, 14, and Ittle Stephen Goldberg were found was used in the siayings. Young Chapin, son of an electri- powers, the Premier told the As sembly that he is making the nine-nation London agreement an issue of confidence in his gov- ernment. His anouncement came shortly after midight toward the end of a lively Assembly debate on West-, ern defense. The Assembly vote was set for 3 p.m. Tuesday (9 a.m. Man Charged In Kidnaping A Kanawha County man was charged with kidnaping last night an hour after a 3-year-old boy and his 2-year-old sister disap- One Testifies He Recovered Part of Tee' Sen. Capehart Blasts 'Pressure' Upon Panel In FHA Investigation (Special to The Gazette) WASHINGTON, Oct. Two Charleston, W. Va.f businessmen testified today at a Senate housing hearing that they had consulted two Washington men for help in getting government-insured loans on housing projects. The testimony of John H. Hill and R. Emerson Carson, both of Charleston, came after Sen. Cape- lart (R-Ind.) said that "pressure" had been put on him not to in- GOP Needed, Denver Plea Of President Politics to 'Rim Riot' If Democrats Control Congress, He Warns By Melvin L. Arrowsmith DENVER, Oct. 8 vestigate in fees he were paid to the two Washington- ans for feid in securing the loans. "Pressure" on the senator "makes me very suspicions of tbis whole Capehart said. "They can't put pressure on -me and they might as weU know it." Capehart is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, which is concluding a six-month investi- gation of Federal housing prac- tices. The inquiry has resulted in a shakeup of the Federal Housing Administration and several crim- inal cases have resulted from it. CAPEHART SAID the pressure had been exerted in telephone calls within the last 24 hours, but he did not v go into any details. Instead he began digging into the Goldberg apartment by the boy's parents, upon returning from THE FBI SAID McCort told In- keep Whitlock's entire At roughly p. m., Purchas- ing Director J. R. Aliff said: "I don't know whether the mon.- back." N. Martinsville Namedi Chemical Plant Site INSISTING that he always has worked "to get the best for the Aliff stressed that isn't we've done revocable." nothing (Please Turn to Page 8 Col. 1) much of the an amount from the replace the pery Premier he will automatical- MENDES-FRANCE was the front porch of into placing the decision on a of confidence basis when the trendj of a two-day debate disclosed he would otherwise have a difficult time in getting the sizeable major- ity required. If the vote goes against the pep- The children were found un- harmed in a car driven by George Myers, 34, of Baker's Fork. State Troopers J. A. Woodley and Harry Graves had received ly be out of office and France will be plunged into a severe political no report about the children when they arrested Myers for drunk crisis. See Photos on page 8 Mendes-France called for ap- prove! of the rearmament plan White account to replace the with no string attached after a Christmas savings. 1 move developed m the Assembly McCart formerly lived at Point to of a Ger- a movie. Lynn Ann, stabbed 34 times and her neck broken, was found in a pool of blood in the apartment hallway. Her bruised wrists indi- cated she had struggled with her slayer. She was not attacked sex- ually. Little Stephen, son of a well-to- do wholesale meat dealer, was slashed to death in his bed, pos- sibly while he slept. His body bore 24 stab wounds and his skull had been fractured. In another room Robert Gold- berg, 6, brother of Stephen, lay unharmed in his bed. Apparently (Please Turn to Page 8 Col. 7) Today's Definition Evolution A theory which, if its works, produce a pedestrian night made another fighting appeal for election of a Re- publican Congress and envi- sioned "a cold war of parti- san politics" running riot if the Democrats recaptured control of the legislative branch. Addressing a nationwide televi- sion-radio audience and an ap- proval-howling capacity crowd of at a GOP rally in Denver's the question of the fees, which he reported were paid by a dozen dif- ferent firms to Richard McCor- mack and Marshall Diggs. Diggs, identifying himself as a lawyer, testified that McCormack had brought him 12 clients in- terested in defense housing proj- ects under the Wherry Act. Each, of these clients paid him a fee, he said, adding that will Marion, a few miles across the state line from Morgantown, and enrolled at the university here this fall, the FBI said. He is mar- (Please Turn to Page 8 Col. 1) man general rtaff. His demand was pegged to a Radical-Socialist (moderate) party motion expressing confidence in (Please Turn to Page 8 Col. 2) Note-Writer Falls to Appear for the first full scale production plant in America for the manu- facture of isocyanate chemicals. The Mobay Chemical Co. of St. Louis said construction of the plant on a site seven miles north of New Martinsville, W. Va., on the Ohio River would be started in about one month. Production is ex- pected in 12 or 15 months. The Mobay concern is owned by the Monsanto Chemical Co. and Farbenfabriken Bayer A. G. of Germany. Inside Today Amusements Page 11 Detectives Attend Wedding of City Girl To Prevent Attack by Mysterious Admirer By James A. Haught (Staff Writer for The Gazette) None of the guests knew it, but when an attractive South Charles- Charleston Police Department, un- County obtrusively stood guard at the church, but the wedding was per- formed without incident. The anonymous letter-writer can jump a three who ways at once. See Editorial on Page 4. Municipal Auditorium, the Presi- dent declared the nation could wind up only "in the ditch" with a Republican driver in the White House and Democrats steering Congress. The chief executive said Ameri- can voters "got results" they wanted by electing a Republican President and a GOP-Ied Con- please Turn to Page 8 Col. 7) lone was returned entirely but that he paid McCormack 50 per cent of the others, or a total of Committee Counsel William Si- mon asked him whether he knew any reason for McCormack's term- ing this a loan, "other than he had not included" the money on bis income tax return. "No, Diggs replied. Hill and Carson told the investi- driving. But Myers was unable to tell him the names of the two chil- dren who were in the car with him. "They were at a house I was visiting and I decided to take them for a he told police. Meanwhile, Charleston officers (Please Turn to Page 8 Col. 5) gating group that they had con- sulted with McCormack and Diggs about one defense housing job. CAPEHAET INQUIRED of Hill, a partner in Kenhill Construction Co. of Charleston, whether Mc- Cormack had told him that Diggs (Please Turn to Page 8 Col. 2) 6To Get a Few Negro Votes9 Rental Results Better With Gazette Want Ads It's definitely a fact that Gazette rental ads bring the fastest rent- al results in town! 35 WANTED COTTAGE FIVE room cottage. Phone RI 0-0000. Riverside Drive. RENTED FIRST DAY 'Political Reasons9 Behind 'Wicked Racketeer' Charge, Starks Says The bride, a Carbide secretary who received worth of roses and an anonymous coded love AstSrcarFoVecast '.V.'.V.V... 6J note two months Jiadje- Bob Considine Comic Pages Crossword Puzzle 6 Editorials, Columns.......---- 4 Gazette Want Ads..........12-15 Inez Robb 4 Market Reports 6 Obituary, Funerals........... 8 Radio-Television.............. 11 ton girl was married in a Charles- either failed to appear or did- ton church last night, two plain- n't reveal nis presence, clothes detectives quietly stood guard against a possible attack by a jealousy-crazed secret admirer. 3i ceived additional threatening messages from the unknown flower-sender. Fearing a possible show of vio- -LJ-i Sports Pages............... 9, lOIHager and Mayford Haynes lence at the wedding, the girl and her fiarlce arranged for two Charleston detectives to be pres- ent at the ceremony. The officers, Detective Kenneth of THE STRANGE CASE began Aug. 21 when the dark- haired and strikingly attractive a gift of worth of roses from an unknown sender. Accompanying the flowers was a brief message written in. a strange symbol code. The girl consulted her fiance, friends, and the florist from whom the flowers had been purchased, but was unable to learn the iden- tity of the sender. Finally, a Gazette reporter consulted volumes on codes at brary and found the message was written in a substitution code known as the Masonic Cipher. Decoded, it read: "With this purchase, I'm just trying to make things that's all. I love you. All copy- rights reserved." A Charleston psychiatrist, told of the strange incident, said the flow- er-sender probably was mentally ill Benjamin Starks Jr. yesterday said political reasons were behind i Mayor Copenhaver's characteriz-1 ing him as "as of the most wicked racketeers Charleston has to deal with today." "I'm an honest the 34-year-old resident of the West Side added, "and I'm not go- ing to be crucified or intimidated." _______________Starks said he was a life-long woujd remain one. Sioo. Re erenc__._ is doing this to get RENTED SECOND DAY la few Negro- votes in the First ST. ALB. Riverbcnd Adtln. 4 rms., utll. R. Lg. yard, S50._RI_0-0000. bath RENTED FIRST DAY Camden Drive. 0-0000. hill. Rear RENTED FIRST DAY FIVE room cottage. South Charleston. S50. RI 0-0000. Second Avenue, He said the details of the case would indicate the man was a "schizoid personality with sexual! and said he might be' dangerous. THE INCIDENT was reported to South Charleston police, but sev- (Please Turn to Page 8 Col. 6) Don't sacrifice words for results remember, better written ads bring faster results! GAZETTE MCTJON Want Ads DM 64611 he declared. Convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Starks de- fended the parole board for re- leasing him after he had served only 83 days of a 12-months sen- tence. In 1952, Starks was found guilty of employing a 16-year-old girl as a bartender in an establishment he operated. "WHEN I HIRED that girl in 1951, she had a three-year-old baby and she said she was 20 yeai-s old. I referred her to the Bureau of Negro Welfare because I was suspicious of her age. "She told them she was 20. The girl was poverty stricken; she had no clothes; no milk for Benjamin Starks Jr. her baby and no place to stay. I hired her, with her. father's permission, and he was one of my most important witnesses. "The Bureau of Negro Welfare recommended my parole and knows that 1 tried to get the girl on welfare and was unable to do so. 'I happen to be a native West Virginian, attended public schools and West Virginia State College. was graduated from Blackstone College of Law (a correspondence school) and know right from wrong. I am no gangster." The mayor lashed Starks after a delegation living in the Third See Editorial on Page 4. Ave.-Bream St. area, where Stark operates a restaurant called o'n him to complain of alleged illegal activity. COPENHAVER SAID Starks' conduct had made the neighbor- hood almost unbearable and prom- ised to use "the whole police force, if necessary" to bring them relief. In an "open letter to Copen- Starks said the Negro's real problem in the Kanawha (Please Turn to Page 8 CM. W   

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