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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta PARTLY Cinilnv HIGH FORECAST FRIDAY 75-80. The Lcthbritigc Herald VOL. LXV No. 174 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JULY 6, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES Profit motive main aim of air pirates By THE CANADIAN PRESS Since last fall when (he man known as D. B. Cooper made world headlines when lie hailed out ol a North- west Airlines jeL, taking with him in ransom money, there have been 16 other aerial hijackings in which the profit motive was the dominant one. Cooper, to use the name listed in airlines records, bailed out somewhere between Seattle, Wash., and Reno, Nev., on the eve ol the U.S. Thanksgiving Day _ Nov 24 and hasn't been seen since. Most of the subsequent air pirates haven't been so lucky. Five of those who tried to emulate Cooper are dead including the two men who were killed by FBI agents in San Francisco Wednesday night. In tin; bloody exchange of gunfire between, the FBI agents and the hijackers, a Canadian passenger was killed. He was identified as retired CNR conductor H. Stanley Carter, CO, of Que., who was on his way to San Diego with his wife to pick a retirement spot. Mrs. Carter was unhurt. The dead hijackers were identified as Dimitr Alex- lev, 28, of Haywood, Calif., and Michael Asmanoff, 28, no address. Ten of the ransom attempts ended with the hijack- ers either surrendering or being hunted down and ar- rested. One hijacker killed himself. Actually, the spate il ransom hijackings started belore anyone heard ol D. B. Cooper. Paul Joseph Cini. 27, of Calgary, took over an Air Canada DC-3 bound for Toronto from Vancouver on Nov. 12, 1971, 12 days before Cooper's flight He de- manded and got in rajisom and a parachute, but was overpowered when he attempted to strap il on. Then, on Dec. 24 at Chicago's O'Hara International Airport, a man identified as Everett L. Holt of Indian- apolis was arrested after a five-hour confrontation during which he threatened to blow up a Airlines 707 unless he was given He turrend- ered after a hostage escaped. Situation ivorsens Things began In worsen in 1972. Hero In chronolog- ical order are the 1972 ransom hijackings leading up to Wednscday night's bloody Shootout in San Fran- Cisco: Jan. 12 A man identified as Billy E. Hurst, hijacked a Brnniff Boeing 727 enroute from Houston to Minneapolis, forced it to land at Dallas and de- manded million and a parachute. He surrendered. Jan. 20 A lone skyjacker parachuted from a Hughes Airwest DC-9 over Colorado with ran- som he demanded after hijacking the plane at Las Vegas. The man, identified as John Shane, was cap- tured witliin hours. Jan. 27 Heinrick von George, 45, collected 000 ransom and two parachutes after hijacking a Mohawk Airlines flight in upstate New York, He was killed by FBI agents at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Jan. 29 A TWA flight originating in Los Angeles 93 passengers was hijacked over Iowa by a gun- rnan who demanded ransom and forced the plane to land at Kennedy International Airport. An FBI agent posing as a crew member shot and injured the man, identified as Garrett Trapnell, 33. Feb. 22 Three Arabs hijacked a Lufthansa jet- liner carrying 175 passengers on a flight from New Dellii to Athens and forced it to land at Aden. The plane and passengers were released after the Bonn government paid million ransom. April 7 A man identified as Richard Floyd McCoy Jr., 29, parachuted with ransom over Provo, Utah, after commandeering a United Air Lines plane near Denver. McCoy was arrested at his home in Salt Lake City two days later. April 9 A skyjacker took over a Pacific South- west Airlines jet carrying 92 persons from Oakland to San Diego, demanding ransom. The plane landed in San Diego and the man, identified as Stan- ley Peck, surrendered. April 17 A hijacker demanding ransom and a trip to Ihe Bahamas seized a Delta Air Lines jet over Florida, but was captured without incident less than an hour after the plane touched down in Chicago, its original destination. May 6 Furnished with six parachutes and 000 ransom, a skyjacker of an Eastern Air Lines 727 bailed out over Britisli Honduras and vanished with- out a trace. One month laler, Frederick W. Hahnne- mann surrendered to U.S. authorities in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and said he was the man who comandeered the plane over Pennsylvania. He did not have the money. May 23 Ecuadorian .soldiers burst into a hijacked airliner in Quito and killed a skyjacker who had de- manded and a parachute. The man took over Ihe turboprop aft' r takeoff from Quito end ordered it to return. May 30 A gunman hijacked a Varig Airlines jet near SM Paulo, Brazil, forced it to land there and released 00 passengers after receiving ransom. Minnies laler, he killed himself with hu own gim RS Brazilian troops rushed the plane. June 2 A self-described Black Panther and his blonde girl-friend hijacked a Western Airlines jet en route to Seattle, and after slops in Seattle, San Fran- cisco and New York, arrived in Algiers with ransom mid requested political asylum. Algerian, of- ficials relumed the ransom. Juno 2 Wearing n pillow case to disguise his identity, n lone gunman hijacked n United Air Lines jetliner in Reno, collected rnnsom and order- ed the plane airborne; ho excaped by parachute. Starch parlies nrrcslod Ross D. Heady, 22, of Hcno, a shorl lime later nr.d charged him with the skyjack- ing. Canadian passenger also killed Airliner hijackers killed in gun battle with FBI SAN FRANCISCO (CP1 "We wanted to stop the hijack- ing and stop it we said the FBI agent in charge, describing how authorities stormed a pirat- ed aircraft and killed two hi- jackers in a gun battle that also took the life of a retired Cana- dian railroader who was looking for the "perfect spot" to settle in California with his wife. Otficials said shots fired by one of the hijackers killed re- tired CNR conductor Stanley Carter, 66, of the Montreal sub- urb of Longueuil and wounded two others after federal agents charged aboard an interstate Pacific Southwest Airline Boeing 737 taken over by two hi- jackers for six hours Wednes- day. The shoolout took place while 81 passengers were still aboard the plane. "Certainly we're not pleased that three passengers were said Robert Geb- hardt, FBI special agent in charge. He made the comment before learning that Carter had died. he said In response to a reporter's question, "some- body had to make a decision." Three FBI men who had sneaked up under the fuselage of the plane rushed aboard after the hijackers refused to release the passengers, Gebhardt said. The slain hijackers had de- manded two parachutes, oon and passage to Siberia short- ly after taking the plane over in the air, officials said. Gebhardt said the FBI men moved in on the plane only after the hijackers refused to release the passengers until the ransom was handed over. In San Diego, airlines Presi- dent J. Floyd Andrews said: "The FBI took this out of our hands and directed the action. They stormed the aircraft and in the ensuing melee the hijack- ers were shot and the passen- gers injured." At the time An- drews did not know Uiat Carter had died. The wounded passengers, re- ported in fair condition in hospi- tal, were Victor E2n Yung, 53, a Universal City, Cdif., actor who plays the Chinese cook in the TV series Bonanza, and Leo Gormley, 46, of Van Nuys. Calif. The dead hijackers were iden- tified by cards from their pock- els as Dimitr Alexiev, 28, of Hayward, Calif., and Michael Azmanoff, 28, of San Francisco. involve maSEwoo rmco ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) Former premier Joseph Small- wood was named by a royal commission Wednesday as one of three shareholders in a com- pany that owned buildings rented to the provincial liquor commission and that bought shares in British Newfoundland Corp. at a time when Mr. Smallwood's Liberal govern- m e n t was negotiating with Brinco. Mr. Smallwood, in a telephone Interview from London, immedi- ately denied having done any- thing improper. But the com- mission said the former New- foundland premier was the third hidden shareholder in the com- pany, knew he was a share- holder and was aware of at least some o[ the company's dealings. The royal commission report, tabled in the legislature by Pre- mier Frank Moores, said the seven buildings rented by the liquor commission from Bank- ers Trust Co, actually were owned by Investment Develo- pers a company owned equally by Mr. Smallwood, Ar- HIJACK VICTIM E. H. Stanley Carter, 64, of Longueuil, Que. was killed Wednes- day during a Shootout between FBI and two nrmed hijackers who commandeered a Pa- cific Southwest Airlines plane in San Francisco. He is shown here wifh his wife on Aug. 11, 1970 when he made Ihe last run on the CNR Montreal-Toronto as a conductor. He started with Grand Trunk Railways when he was 16 in 1911. (Cp Wirephoto) Protestants ivant concession for ceasefire co-operation BELFAST (AP) Militant Protestants today were demand- ing another concession from the British government in exchange for two weeks of co-operation in the ceasefire in Northern Ire- land. The paramilitary Ulsler De- fence Association said it would barricade another Protestant section this weekend but after that would "grai.l M davs of peace and grace" to allow Brit- ish forces ''lo deal with the de- teriorating position." Britain's administrator for Northern Ireland, William Whi- lelaw, had warned lhat no more such no-g-i areas would be toler- ated. The UDA in effect was telling him he had to back down or face the possibility of an armed challenge to the army. The UDA, which claims it can bring thousands of armed fight- ers into the streets, also said that during their two -w e e k "peace and grace" period, their men would be "standing in full strength to protect any area" during the processions July 12 of the Protestant Orange Order. Doukliobor leader warns law-breaking sect members o VANCOUVER (CP) John Verigin, leader of British Col- umbia's orthodox Doukho- bors, said Wednesday thai Sons of Freedom Doukhobors who continue to break the law should be examined for mental illness or declared habitual criminals and removed from society. Mr. Verigin said in a tele- phone interview from his Grand Forks, B.C. home that it is limo the provincial govcrnmenl re- moved the hard-core clement from the Sons of Freedom sect. "The criminal clement should be contained so they are no free lo harass society and Ihe rest of Ihe public. "They should cither bo treated as mental patienls in a proper institution or as crimi- nals so that society is not con- tinually at Iheir mnrcy." Mr. Vcrigin's wore Ihe l.'ilr-sl. development in Ilio continuing saga nf the llmikho- bors, a group which lied lo Can- ada al Ihe lum of the ccnlury to escape religious pcraccution in Russia. TERRORIZED KOOTENAYS Members of the Sons of Free- dom, a mililant splinter group, were responsible for a series of terrorist allacks, including arson and bombir.g, in Ihe West Konlenays in the early 1960s. Many were jailed al Mountain Prison in Ihe lower mainland, prompting a mass Irck lo Agassiz by about BOO of their relatives. That segment of Ihe Douklio- bor saga ended lasl weekend when Ihe last of Ihe Sons of Freedom returned lo Ihe Kool- cnays to lake up land purchased from the provincial government or lo slay with friends or rela- tives. The lasl srcl member jailed .11 Agaisiz was released in 1070. This was a warning lo both Ihe Brilish and the Roman Catholics not to interfere vvilh the parades, which Ihe Calholic minority as a provoca- tive demonstration of Protestant domination in Northern Ireland. Both Protestant and Catholic marches have frequently touched off communal fighting in the last three years of viol- ence. PUT UP BARRIERS The UDA last weekend barri- caded five Proteslanl areas to protesl Whitelaw's refusal to in- terfere with Catholic-only en- claves policed by gunmen of llie Irish Republican Army. Later the UDA let the army lake over the barricades in one sector but maintained unarmed patrols be- hind Ihem. While Ihe IRA generally con- tinued lo observe the ceasefire thai the guerrilla command de- clared last woek, a wave of sec- tarian attacks continued. thur Luridrigan of Corner Brook, and Oliver L. Vardy, deputy minister of economic de- velopment when Mr. Smallwood was minister of that depart- ment. Bankers Trust was a wholly- owned subsidiary of Royal Trust Co. Mr. Moores said the govern- ment had obtained the services of J. J. Robinette, prominent Toronto lawyer, to advise "on what civil and criminal action might be taken against the var- ious parties involved and the ac- tivities described in the report." Finance Minister John Cros- hie and William Marshall, min- ister without portfolio, will go to Seen and heard About town CHILDREN'S theatre in- structor Lois Dongworth nearly fainting when a tot suggested flying leaps for warmup exercises John. Banficld searching for some- place completely isolated for a holiday away from the work-a-day hustle bustle Hick Plausleiner paying 20 cents out of his own pocket lo make up ine bill for lunch for a guest. News report causes stock market rally NEW YORK (AP) Stock market prices skyrocketed in active trading today in the wake of a news report from London lhat the Russians and the Chinese had told Hanoi to get down to business in its peace negotiations with the United Slates. However, Western diplomats in London, representing coun- tries with missions in Moscow, Peking and Hanoi, discounted the report. These officials have been speculating about the chances of such peace moves, but say they have ssen abso- lutely no evidence suggesting the Russians or Chinese are ex- ercising any effective pressures on North Vietnam At a.m., the Dow .Tones average of 30 industrial stocks was up 13.55 points at 947.02, and advances held a 3-to-l lead over declines on the New York Stock Exchange. Toronto Friday to meet Mr. Robinette. The royal commission, headed by a former lieutenant-gover- nor, Fabian O'Dea. was ap- pointed alter Mr. Moores' Pro- gressive Conservatives won election in March, ending 23 years of Liberal government. The second member of Die com- mission was Donald Wilson, president o[ a local construction and engineering company. While in opposition, the Con- servatives charged that exorbi- tant rentals were being paid by the liquor commission and de- scribed it as a "great scandal" and "stinking corruption." The commission report said a "fair rent" lor the seven build- Ings would have been annually but the actual rent being paid was At tho. same time, the commission found that the buildings were "poorly designed so that main- tenance cosls will be greater than usual." Mr. Moores de- scribed as "unbelievable" the method used to determine the value of the buildings. He said that an inflated value .would be put forward to Royal Co., .then Royal Trust would advise whal amount could be advanced tor mortgage purposes and the company would value the property to match the amount received for the mortgage. Belore the commission report was tabled Wednesday, Mr. Smallwood said in a telephone interview from England: "I deny and contradict and repu- diate any suggestion or hint that I had anything whatsoever to do with these leases or the build- ings or the company that owns them." JOSEPH SMALLWOOD in hot water Grants made to assist New French government head named PARIS (Reuter) The new French prime minisler, Pierre Messmer, prepared loday lo form his govenimenl as the GauIIists planned their strategy to retain a majority in the com- ing National Assembly elec- tions. While France wailed for ils The Alberta government Wednes day announced grants totalling for the expan- sion of services to mature handicapped persons in Leth- bridge. we can go ahead with uie expansion of our work- saki Frances Gardner, supervisor of the Hehabilita- f i o n Society of Lellibridge irorkshop. The society received in operating expenses. "It is a most gratifying an- said Len Wright, executive direclor of the bridge Associalion for the Men- tally Retarded, which received in capital grant and in operating expenses for fiscal 1972. Mrs. Gardner said the work- shop will double ils clientele from 20 lo 40. At a later stage, Ihe capacity will be increased to 70 clients. Mr. Wright said the operat- ing grant will cover half of the cost of adding lo the existing 5.000 square-foot greenhouse at the Sunrise Ranch, the capacity of which will be increased from 20 to 40 adulls. The operating grant will ba used lo compensate for salary increases and other expenses for the year starting July 1, Mi'. Wright said. Bc'h Mr. Wright ard Mrs. Gardner said they were de- lighled that the government re- sponded to their requests q-iek'y. Tha requests were fill- ed earlier this year. to Cuba 'They're Ilia some Bobby fisher Democratic parly forces file appeals WASHINGTON (AP) Dem- ocratic party forces are seeking a rare special session of the U.S. Supreme Court to deter- mine which presidential candi- date gels the California dele- gates Senator George McGovcrn thought he had locked up. The appeals, to be filed today, would go first lo Chief Justice. Wan-en Burger who would de- cide whether lo call the justices back from vacation. The argument s revolved around constitutional guaran- tees of due process and the ex- tent to which federal courts may inject themselves into par- tisan political processes. Two groups ore appealing n U.S. Court of Appeals decision Wednesday which reversed tho parly's credentials committee in Ihe California case, but up- held it in the Illinois case. new government to lake power, o Tf T it was clear that President SOVICt UllIOIl Georges Pompidou had taken even greater political control of the country following Wednes- day's forced resignation of Prime Minister Jacques Cha- ban-Delmas. "M. Pompidou is the new prime one political expert commented, reflecting Ihe fact thai Messmer is more likely lo execute the president's policies than his own. In particular, Pompidou is faced with Ihe task of trying lo safeguard the big majority held by Ihe Gaulhst parly, Ihe Union of Democrats of the Republic, in the legislative elections which have to be held before next April. Singers win LLANGOLLEN. Wales The Anne Campbell Singers won nn impressive victory in the youth competition til llie In- lernalional Eisteddfod loday. An aggregate mark ot 170 car- ried Ihe day over 17 cnlries from 10 counlries. Their "impressive sustained tone gave great com- mented the judges. The group was unsuccessful In the .senior fcninlc class, the final category of Ilia competi- tion. MOSCOW (AP) The Sonet Union demanded loday (he "un- conditional withdrawal" o[ Ihe Uniled Stales naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and pledged lo continue supplying massive economic and military aid lo Fidel Castro's regime. The Kremlin demand was made in a 4.000 word joint Sovi- et-Cuban communique published loday as Caslro left the Soviet Union for home after an 11-day viiil. "The Soviet leaders have once again staled thai Ihe Soviet Union resolutely condemns Ihe economic and political blockade of Cuba conducted hy Ihe United Ihe commit- nique said. There must be an "uncondi- tional withdrawal ol Ihe Ameri- can Guanlniiamo naval base, which, contrary In tho sovereign Mill of Ihr fuhaj! people, rxisls on Cuban ii added. Tho 41-yenr-old Cuban loader returned lo Havana loday afler n slop In the HvcloniFsinn t'tifii- lal of Minsk. Ho Ir.ft Moscow Wednesday. ;