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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, Octobtr LETHBR1DQE Woman on trial for shooting one of her rapists By LACEY FOSBURGH New York Times Service MONTEREY, Calif. Inez Garcia was a child bride at the age of 14. By age 20 she had a 3 year old son and had formulated the belief that, as she later said, "a good wife is a silent wife. She should cause her husband no problem." Today, age 30, Inez Garcia is on trial here for murder for killing a 300 pound man who she said helped another man rape her. She faces life im- prisonment if convicted. "I feel anyone who has been raped has the right to kill Mrs. Garcia told the jury in the small wooden courtroom here where she is on trial. "I'm not sorry I did she added, "I'm only sorry I miss- ed Luis (the man who did rape I meant to kill him too. That's the only thing I'm sorry about." Case focuses on women's right to self-defence The trial of Inez Garcia, fast approaching-a conclusion, has become a focal point of controversy among feminists, psychologists and experts in the criminal justice world, es- pecially in the San Francisco Bay area just north of here. This interest centers largely on two points. Firstly, what, if any, are the rights of a woman who has been raped to take the law into her own hands to de- fend either her body or her name. And, secondly, how did Mrs. Garcia, who, according to psy- chiatric testimony, always ranked women lower than men and had, in addition a galaxy of insecurities, have the capacity to resort to such violence? As she herself described the scenario from the witness stand, two men, who she vaguely knew, dragged her out of her home last March 19 Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: Several times I've been inclined to rebut someone who had ex- pressed an opinion in your column. I was never moved to write until now. The writer addressed her remarks to "those who have attempted suicide, or are now considering it." She begged them to think of their loved ones and the guilt they would carry to their graves because of something they had done or NOT done. Rubbish! Applesauce! Horsefeathers! The person who is contemplating suicide is full of hate. He really hates himself, but manages to transfer that hate to others. His only goal is to make that person (or persons) suffer. Almost every suicide stems from the thought, "They will be sorry for the way they treated My advice to would be .suicides is this: Stop kidding yourself. They will NOT be sorry. If you commit suicide BINGO HON.. OCT. 7 Jackpot in 53 GoM Pay Double Door Regular Cento 25C or SforSt 13th St and 6th Ave. "A" N. No Children under 16 allowed you'll prove they were .right when they said you were too weak to face life. Their battle cry is, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." So, you got out of the kitchen and left it all to them. You also left a sunny day in June, the beautiful girl you might have kissed, the book you might have read, the dress your daughter will wear at her wedding, and your first grandchild's heart wanning smile. Think. Think. Think. Seen It Happen Dear Seen: Thanks for an excellent appraisal. The psy- chiatrists are on your side. Yet the next letter is very interesting. Dear Ann Landers: I'want to thank the woman who ad- vised suicidal people to give some thought to, those they love. Her letter killed an idea that has been in my mind for quite a while. The overwhelming desire to escape the pain of living can be most appealing to one who suffers a lot. I know, because I've considered suicide many times. But I was always stopped by a nagging feeling that I shouldn't no real reason, just something told me, "Don't do it." That woman's letter gave me the reason. I'm a college student (girl, age For the past ten months I've been in a deep depression. I'm climbing out of it now and feel confident I'll make it. There'll be times perhaps when I'll slip, but now I know why I must never let go. Thank you, Ann, for printing that letter. It was a lifesaver. Rescued Dear don't say you've been getting professional help. If you haven't, please consider it. Periodic bouts with deep depression are tough to handle alone. Good luck, honey. and raped her in a nearby alley. Afterward, she said, "I went in my house and got a gun to defend myself. I loaded it and went out into the street looking for those two creeps. I'd have walked all night to find she muttered angrily, almost spitting her words out into the court room. "I said I was going to kill them and I did." It is this brand of violence and defiance that has, ironically, turned this beautiful and once demure woman into the heroine to feminist groups throughout northern California. The prosecution, which claims that no rape took place, believes the case is an "open and shut in the words of deputy district attorney Arthur Braudrick. The killing arose, he said, out of a fight between Mrs. Gar- Shape-Up unit coming to Taber A mobile unit entitled Shape Up Alberta will be in Taber for three weeks beginning Oct. 20 to motivate and educate residents of Taber and district in the areas of physical fitness and nutrition. As well, programs and clinics will be conducted while the unit is in town and local leaders will be trained to carry on these activities after the unit is gone. Consisting of two physical education experts, and a nutritionist, the mobile unit will be visiting six towns, staying three weeks in each. Fitness testing and counsell- ing will take place in the base- ment of the Taber Civic Centre, ffee of charge. Pre bookings may be made through the Taber Recreation Office, phone 223-3515. One of the primary programs to be started by the unit will be a fitness finders program. The program will include calisthenics as well as a mini physical education course explaining what happens to the body as it becomes fit Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting Oct. 29 in the Taber Civic Centre Auditorium. Shape Up Alberta is a pro- ject jointly funded by the departments of health and social development and culture, youth and recreation. It operates out of the Ed- monton YMCA. While in Taber, the unit team will be working with the Lethbridge YMCA and the Taber Recreational Board. -The Herald Family cia and a friend, her co defendant, with the two men over narcotics. They were arrested and charged with the murder soon after the in- cident. The key issue, however, ac- cording to Charles Garry, the defense lawyer who is also the attorney for the Black Panther party, is whether the jury accepts "the unwritten law." This, he maintains, is "the right of a woman who has been raped to take the law into her own hands." The key thrust of this case, therefore, has been largely psychological and sociological, to show how for Mrs. Garcia, with her Cuban Puerto Rican and Catholic up- bringing, rape was the most heinous act imaginable. Being raped, defense witnesses claim, thrust her into such a "disassociative of mental impairment that her hysteria and terror made her seek violent revenge. Mrs. Garcia, who is free on bail, was born in a middle class family in the Spanish Harlem section of New York. Of average intelligence, she never learn- ad to read or write, because, the testimony maintains, it was her way of insulating herself from the adult world. Married at age 14 to an anti Castro freedom fighter, she lived in Miami until two years ago when her husband was sent to prison here in Soledad for bombing buildings in Los Angeles. She moved west to be near him. The psychiatric testimony has pictured Mrs. Garcia as a woman who identifies with children, has suppressed all sexual feelings, and has, in the words of one doctor, "a core of self hatred and self alienation which she covers up with great emphasis on her appearance." "Mrs. Garcia has 120 pairs of Dr. Jane Oldden, associate professor of psy- chiatry at the University of California Medical Center, testified. "She cares a great deal about how she looks. She wants to look well even though she does not feel well about herself, or her frigidity or her sexuality or anything." Mr. Garcia resorted to violence after being raped, Dr. Oldden further testified, because, unlike other women who might not become violent, the rape "triggered the internal feelings she con- stantly tries to suppress." Father Eugene Boyle, a well known San Francisco Priest, testified further that, for a devout Catholic like Mrs. Garcia, what was probably worse than being raped was that she did not die fighting off her attackers. Women- sports talk set Discrimination against women in sports will be the topic of a discussion 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lethbridge Public Library. Views of women in sports and aspects of financial and social discrimination still to be overcome will be presented. Co ordinator for the evening will be Jane Schwindt, a student at the University of Lethbridge. Discussion and coffee will follow. The presentation, sponsored jointly by Women's Place and the Lethbridge Public Library, is open to the public, free of charge. TH r. 1 Margaret's 'just fine' Club corner notes} _ The regular monthly meeting of the Canadian Pacific Railway Pensioners' Association will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the club rooms. All members are urg- ed to attend. Tau Chapter, Beta Sigma Phr, will hold a model meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Helen Holt in Raymond. The program, Discussing be presented by Virginia Hoopfer and Diane Meszaros. Introduction will be given by Linda Duval. Co hostess will be Virginia Hoopfer. The Aileen Walker Unit of Southminster Church will hold the regular meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Jean Stewart, 738 10th St. N. Catherine Khan. St. Patrick's CWL groups will meet as follows: Frances Costanzo, 8 p.m. Monday with Carol Barry, 202 26th St. S.; Lil Kempenaar, p.m. 17 with Julia Smolnicky at the" church hall; Amanda Wolfe, p.m. Wednesday with Joan deJourdan, 519 16th St. S.; Marion Flock, 8 p.m. Wednesday with Louise Reive, 1238 8th Ave. S. Kappa Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi, will hold its model meeting and rushing party at the home of Susan Giffen on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Lucelle Thompson and Edith Tanne will present the program, "Self ing just fine" after undergoing treatment in a Montreal hospital for what she described as "severe emotional stress." Mrs. Trudeau has been at home for some days and her bus- band told reporters Thursday that "she's walking the baby and going to the market and so on." NEW INTEREST IN SPORT HALIFAX (CP) Interest in women's field hockey is in- creasing, particularly in this area where seven teams have registered for a summer league. Activity has been spurred by the selection of four players from the province to Canada's national team in the last three years and the success of a touring provincial team. The Nova Scotia team won five games, tied one and lost one during a recent visit to Bermuda DID YOU KNOW? THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS SURGEONS an organization comprised of members adopted a resolution, April 12, 1958 which stiil remains their current position, on the Use of Water SupRly as a Vehicle for Drugs. The Association "condemns the addi- tion of any substance to public water supplies for the purpose of affecting the bodies or the bodily or mental function of the consumers." LETHBRIDGE SAFE WATER COMMITTEE 920 2nd Avenue North Phone 327-7142 The regular meeting of Maple Leaf Chapter Nor 7, OES, will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Masonic Hall. Xi Nu Beta Sigma Phi, will hold the regular meeting at p.m. Tuesday at the home of Holla Chambers, 1717 21st St. S. The program, The End of Life, will be given by Terry Westwood. Co hostesses for the evening will be Bev Perkins, Marie Bartosek and If you are not a member of Weigh! Watchers- Have a meet ing onust Sept. 3Oth-Oct. lOth. BIRD EXPERT SOUGHT CANBERRA (CP) The Australian transport depart- ment is seeking an or- nithologist to help get rid of birds endangering aircraft at airports. It is particularly concerned by thousands of gulls around Sydney airport and wants the bird expert to recommend methods of reduc- ing the hazard. BINGO-RAINBOW HALL-14015th Ave. N. TUESDAY, OCTOBER p.m. JACKPOT IN NUMBERS 4th-tth-12th Doubled in 7 or Leee Free 2Sc per Card. S CMdrea Under 16 Yee Sponeored By A.U.U.C. AMotietton II you are overweight you're inwled to visil a meeting during National Open Meeting Monin. SeplembcT 30ih- Octobe; 2Oih, receive a PREE Program MENU PLAWJER- 21 complete meats like the ones enjoyed by our members while we help them lose weight There's no obligation to join' Cali us DOT the time and place ol the open meetings scheduled in this area. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL ZE-06124 _________ (TOLL FREE} OPEN MEETINGS IN LETHBRIDGE Tmsfef, M, 8A mi ISA and p.m. WEIGHT W4TCHB6 A.N.4A.F. 34 EVBIY TUESDAY it8P.M NEW MMF HAH Consolation Jackpot 16 Games All emgos DouWed on Green Card No Children 16 years or age WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT Friday and SMurdqr, Oct 11 md 12 THBmntos" to the Cetrteen For ana Iholr ImrHed Guests only! 1.44 The inflation buster every Tuesday night. Tuesday Night aJ Ponderosa a budget-boosting Fitly cents off Ihe regular price And this as no "budget" steak M's our tamous Family Steak Dinner a succulent ribeye steak, broiled to your order steaming baked potato tossed green salad fresh, hoi roll wilh bulter Family Night al Ponderosa. a family of tour can dig into it for less than seven bucks Now, that's inflalion-buslmg And today more than ever, it's the reason we say Tuesday nights, you can'i afford to eat at home POJJDEROSASHlAEnC Quality food Family prices. 1025 Mayor Magrath Drivt ;