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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 12, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Murder Rate On Increase Across Canada OTTAWA (CP) The murder rate is rising, says Dominion Bureau of Statistics, but the bureau's annual volume on the subject is another sad tale of domestic strife or too much booze. The report, released Friday, says there were 342 murder victims in 1969, a rate of 1.9 per popula- tion. The rate was 1.8 in 1968 and 1.6 in 1967. At the same time, says the report, the number of murders during commission of other criminal acts robbery or sexual assault has "slightly decreased' in recent years. Family life accounted for 120 of last year's victims and 72 of the 120 were women. When the killing isn t domestic in nature, says the report, the man is usually The DBS figures are read closely by legislators as a clue to how the current five-year trial abolition of capital punishment is working. V death penalty, except where police or prison guards are killed, was abolished Dec. 29, 1967, until that date in 1S72. Police Make Count DBS gets its basic figures from police who de- scribed 342 deaths last year as murder. Once in court, however, the picture changed drastically. The report says 121 persons were tned by last Dec. 31 in a number of the 1969 murders and 60 were convicted of manslaughter. Another 14 were acquitted, four were declared in- sane, and only 24 convicted of non-capital murder. That the victims were victims is certain. The report says 152 were shot, 76 beaten to death, 61 stabbed, 22 strangled and the rest killed in varying ere were 315 with single mur- ders, 15 double murders, three triple murders, and one case in which seven persons were killed. 60 Unsolved Sixty of the 315 incidents remained unsolved at Dec. 31. In 236 others, charges had been placed and in 18, suicide had cleared things up. The report says that where there was no domestic relationship, "the accused may have been insane, may have been involved in an argument immediately prior to the murder, may have been involved in an .argument during a prolonged drinking bout, or the action may have been self defence." Cases of jealousy and pro- fessional killings also are mentioned. The report looks to the seasons for a clue but finds none. There is "no apparent pattern to the seasons of the year when murders it says. However, .its five-year statistical summary shows summer leading -the way in three of the years and winter with the lowest figures in three years. DBS says one-third of last year's bloodletting was done in Quebec. The Yukon reported no "murders" in 1969 and Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick one each. Armed Guards To Police U.S. Airline Flights NEW YORK (AP) Two hours before President Nixon announced that ami hijack guards would begin policing flights of United States commercial airlines today, more than 100 federal agents arrived at Kennedy International Airport to take a cram course on the subject. Toting footlockers, suitcases and other gear, the first of the new guards arrived Friday at two crew- training centres run by Trans World Airlines and Pan American World Airways. Most of them were in their 20s and 30s, husky members of the Secret Service or other branches of the federal treasury department. They formed lines outside medical offices, stripped to the waist, and went through immunization, passport processing and picture taking. Next, the will wear civilian clothes and conceal pistols under their suit jackets toured a Boeing 707 and jumbo 747 and learned about daily air- line operating routines, emergency evacuation proce- dures and the design of the two jet planes. Later, "skymarshals" of the Federal Aviation Ad- ministration, who have been specially trained since 1961 in the use of firearms and judo, lectured them on hand- to-hand combat techniques in mockups of an airline cabin. Guards Silent The White House said that for security reasons it n-ould not divulge which flights would carry guards. None of those involved would talk about the training. Nixon 'urged the world community to accept a treaty providing for punishment or extradition of hi- jackers, and "to take joint action to suspend airline services with tliose countries which refuse to punish or extradite hijackers involved in international blackmail." He said: "Piracy is not a new challenge for the community of nations. Most countries, including the United Stales, found effective means of dealing with piracy on the higli seas a century and a half ago. We can, and we will, deal effectively with piracy in the skies today." The While House said the cost of the force of about air guards would be met by small increases in the haad tax on passengers leaving the country and I he eight-pcr-cent lax on domestic fares, and that it would request increases from Congress, i "l "if r ;L i BLOWN UP These three hi-jacked aircraft, a BOAC VC-10, left, Trans World Air- lines 707, centre and Swissair DC-8, were destroyed today by Arab guerillas as a war- ning to Western governments 1o meet their demands. Passengers Escape Injury In B.C. Ferry Boat Mishap T.SAWWASSEN, B.C. (CP) Ths 310-foot British Columbia government ferry Queen of Sid- ney ran aground at the eastern entrance to Active Pate during high winds Friday night, but was pulled free early today. The tug Island Mariner, after breaking its towline twice, fi- nally pulled the ferry cleat, about three hours after the grounding. Rescue craft stood by, but ferry captain David F. Walton of Victoria said the vessel was not in danger. The ferry's 200 passengers remained aboard. The grounding occurred 7 Was Framed'' Claims Hoffman By JOE WILL CALGARY (CP) Abbie Hoffman, the self-styled United States yippie leader, came on as much of a wit as a revolution- ary at the University of Calgary Friday. Instead of the expected gospel of rebellion, he kept the sympa- thetic, overflow crowd of 900 al- ternately laughing and clapping at his comments on his troubles and the American system. Most of his hour-long speech was taken up relating events around the Chicago trial earlier this year at which he and six other defendants were convicted of conspiring to cross state lines to riot.at the 1968 Democratic convention. "I was were the first words he said when he walked on stage. The seven in Chicago were convicted not because of "the ev- idence that was produced or what they did, but because of who they 'were, he said. After the trial one of the ju- rors told a magazine inter- viewer she felt the defendants were isnocent, Mr. Hoffman said. He pointed to the comment as an example of U.S. liberals who refuse to support what they believe. 1 Quake Felt In Southern California LOS ANGELES (AP) A strong rolling earthquake and two smaller ones shook southern California this morning, sway- ing tall buildings and awakening residents. There were no imme- diate reports of major damage. Police departments through- out southern California were flooded with telephone calls. The largest tremor, at a.m. MST, lasted about 15 sei- onds and was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego, 120 miles to the south. It was one of the. strongest felt recently in the area, which is often rattled by minor quakes. "It really shook us here and we're on the bottom said Sheriff's Sgt. Bob Ryan of San Diego County. "We sure felt it." In Riverside, residents also reported tremors at a.m. and a.m. The quake registered between 4.5 and 5.0 on the open-ended Richter scale, indicating it was strong enough to cause damage over a limited area. Scientists at California Insti- tute of Technology in nearby Pasadena said it was centred about 50 miles east of Los Ange- les, between Mount Baldy and San Bernardino. Los Angeles Police Sgt. Wal- ter Suckiel said his office re- ceived hundreds of calls from worried residents, but none re- ported damage. He told the crowd of mostly students the U.S. has 16 per cent of the world's population but controls 55 per cent of the planet's wealth. "It doesn't take a Karl Marx to realize this isn't a very good deal for most of the people in the world. "All people, no matter where they are, have a right, to deter- mine their economic future; "Canada was the first country raped by the imperialists and it didn't even fire a shot. But then a country with a leaf on its flag can't be all bad." Mr. Hoffman offered a few definitions to illustrate the thinking in many Western na- tions. He said the only difference between a victory and a massa- cre was that a victory was sol- diers and American settlers in the 19th century killing Indians, while a massacre was Indians killing soldiers and settlers. shortly before 10 p.m. as the Queen of Sidney .was entering Sturdies Bay on Galiano Island, between the B.C. mainland and Vancouver Island. Mary Backlund, a Galiano Is- land resident, said she heard "a crunch, grinding sound" as the ferry went aground on rocks about 306 yards from shore. The ferry was on a scheduled run out of this mainland ter- minal south of Vancouver and carried passengers and cars bound for Galiano, Pender and Mayne islands. Captain Walton said no water was shipped and no injuries were reported. Another ship's officer said the ferry would be taken to Swartz Bay, the Van- couver Island terminal near Victoria, for a detailed check before it v-quld be put back into service. The Queen of Sidney went aground in the same area as an- other B.C. ferry, the Queen of Victoria, was in collision Aug. 2 with the Soviet freighter Sergey Yesenin. Three ferry passen- gers were killed in that acci- dent. 30 Killed By Brief Whirlwind VENICE (AP) A short- lived whirlwind wrought de- struction and death in the sub- urbs and on the lagoon of this historic Italian port city Friday night. It picked up a crowded passenger boat "like a tooth- spun it in the air and plunged it back into the water, where it sank in 30 seconds. Frogmen recovered 18 bodies, and 30 other persons were res- cued. The remaining toll on land was 12 killed and about 200 police said. Authorities e s t i m a t e d the wind speed at 125 miles an hour. The whirlwind, similar to a tornado, splintered houses, shops and street stands, then dissipated over the Gulf of Ven- ice. Electrical power was dis- rupted throughout -the canal city. Police Make Drug Raid On College TORONTO (CP) Nine per- sons were arrested and at least five persons suffered minor in- juries Friday night during a po- lice drug squad raid on Roch- dale College, an experimental free college in the downtown area. Police said those arrested had been charged with various off- ences, including drug offences. One policeman suffered minor injuries as bottles and other de- bris were hurled from the win- dows of the residential college. Witnesses said about 40 po- licemen equipped with crowbars and axe handles entered the building about p.m. and proceeded to the sixth floor where they broke down the doors of four apartments and made a thorough search. Quebec Grits Hold Parley MONTREAL (CP) Quebec Liberals gathered Friday for a convention that, figures to be a lot quieter than their last one. About delegates were ex- pected at the three-day 15th an- nual convention of the Queuec Liberal Federation to consider the party's relation to various "political action forces" outside the traditional party system in Quebec. Arabs Hijack By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A pall of smoke rose over the Jordan desert today and Arab guerrillas said they had blown up three hijacked planes after removing the passengers. They claimed this was 'only the first step of their warning to Western governments to meet their de- mands. They had said previously the planes would be destroyed with the passengers aboard unless Britain, Switzerland and West Germany released seven Arab commandos in their custody. The three Trans World Airlines Boeing 707, a S'wissair DC-8 and a British Overseas Airways Corp. VC-10 Make Offer LONDON (Reuters) The British government said tonight it is prepared to return Arab commando Leila Khaled to an Arab country as part of a settle- ment involving hostage passen- gers and crews of the three hj- jacfced aircraft in Jordan. blown up at p.m. Jordan time, a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liber- ation of Palestine said. This was a.m. EOT. He added that it was "the first step of our warning follow- ing the delay of the three West- ern governments to concede to our terms." Later the front issued a com- munique saying it was retaining about 40 Amer- icans, British, Swiss and Ger- mans. It said some of the 40 would be held "for investiga- tion" while others would be con- sidered hostages "against our militants held in these colonial- ist lands." The planes were worth a total of 525 million. Their destruction would raise to close to mil- lion the aircraft losses since the Front began its air piracy activ- ities last Sunday. ALSO DESTROY JUMBO JET At that tune, a Pan American World Airways 747, a jumbo jet worth million, was blown up in Cairo after being hijacked there and its passengers re- leased. Witnesses reporting on; the blast in Jordan said it was greeted by shouting and shots fired in the air by the guerril- las. Smoke from the airstrip, heavy and black in the clear blue sky, was visible 20 miles away. Jordanian troops had pulled back 15 miles from the airstrip, which was sealed off after re- moval of the last passengers. Guerrilla sources stated cate- gorically that there was no loss of life in the explosion.. They said all Israeli men among the passengers had been removed to a "special hotel" outside Amman. About 240 passengers were be- lieved to have been aboard the three planes Friday night. Orig- inally there had been 400 per- and ere w. From time to time various par- lies were removed. Since their arrival on the de- sert strip, the planes had been guarded constantly by heavily- armed Popular Front guerrillas, who dug an arc of foxholes around them. Heavy machine-guns and ba- zookas were pointed at an outer circle of Jordanian army tanks and armored vehicles, about two miles away. Evidently the guerrillas loaded the planes with boxes of explosives while the passengers still were aboard. There was apprehension in Amman over the fate of the men hostages still in the hands of the guerrillas. 'If we're lucky we may see the PM 'Nattering Nabobs Of Negativism' AgnewDenounces Democrats A short time before the Front announcement more than 100 women and children arrived in Amman from the desert airstrip 45 miles to the north. There was no indication where the men were taken. The 100 women and children were still not free to leave since the guerrillas held their pass- ports. Some commandos said (he passports would be re- turned, but there was no official assurance. Some women, including American Jews and Israelis, .said they were "desperately worried and concerned" for their husbands, who they said had been taken to an undis." closed place Friday. Guerrilla sources had said earlier that all American Jew- ish men would be brought to the capital with the women and children, but Israeli men of mil- itary age would be kept in a separata "special hotel." Ky Ends Boycott Of Peace SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) Vice-President Spiro T. Agncw denounced Democrats Friday night as "nattering nabobs of saying they are professional pessimists who will be thrown out by the voters in United States congressional elections next month. Agnew called them "men who smack their lips over any American setback in the world and predict an array of woes at hone." He identified three Demo- cratic senators as typical: J. W. Fulbright of Arkansas, chair- man of (he foreign relations committee: Edward M. Ken- nedy of Massachusetts, l.ha ma- jority whip; and Joseph M. Monloya of New Mexico. Agnew's speech was to a Republican fluid- raising dinner. lie came to California to urge support for Senator George Murphy, campaigning for re- election against the challenge of Representative John V. Tunney. "You won't find George Mur- phy among those cheerless and timid souls who run down their c o u n t r the vice-president said. "In the United States today we have more than our share of UK camng ui a jppuug .an the nattering nabobs of negatiy-, by the union at this time would ism. They have formed their be a tragedy of our limes." own hopeless, hys- Woodcock planned to go first Icrieal, hypochondriacs of his- lo Chrysler today, then lo Gen- era] Motors. SAIGON (AP) Vice-Presi- dent Nguyen Cao Ky, supervisor of the South Vietnamese delega- tion to the Paris peace talks, said today he plans to return to the negotiations after a nearly 18-month boycott. Meanwhile, the United States command announced the first withdrawals of infantry units from the U.S. 1st Marine Corps Division and said the initial de- ployment would cut American strength in South Vietnam by men. Informed sources said the en- tire division will be withdrawn from Vietnam by next May 1 as part of President Nixon's plans to cut the author- ized American troop strength to by next spring. Current U.S. strength is slightly less than President Nguyen Van Thieu's office and. other independent sources left the impression that Ky would not be carrying back any new proposals to end the war in Vietnam. The official sources said that if there were any dramatic new initiatives to be made, Thieu likely would make such an an- nouncement in Saigon. "I don't know of any signifi- cance at all in Ky returning ex- cept to upgrade the said one source. There was speculation that Ky would use the trip to Paris as a diplomatic way of getting out of a promised appearance at a Auto Union Rejects New GM Offer DETROIT AP) Vowing to get a better offer, President Leonard Woodcock of the United Auto Workers returns to Ihe bargaining table today after re- jecting a new contract proposal from General Motors Corp. The company said its offer would raise the annual wage of its average factory worker to more than within three years. Woodcock said it did not con- tain enough either in wages or fringe benefits. The UAW chief said he viewed the chances of avoiding a strike at General Motors or Chrysler, or both, at midnight Monday night as "very, very dim at the moment.'.' Apparently in anticipation of a possible strike at GM next week, about 600 workers at GM's truck plant in Oshawa, Ont., walked off their jobs Fri- day night to protest lack of progress in the negotiations. They were joined by some workers at an adjoining stamp- ing plant and GM officials closed both plants. Earl R. Bramblell, GM per- sonnel vice-president and Ihe firm's chief negotiator, said: "In the face of this' proposal, the calling of a crippling strike March for Victory in Washing- ton Oct. 3. But a spokesman for Ky said he will definitely appear at the rally, organized by radio evan- gelist Rev. Carl T. Mclntire. NGUYEN'KY offers no reason Hurricane Ella Winds Mounting BROWNSVILLE, Tex. (AP) Ella smashed into a thinly settled area of norlh- eastern Mexico today with winds topping 125 miles an hour and torrential rains. Communications failed and there was no immediate word as to how residents fared in the fishing village of La Pesca, where the storm thrust ashore from the Gulf of Mexico be- tween 6 and 7 a.m. La Pesca, a community of small houses with thatched roofs and many summer cabins, is at tire mouih of the Rio Soto la Marina. Weather burecu observers, who traced the hurricane with radar, predicted it would thrust 50 to 60 miles westward before beating itself to death against the Sierra Madre Mountains. Tides went to eight feet as Ella crossed the coastline. Winds which had exceeded 125 m.p.h. in squalls dropped to 115 m.p.h. by a.m. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN FEAR of getting her name in seen and heard, Bclty Gal has been trying to avoid everyone Brian Sommcrvillc likening the lour of Alberta farm writers to a modern rendition of In- dian rain-makers, afier f'iey have been rained out three- consecutive years Ray MacPhcrsoii plotting devious ways of winning a golf tour- nament and admitting that the easiest way to win was to cheat. ;