New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Newspap er—Lucas confessions part of hoax
DALLAS (AP) — Henry Lee Lucas, the man whose confessions closed the books on more than 200 murders nationwide, may be a hoax, the Dallas Times Herald reported.
The newspaper said in its Sunday editions that its conclusions were based on a lengthy investigation that included more than IOO interviews with those whose paths Lucas has crossed in the last decade, on more than 60 hours of interviews with Lucas and on examinations of court records, work records, rental receipts and other documents.
The Times Herald in a copyright story said evidence suggests that authorities, particularly the Homicide Task Force headed by Texas Rangers, had information that would have exonerated Lucas from
many of the murders out failed to pursue it.
In many cases, Lucas logically should have been hundreds of miles away, the Times Herald said.
The Times Herald said that Lucas admitted to the hoax in interviews with the newspaper and his lawyers and said he only killed three people.
“There were only three,” Lucas said last year. “There ain’t no more.”
According to the newspaper, Lucas wanted to end the hoax but keeps confessing because he was told by authorities that once he stops talking he will go to Death Row to await execution for the Halloween night murder of a hitchhiker near Georgetown.
The Times Herald also reported that
Lucas said he began the hoax in an attempt to “show that law enforcement doesn’t do its job.”
“I’m gonna show them,” Lucas told the Times Herald. “They think I’m stupid, but before all this is over, everyone will know who’s really stupid,” he said.
In some cases, by refusing to accept documents such as prison and work records, authorities actually amended information to conform to the confessions, the newspaper said.
Since he was arrested two years ago for the murder of an elderly Montague County woman, the one-eyed drifter has confessed to 600 grisly slayings in the United States and five foreign countries, according to the Times Herald.
Eager to close the books on un
solved slayings, law enforcement officials from 35 states have interviewed Lucas, the newspaper said.
Sometimes, the newspaper said, there was evidence that placed Lucas, 48, in one state on the same day he said he committed a murder halfway across the country. In other cases, Lucas was known to be thousands of miles away on the day before or the day after the crime.
Among the examples offered by the Times Herald:
— The Homicide Task Force credited Lucas with the Oct. 1, 1982, murder of a Conroe woman. But a Texas Ranger chronology said Lucas applied for unemployment benefits or food stamps more than 1,000 miles away, in Decatur, 111., on the same
Reagan denounces current tax laws in United States
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -President Reagan, pledging to unveil a tax overhaul plan that will save money for most Americans, denounced the current tax system Saturday as “a complicated, frustrating, unfair mystery of legalistic gobbledygook and loopholes.”
The president, who claimed $33,290 in deductions in 1984 for legal fees — most of it for tax matters — said the current tax code seems designed not to help “everyday wage-eamers, only those who can afford high-priced attorneys and accountants.”
Two days before the April 15 tax-filing deadline, Reagan addressed Americans in his weekly radio address, broadcast from his mountaintop ranch. Nearing the end of a 10-day vacation, the president will fly back to Washington on Sunday.
He promised to send a tax overhaul
plan to Congress next month after returning from an economic summit in Europe.
Reagan said it would be “one of the most historic reforms" of his administration and promised to give it “top priority for passage” this year.
However, there is growing doubt in Congress that it will be approved in 1985.
Last November, the Treasury Department unveiled a tax-overhaul plan that proposed eliminating many tax breaks in return for lower rates. The president has generally endorsed the plan and said it would serve as the model for the administration’s proposal.
Reagan reiterated that he will propose reducing the maximum tax rate on individuals — now at 50 percent — down to 35 percent or less, “providing most Americans with a
He added, “As we lower rates on the people, we’ll reduce corporate rates, too. In meeting concerns for fairness and neutrality, we must not jeopardize economic growth.”
Rates will be reduced by broadening the tax base, eliminating shelters that make tax avoidance legal, Reagan said. He promised not to abolish the home mortgage deduction claimed by millions of Americans.
Reagan revealed Friday that he paid $147,826 taxes in 1984 from a total income of $440,657. His taxes amounted to 34 percent of his income.
The president said his plan would change the tax code “from a source of confusion and contempt to a model of fairness, simplicity and incentives for work, risk-taking and growth.”
Reagan said, “Our plan will make
an historic commitment to American families, for we intend to increase significantly the personal exemption which will be especially beneficial to low-income families, helping them leave welfare behind, find productive jobs and join those now paying taxes and contributing to a bigger Gross National Product.”
Delivering the Democrats’ equaltime response, Rep. Mary Rose Oakar of Ohio, said 1981 tax legislation proposed by Reagan favored big business.
“As a result of the president’s tax bill, the share that America's corporations contribute in federal revenues has fallen to the lowest level in memory,” Ms. Oakar said.
"Last year, corporate income taxes paid only 8.8 percent of federal spending. That’s a huge drop from 1960 when the corporate share was 26.3 percent.”
New shuttle stops in Houston
Rape convict moved to separate facility
CHICAGO (AP) — Gary Dotson, sent back to prison on a rape sentence after a judge rejected a woman’s testimony that she wasn’t raped, has been moved to a different prison because officials fear his fame might make him a target of violence.
Meanwhile, the judge who upheld his rape conviction last week said he was sorry for Dotson and his family, but had to do what he thought was right.
Dotson, 28, whose first week of freedom in six years ended Thursday in the Markham courtroom of Circuit Judge Richard L. Samuels, was moved Friday night from Joliet Correctional Center to a smaller prison at Dixon, 70 miles northwest, where he can have a cellto himself.
Samuels had freed Dotson on $10,000 cash bond while his case was being decided. He refused Thursday to reverse the conviction on the basis of recanted testimony by Cathleen Crowell Webb. She testified she made up the story of being raped that sent Dotson to prison because she had sex with a
boyfriend as a teen-ager and was afraid she might be pregnant.
At the Dotson family home in suburban Country Club Hills, scores of callers offered support, and a petition drive to urge Gov. James Thompson to free him was gaining momentum, said his sister, l^ura Dotson, 22.
“We’re not even doing it. It’s his friends," she said of the petition effort. About 300 signatures were collected in four hours Friday.
Warren Lupel, Dotson’s attorney, cited “a tremendous outpouring from all over the continent,” including attorneys offering services to help free Dotson.
Dotson, described as distraught on his arrival at Joliet on Friday, was doing fine Saturday at Dixon Correctional Center, a medium-security prison, said spokesman Nic Howell.
Michael l^ane, state corrections director, said: Prisoners have
attempted to become more famous by taking the LU of a famous prisoner."
HOUSTON (AP) - A jetliner ferrying Atlantis, the newest member of America's space shuttle fleet, took off from a Houston airport Saturday afternoon on the second leg of a rain-delayed trip from California to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The 747 aircraft carrying Atlantis piggyback-style took off from Ellington Field near the Johnson Space Center at 1:30 p.m. CST and was expected to arrive at Kennedy about 5:15 p.m.
Atlantis and its carrier plane left Edwards Air Force Base in California Friday morning. They were scheduled to fly to Kennedy after only a brief refueling stop at Ellington, but heavy rains Friday forced an overnight stay here and then delayed the Saturday departure.
Atlantis is the fourth unit in NASA's space shuttle fleet. Its
manufacture was recently completed at the Rockwell International plant in Downey, Calif. The craft was wheeled to Edwards Air Force Base where it was mounted atop the 747 ferry craft for a trip to Florida.
The spacecraft will be placed in a hanger at Kennedy where it will be prepared for its first flight, a secret Department of Defense mission now scheduled for late September.
Atlantis left California not long after one of its sister ships, Discovery, rocketed away from the Kennedy Space Center on a five-day mission with seven crew members on board.
Another shuttle, Challenger, is at Kennedy being prepared for a launch on April 29. The other shuttle, Columbia, is being refitted at the Rockwell plant in California and is scheduled for spaceflight in October.
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— Houston authorities accepted Lucas’ confession and cleared a Sept. 12, 1981 murder in Houston. At the time of the slaying, Lucas was in jail, 1,400 miles away in Pikesville, Md.
— Rangers and Tyler authorities accepted Lucas’s confession to the
Sept. 9, 1975, murder of a 69-year-old man in Tyler.
But records of the Kaolin Mushroom Farms in Avondale, Pa., show Lucas was at work in Pennsylvania on the day of the killing.
Henry Lee Lucas
States with killings confirmed by police
Total confirmed murders: 200 in 27 states
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