New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Confessed killer sheds light on unsolved local murder
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writar
Self-proclaimed mass murderer Henry Lee Lucas says he didn’t kill an unidentified Latin woman whose body was found June 4, 1981 on Interstate 35 near Northcliffe.
But Lucas told two local officers Friday he may know who did.
Comal County Sheriff’s Investigator Gilbert Villarreal and Texas Ranger Ray Martinez had their shot at questioning Lucas Friday morning at the Williamson County Jail, where he’s being held for murder.
“He was cooperative and extremely relaxed. There was no sign of remorse,” Villarreal said. “He talked about human bodies like they were golf balls ora pair of shoes."
“It 'the interrogation) was cooperative, but a
matter-of-fact kind of thing. His attitude was very impersonal,” Martinez said.
Martinez labeled Lucas’ recall as “fantastic. It’s all in his head — how he killed them, where he dumped the bodies, details about the surroundings where he left them all.”
“Yep, he even remembers in what order he killed them, meaning whether he stabbed or shot them first,” Villarreal added.
The interrogation took about 50 minutes. Villarreal said Lucas “admitted the murder was similar to his style, but he said he didn’t do it.
“He did provide information that another man in Florida, Ottis Elwood Toole, who traveled with him from time to time may have copied his style,” Villarreal added.
Toole is in custody in Jacksonville, Fla., on
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SUNDAY December 25, 1983 50 cents
70 Pages — 5 Sections
The Arthur Clonts family is having a happy holiday season, thanks to the steady recovery of daughter Julie, second from left. Julie suffered a severe head injury in a freak accident two months ago and was in critical condition for a time. Now she’s looking forward to going back to school. From right to left, that's Art, Jenny, Jean and Julie Clonts and family friend Sammie Lee. Story, Page 1B.
Cool Christmas due for Texas
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A below-freezing Christmas is on tap for most of Texas as meteorologists said Friday the record-breaking chill will continue through Monday with occasional snow flurries along the way.
The National Weather Service said at least eight low temperature records were set in Texas Friday morning because of the frigid arctic air. The average temperature in Abilene this month has been 7.1 degrees below normal.
Patches of ice remained on some roads Friday, freezing drizzle brought traffic in Southeast Texas and Houston to a skidding stop and light snow fell from the Red River south to Dallas and Fort Worth Friday.
Few travelers remained stranded, however, from earlier ice and snow storms. But the weather service warned that conditions could get worse, or at least stay as they are, before they get better.
“I don't see any warmup this weekend." said NWS meteorologist Loll Sullivan in Fort Worth "Right now. it looks like Monday ot Tuesday before we get some relief . ”
The weather service said that while some areas wanned a little Friday, the temperature forecast in Abilene calls for thermometers to read 20 to 40 degrees below normal for the last 8 days of the month.
"We have an excellent chance at the coldest December on record, which is 38.7 degrees set in 1914, 1909, and 1898.” an NWS statement from Abilene said. Temperatures there have been below freezing since 2 a m. Sunday, and it has already been the snow iest December on record with 6.8 inches The winter front has claimed at least IO lives in Texas since Sunday.
In the latest cases reported, a 67-year-old Fort Worth nun was found frozen in Hie back of a van and a Dallas transient died, apparently of hypotheruua, at Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Investigator Dad McMillan said the body of the Fort Worth man was "frozen solid just like a block of ice." A Dallas County medical examiner’s office spokesman said a final autopsy on the other body had not yet been completed.
Chilly locals get too warm
Two New Braunfels residents found themselves in hot water as they tried to combat the cold Friday.
Firefighters received two house calls within an hour of each other. A woman on Bridge Street received burns on her hands after the curtains near her space heater caught fire at 12:25 p.m.
A Solms man attempting to thaw frozen water pipes with a match put the resulting fire out before it reached his mobile home, but called the fire department just to make sure.
No structural damage was reported at 891 W Bridge, where a bathroom heater ignited some curtains on the wall. Firefighters said the 26-year-old resident was trying lo take the flaming curtains down when they fell on her, leaving first-and second-degree burns on her hands. Emergency treatment was not required, but the woman was advised to see a doctor.
At 12:49, trucks were called to a mobile home park in the Solms area. Firefighters said the resident had tried to thaw his frozen pipes, wrapped in newspaper and tinfoil, by holding lighted matches near them. The wrapping caught fire
The homeowner was managed to find a faucet that wasn’t frozen, and put the fire out with a garden hose before it did much damage.
light snow flurries fell before dawn Friday at the Jefferson County Airport in Southeast Texas and a travelers’ advisory was posted for the Galveston area because of freezing drizzle.
A spokeswoman for the Galveston County sheriff said the causeway from the mainland to Galveston Island was closed for several hours early Friday because of ice.
See WEATHER, Page 12A
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Guardsmen Sam Cholico, Kenneth Jordan, Henry Pearce and Isaac Orta load the last of the Cheer Fund sacks
Cheer Fund closes out with deliveries to families
Contributions kept coming in right down to the last nunule of the 1983 Cheer Fund dnve, which nearly reached the 84,000 mark when all was said and done Friday afternoon And the fruits of your generosity were spread throughout New Braunfels Saturday, as National Guard units delivered our Cheer Fund packages to 120 local f similes We received 12 donations totaling $350 Friday, bringing our final balance to $3,880 26 — well over twice what was collected in the first drive last year That figure, by the way, does not include donated food.
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In addition, the local K-Mart store and its employees donated three large boxes of canned good, and new Braunfels
Jaycess, even though they were busy as it was with their annual Toys for Tots campaign, donated two large boxes of food.
In Tuesday’s Her aid Zn lung, we’U show you exactly what your donations meant to these local faiiulies, and we’ll list all the contributors agaui. It will be a long, long list, and we’re all very happy about that You folks warmed up a chilly Christmas for a lot of people.Blooper transforms Midland woman into Santa
MIDLAND, Texas (API - Longdistance telephone operator Jo Forrester got home from work on a December day last year and found her phone buzzing with calls from children wanting to talk to Mrs Santa Claus
She had no idea why they were calling her until she looked at the afternoon newspaper A front-page
story told how a nursing home patient was eager to take calls from children wanting to talk to Santa’s spouse.
The story mistakenly carried Mrs Forrester’s phone number.
"I couldn’t have the number changed Can you imagine how disappointed kids would have been to dial Mrs Santa Claus and hear a recording say the number had been
disconnected?" she said Friday.
The quirk of fate turned into a fulltime hobby for Mrs. Forrester and some of her co-workers. She took a 30-day leave of absence from work this year and handles about 300 calls a day from children
The operators have collected toys, clothing and food for some needy fanulies, and have been able to tip
social service agencies to specific cases where public assistance is needed.
"We’re doing some good this year We found one family that was truely destitute with six children and a baby. We discussed the problems with the children, and we’re getting them some help," she said.
When Mrs Forrester’s husband,
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Another incoming mass of arctic air was expected t rustee Edgar Sahm doesn’t mind paying for even mix of Tsuris and regular shirts for next year
to make Saturday mostly cloudy, windy and very uniforms for New Braunfels Utilities crews out in the * So the bleb this year wiU change slightly^ Ute
cold, with northerly winds at 15-25 miles per hour field. He’d even be willing to pay for some haircuts buying for three T-shirts three reginal^starts and
and gusty. The high will be near 30. Saturday night "I nUght as weU make my comment now," Sahm “ J JTeuiken^/^alun "*Utilities
and Sunday wiU be cloudy and even colder, with lows ^id at Thursday’s NBU board meeting. "We buy said ’ ^
in the mid-teens and a high in the upper-20s. them uniforms, dress'em up and then they have hair ‘ „
m down to their backs. I say we pay for some haircuts, ,,^ .. ... , ...
Spurs LOSS „ y “Before long, the field crews will end up with
The San Antonio Spurs lost a tough one, 126-122, to , with an NBU emblem on them,” Chairman
the Kansas City Kings Friday night to faU deeper The discussion was part of the boards Bill Brown remarked
into the Midwest Division cellar despite a season- authorization for NBU to take bids on uniforms for But Salon still had the last say-so I hat s okay, as high 30 points by Aitis Gilmore. 1984 Earl Taylor, Utilities administrative services long as they have a haircut."
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DEATHS.8V ........7 killed, 25 injured in Texas bus crash
KALEIDOSCOPE....................1-3B DEVERS, Texas (AP) — A church bus and a The accident occurred about 7 45 p m. on Texas
OPINIONS..........................4A tractor-trailer truck collided head on a highway in Highway 61, 24 miles south ofDevers, a small
SPORTS 8 9A liberty County Friday night, killing at least seven community on U.S. 90 about 25 miles west of
STOCKS............................3A “'d injuring at least 25, the Department of Public Beaumont.
WEATHER..........................2A Safety said. See CRASH, Page IZA
Eddie, answers the phone, he pretends to be Santa Claus Hie couple’s 10-year-old son Erie tells callers he’s Snowball the elf "It’s made Christmas sometlung very special for us." she said. "Everybody ought to do this because you really get to know what t hnst-mas means.”
One girl, Jackie, calls Mrs Santa
three and four tunes a day. "She keeps calling because she wants to talk to Santa Claus One of these limes PU let her talk to my husband, I suppose. She really enjoys it all."
The Midland Reporter-Telegram did another story on Mrs. Santa this year - only the Santa was Mrs.
See SANTA, Page 12A
1894 Christmas was a blast
By MARJORIE COOK
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Christmas Eve 1894 — albeit Holy Night a silent night in New Braunfels A terrible explosion wracked the town. An old cannon was blown to bits when fired down at Clemens Dam near the end (rf East Mill St Harry luanda's cattle — about 501) of them stampeded all over Comaltown and down town across the East San Antonio St. bridge They had been pastured on what is now Hinman Island and Prince Solms A grandmother who had set out for Christmas Eve at her son’s home a See CANNON, Page L2A -