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Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - March 24, 1959, Long Beach, California MRS. DUNCAN RULED SANE. MUST DIE BOAT TRAGEDY STIRS PROBE Judge Cites Psychiatry Test Results Duncan to Assist Sullivan's Plea for New Trial VENTURA Convicted murderess Elizabeth Duncan was ruled sane today. She has been condemned to death far hiring the slaying of her son's pregnant bride. Superior Judge Charles F. Blackstock made the ruling in a seven-minute proceeding. Mrs. Duncan took the rul- ing without apparent emotion. She was her usual chipper self as she entered the court room. SHE WAS CONVICTED of first degree murder last week after a four-week trial and the same jury set her punish- ment at execution in the gas chamber. The state charged that he.- jealous love of her son, Frank, drove her to promise two men to kill her daughter-in-law, Olga, 30. Judge Blackstock based his ruling on reports of two court-appointed psychiatrists, "it is a foregone conclusion what I must he said. "The psychiatrists have said the defendant was sane at the time of the offense." DETAILS OF the psychi- atrists' conclusions after their examinations of the 54-year- old Mrs. Duncan were not disclosed. At a previous hearing to set Mrs. Duncan's penalty, one of the psychiatrists, Dr. Louis R. Nash, said she was sane but mentally ill. Defense attorney S. Ward Sullivan made a motion for a new trial, citing alleged errors by the court and a contention that the jury reached its ver- dict on information heard and read outside the courtroom rather than on the evidence. Judge Blackstock set April 3 for arguments on the new trial motion and for pro- nouncing sentence. Sullivan announced that Frank Duncan, himself an at- (Continued on Pg. A-7, Col. 1) L 6. Woman Drowns on Way to Catalina HOME The Southland's Finest Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1959 43 P K I C E 1 0 C K N T S CLASSIFIED 2-5939 32 PAGES TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 EDITION (Six Editions Daily) Vows Cohen Paid Off on Killing Threat Witness Asserts He Sot to 'Stay Neutral' WASHINGTON (UPI) coin-machine operator testi- fied today that he paid Los Angeles hoodlum Mickey Cohen to "stay neu- tral" in a business struggle DOUBLE MARITAL ERROR Student Dies Two L B. After 2 Days Changing Partners n Deep Two Long Beach couples prepared to swap mates today in Las Vegas, in hopes the switch would undo a double marital mistake. "Enrly this year, we decided we were married to the wrong said 23-year-old Joe D. Ratcliff of 3349 Falcon Ave. I "We got together, sat down and worked this thing Ratcliff's wife, Deloris Lor- raine, 23, and Mrs, ijean Muncy, 25, between panics. two vending corn- Gloria received their divorces Monday on grounds of mental cruelty. Each received custody of her own children. TODAY, THEY took out marriage licenses Ratcliff the dotted line Thomas A. Vaughn, presi- dent of the New Orleans Cig- arette Service Corp., said the payment was made after Cohen indicated he had a "contract" to kill one of Vaughn's business asso- ciates, George M. Seedman. Vaughn said he went to Los Angeles in 1957 to assist president of the Rowe Service Co., in its com-, petition with the Coast Cig- Ratcl'" bccamc acquainted with the ex-Mrs. Muncy, and Bill L. Muncy, 25, teaming with the ex-Mrs. Ratcliff. Ralcliff said he met Mrs. g Muncy a year ago at a bowl- j ing alley. Muncy and Mrs. Meat Plant Blast Kills 2 14 Injured OKLAHOMA CITY Two men were killed, 14 snown injured and at least six were trapped when a leavy ice house plunged six floors through Wilson Co.'s jig meat-packing plant here arette Service. Vaughn's New, several month's later at a Orleans firm with Rowe. COAST GUARDSMEN work over the blanket-covered form of Mrs. Evelyn Gel- ston on deck of fishing boat White Cap here Monday as her husband, Charles W. Gelston, stands at upper left. Woman was pronounced dead minutes later. Mdcmillan Leaves, Predicting Success WASHINGTON (AP) Prime Minister Harold Macmillan headed for home after his talks with President Eisenhower today predicting "we shall suc- ceed" in negotiations over Berlin. Homicide detectives today were checking the death of a Long Beach woman who re- lortedly fell from the deck of recalled that he had said on arrival here Thursday that disputes between the Soviet most conferences. Dead Bride 'Surgery' Plan Told BURBANK say a 16-year-old bride had an appointment with an abor- tionist before she died on a hospital lawn. Mrs. Ruth Haskins, 42, told officers Monday night that she arranged for the illegal surgery on attractive Mrs. Brenda Emerson of Beverly Hitls. But Mrs. Haskins, a con- victed abortionist, denied knowing anything about the operation, if there was one. Police said they were seek- ing a salesman who worked with Mrs. Haskins. Mrs. Haskins was arrested in Tijuana. Homicide detec- tives took her into custody as she started to board a plane for Mexico City. THE YOUNG BRIDE was found dead Saturday after at- tendants at St. Joseph Hos- pital received an anonymous telephone call. Two needle marks were on her arm an< buttocks. Examiners found no evidence of an abortion, al (Continued on Pg. A-7, Col. 3 Macmiltan left in apparent confidence that the strategy for negotiations leading to- ward a summit conference, worked out between him and il-i task, but one in which we shall succeed." MACMILLAN was grateful to SAID he Eisenhower VAUGHN SAID he enlisted the help of "Babe" McCoy, a disbarred fight promoter, and through McCoy learned that Cohen's friend, Fred Sica, had been offered to aid the Coast Company. Vaughn said he and Seed- man were apprehensive over Cohen's interest in the mat- ter and decided to offer him On one occasion, he sociatccj! dance attended by both cou- 'ples. Throughout preparations for tlle complicated switch, al remained pals, Ratcliff )rieoiy IIM. uum Cohen told him he had Catalma-bound fishing boat __ owned by her husband. The victim was Mrs. Evelyn Gelston, 46, of 127C Chestnut Ave. Mrs. Gelslon a strong swimmer, according to her husband, Charles, 38 was aboard the 35-foot boat White Cap when it left San Pedro's Fish Harbor at 10 a.m. Mon- day. been offered a con- Eisenhower, will avert a mil- ror his hospitality and that itary showdown over Berlin, he considered trie informality In a departure statement at'of Camp David, Md., a better the airport the prime minister background for discussing world problems than the more formal surrounding of Union and the Western pow- ers should be settled "by ne- gotiation and not by force." "I HAVE NO he The main Eisenhower-Mac- millah talks were held over the weekend at the and guarded presidentia i iirt vr, IKU UIJUUL, ii'i _. said today, "that so long as (Continued on Pg. A-7. Col. 5) YOUR COMPLEXES MAY BE SHOWING SHE KILLS IT 'Escaping Gas' Is Rattlesnake SAN BERNARDINO Elaine Wil- liams heard a sound like escaping gas from a pres- sure cooker, but she knew she didn't have anything on the stove. Mrs. Williams searchec the house, found a rattle snake in her son's bedroom and killed it with the help of a neighbor. we stand firmly by our prin- we shall ee world has everything to ain from being ready to ne" CfCW All Jet Crashes, otiate." But we must not conceal om ourselves that the next w months will be a testing for the whole free orld. "The first phase is drawing an end and we are about o embark upon the next About p.m., Gelston told police, the woman went below to fix sandwiches. CREWMAN WALTER SCHENK of 2820 Cherry Ave. the only other person aboard the asleep in the cabin. "When she didn't come back after a few minutes, I yelled for Gelston said "I got no answer." Gelston said he woke up Schenk. They turned the boa about, and after a 20-minute search found Mrs. Gelston (Continued on Pg. A-7, Col. 5 MORRILTON, A six-engine bomber crashed into a moun- :age. Difficult decisions will ave to be made. "While we must be reason ale in negotiation, we must ,so stand firmly on our ights and upon the positions 'hich will have a efend. It will be Ark. Air said. The Ratcliffs, who were married here Oct. 3, 1954 have two 3, and Jeanne, 18 months. The M u n c y s, married in Long Beach Oct. 25, 1951, have a daughter, Deborah Ann, 5. While the wives were shar- ing a motel room in Vegas to establish Nevada residence, the two husbands stayed today. The number of injured may go higher. And the number of trapped could rise. There was no exact count of just how many people were in the building. Fire Chief Haskell Graves gave the casualty count. He said the six remaining inside were ones that rescue work- ers could definitely find. ract "to put Seedman's lights ;homc to earn money to fi- nance the switch. Ratcliff is He said Cohen refused toja mechanic, Muncy a pile- accept but finally settled for cash and a 'verbal IOU" for which ater was paid. The committee did not jring out what part went to Cohen and what part went to Sica, a convicted robber. THE COMM.TTF.E began looking into juke box racket- eering on the West Coast af- ter listening to Carlos Mar- cello, alleged underworld boss in southern Louisiana, invoke (Continued on Pg. A-7, Col. 2) driver operator. THE TWO couples 'told rc- Repealed Attempts to Rescue Stuck Youth All Fail By HAL COOPER BUXTON, England Oxford freshman trapped for nearly two days in a rock crevice feet under- ground died today after res- cuers repeatedly had failed in a desperate struggle to free him. The 20-year-old student and amateur explorer, Neill Moss, fell feet first Sunday after- noon into the Devil's Hole of Britain's deepest cave. He had been unconscious since Sun- day night but early today had been reported breathing "quite well" with the aid of oxygdn administered to him at intervals. Police announced his death as Britain tensely followed the heartbreaking rescue tempt here in the English midlands. 4 MOSS' STRENGTH had ebbed steadily in the foul air of the narrow rock shaft. "He must be built like an ox to last this the doctor giv- THREE PERSONS who had been trapped were freed. One was dead. Ammonia lines lorn loose by the falling ice structure sent searing gas through the building and area. But Fire Capt. Bert Kuner said the ice house, resting on big wooden beams, simply crashed through the floor. On the way down it tore loose porters they planned to wei WHERE TO FIND IT Vermonters go their own in Las Vegas later today and "spend the night on the town" before heading back to Long Beach to look for new. homes. Ratcliff's father, Herbert E. Ratcliff, also of 334f) Fal- con Ave., said he had not known of plans for the mate- they came as quite a surprise." "I suppose if they're not happy, now's the time to do something about 25 years from he sighed. "Still, it's quite a jolt when you think of your two lovely ammonia lines. :d One of the dead was identi- fied as S. S. Miranda, 61. ONE MAN was reportedly trapped on the fourth floor. Two were trapped in the base- ment and at least one of these was alive. Ambulances shuttled be- tween the plant's southside ing him oxygen said early to- day. The husky, 170-pound col- legian's shoulders were wedged so tight 40 feet down n the S-shaped rock shaft that four attempts to pull him ree Monday failed. A rope slipped under his limp arms broke each time. Rescuers tried to work from both ends of the hollow shaft holding the 6-foot-2 cave explorer captive. v jnujiLcia uu men uwni- way as actress Diane Varsi, godchildren i n vo 1 v ed ,n seeking solitude in escape this." [stockyards location and city hospitals. NO ONE was sure exactly what happened, but thick am- monia fumes made resue worK dangerous. "We don't know what hap- JUNE BAILEY, a 5-foot blonde weighing only 106 pounds, wriggled her way down into the funnel but gave up after six hours. The petite member of a cave res- cue squad said she got witH- in sight of Moss but was driven back by foul air. Moss, a first-year Oxford student and the son of a cot- ton executive, went exploring in the cave with several friends on Sunday but strayed from the party. The under a Derbyshire hillside world, moves into apartment.-----V. in Bennington. Story on Page lnB Corp. before leavmg for A-3. Oil Firm's Plane Forcc Falls, Pilot Dies SAN ANTONIO, Tex. tain today with an explosion An oji company plane taking that rocked buildings in m dense fog narrowly rilton, 15 miles away. [missed a house, crashed in flames and killed the pilot The five crew members parachuted to safety. A spokesman at Little today. Rescuers snatched two in- Rock Air Force Base, where jurcd men, the only others the RB47 Stratojet was sta- aboard, from the burning tioned, said the plane was on wreckage, a training mission when it Guy Franklin Walter Jr., Jean about 45, the pilot, died in crash. duty to smashed into Petit a Beach B-I. Hal A-ll. A-ll. C-6 to 11. B-6, 7. C-6. Death B-2. A-IO. B-3. Shipping C-G. C-I, 5. C-4. Tides, TV, C-12. A-M. B-4, 5. said plant general owned by the royal family on the grounds of historic Pev- ril Castle. Some of the tunnels are only a foot high circling around an underground lake. Moss' cries of "Help me! ..._______the sev- I'm at 1 p.m. Sunday pany president. "This is floor reportcdly feil brought others in the party small office, and to the basement. quickly to the crevice in auiiiunc in i i j 11 from Hollywood glamour Both wives had worked as manrlger o. W. Gafney. 'It at the California Fund- starteti on the seventh floor, ing Corp. before leaving for wherc the floor collapsed. It Las Vegas. might have been from an am- "We had to let them go monja lank explosion, located when we found out what a next door." said Roypial, A big jc2 on talk Don't Be a Bully-Drive Care-Fully! LOS ANGELES you a showoff driver? Maybe you're showing more than you what makes you tick. If you're always taking corners on two wheels or burning rubber in sensational getaways, look out. Folks in the know believe they can spot you for what you are: An immature, anti-social, sexually inferior, angry bully. And maybe a budding criminal. Well, says a Los Angeles psychiatrist, you may not be all of those things. There's a good chance, though, that you're some of them. And, deep down, you probably know it yourself. Reckless drivers often use their car as an outlet for angry, aggressive feelings, Dr. Jerome M. Kummer says. Kummer is with the UCLA Medical Center. He spoke at a safety meeting Monday. Are you a hotrod type? Then, Kummer says, it may well be you're trying to cover up feelings of sexual inadequacy. This applies both with teenage boys and their fathers gunning what Kummer calls "hotrods of a more sophis- ticated cars. Many of the qualities leading to persistent showoff driving are of a criminal nature, the psychiatrsit believes. "And, let's face Kummer says. "Reckless driving is a criminal activity." Wait a minute! Just because you drive like a gentle- man doesn't mean you're in the clear. Kummer says if you fail to keep your car in good mechanical condition, there's some type of emotional dis- order in your psychological makeup. Any driver who picks up lots of traffic tickets or bashed fenders, Kummer feels, should get a psychiatric examination along with his fine. The roads would be a lot safer for the rest of us, he says, if those with emo- tional defects were barred from driving. Quake Jolts Bay Area, No Damage BERKELEY resi- dents felt it and no damage vas reported, but modci'- tcly strong earthquake shook he San Francisco Bay VIonday at p.m. Police said only ftw tele- phone calls came from per- sons asking if there had been quake. Seismologist Don Tocher at the University of Califor- nia said his instrumenls showed it to be a 4.25 tem- blor on the Richter scale which reckons the destructive quake of 1906 at 8.25. Dr. Tocher said ft was cen- tered about 20 miles from Berkeley but he could not de- termine the direction. The whole building area which he had fallen, was immediately evacuated Ron Peters, who went down The plant employs per- head first four times to fasten sons. A number by number-a rope around the trapped check of each worker was being made to see just whom was injured, trapped or un- harmed. "It trembled like an cartn- quake for 2 or 3 the meat cutting department on the third floor. "Then the whole thing fell in." student, said: "It was abso- lute hell down there." Another rescue worker ex- plained: "You have to walk more than a mile from the entrance to the cave and then said Fred Russ who works in crawl 600 feet on your stom- Weather- Mostly clear tonight and sunny Wednesday. Slightly warmer Wednes- day. ach. You can just see the dim outline of Moss' body reflect- ed in a storm lamp." JUNE BAILEY In Rescue Try NEIL MOSS Dies in Cave ;