Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - May 22, 1959, Long Beach, California
KILLER OF 11 WINS LAST-HOUR STAY Judge Halts Execution to Permit Plea Starkweather Gets Two Weeks to File Habeas Corpus Writ LINCOLN, Neb.: Charles Starkweather, 20 year-old slayer of 11, won a two weeks slay of execution today a little more than an hour before hn was to go to the electric chair. Chief Federal District Judge Richard Robinson of Omaha stayed the execution until June 4. He said that woulc give Starkweather time to appeal a District Court denia of a writ of habeas corpus. Starkweather was" sched uled for execution about a.m.' for one of the slayings during a murder tampage 16 months ago. The stubby red haired youth was accused o! gun and knife killings. Official witnesses and news men were already gathering in a predawn thunderstorm when State Penitentiar Warden John Greenholtz noti ficd them the execution haook appeared, Miss Emily Wheelock Reed, director of he Alabama Public Library service division, which lends Kioks to local libraries hroughout the ordered the book placed on the agency's reserve shelves. Miss Reed said the rabbit 3Ook had not been banned but merely withdrawn from gen- eral circulation. Librarians seeking the volume for their ocal libraries may obtain it now only by specific request Some still carry it on their open shelves, Miss Reed said She said-she and members of her staff bad received com- plaints about the book anc that a member of the Legisla- ture, Sen. E. 0. Eddins, ques- tioned it. MEANWHILE, the publish- ers issued a statement from the author saying the book had "no polilical signifi- cance." Williams, now in Califor- nia, added in Ihe slatement "I was completely unaware that animals with white fur such as white polar bears and white dogs and white rabbits, were considerec blood relations of white be horse looks very picturesque." Williams said his story was not written for adults. He said they "will not under- stand it, because it is only about a s o f t furry love and las no hidden massage of Killer of 2 Executed at San Quentin SAN QUENTIN ard G. Riser, 33, went calmly to his death in the prison gas chamber today after two dearly meals. He paid the penalty for a double murder after receiving three reprieves. Convicted in 1956 of -the murder of a man and his wife in Stanislaus County, Riser saw three other execution dates come and go. ON TUESDAY, Gov. Ed- mund G. Brown rejected Ris- er's plea for clemency. "I'll never grant executive clem ency in robbery cases where a gun was the gov- ernor said. Riser and his brother, Ros- coe, 34, were convicted of the. July 11, 1955, holdup- murder of Earl Hastings and his wife, Pauline, at Hilltop Cafe near Oakdale. Richard Riser was sent enced to death. Roscoe got a life term and is in Folsom Prison. Jackson, 18, were apprehend- ed near the Pike after words were exchanged between members of their respective groups. t HE SAID that after conver- sation in the police car. with the officers about his arrest, Woolhether backhanded him in the face and pulled his head onto Woolhether's lap. "Then he (Woolhether) hit me on the back, of my head about' 10 Sligar claimed. "I sort of blacked out. The next thing I knew, we were on a parking lot (near poljce 1 i i- "BOTH 'OFFICERS jumped out and I opened the door on my side. think it was me in the :ace. "Then both of them worked >e over." Sligar said that later an of- icer, who he thought was Schmeling, got a choke-hold on his neck and'he lost con- sciousness. When he came to, he landcuffed. He said he re- membered being hit in the stomach after being cuffed. s SLIGAR, WHO IS being on charges of intoxica- tion, disorderly conduct and resisting testified he drank only one can ot beer five hours before his arrest. He denied any resistence, ex- Continued Page A-6, Col. 1) Pholos by Baxter Omohundro ROBBIE ALAN MAILANDER, almost 3, snoozes peacefully on a studio couch at Torrance police station early today after going for a midnight stroll. Below, holding a half-chewed doughnut, he gives his mother, Esther Maiiander, a sticky kiss on the nose as she claims the little wanderer. DRAWING OF A GIRL with stringed instrument and bow was one of a number completed by 20-year-old Charles Starkweather as he waited in the Ne- braska penitentiary to be executed for murder. Today Starkweather, shown left handcuffed during his trial, was granted a stay of photo.) Five Burn to Death in Ontario ONTARIO small children and their father died Thursday night when flames raced through their home. Robert Burk, 29, an unem- ployed dairy worker, was baby-silling with the children while his wife, Joan, 26, was working as a waitress-at a coffee shop. "There was a noise like an said one neigh-1 bor, "and the place was in' flames." t NEIGHBORS TRIED to fight through the fire but were forced back. Firemen forced their way in behind fire hoses and pulled out Burk and the children. The father and a daughter, Barbara, 6, were pronounced dead at the scene. Tony, 7, Terry, 4, and Bobby Lynn, 2, were pronounced dead at nearby hospitals. Fire Chief Lloyd Hopkins said he believed a cigarette started the fire in a living- room couch. Burk's body was found nearby. Mrs. Burk, two months pregnant, was placed under a doctor's care. She collapsed when she was summoned, home. Housing-Bill Victory Buoys Demos' Hopes WASHINGTON walkaway victory by House Democrats in their battle for large-scale federal housing aids enhanced prospects today for other Demo- cratic programs. By a lusty 261-160 vote, the House Thursday passed a Democratic-backed housing bill after up- setting every Republican ef- fort to whittle it down to administration size. The result put Congress squarely at odds with Presi- dent Eisenhower in the po- itically tinged hassle over spending versus the balanced budget A MORE immediate result was to generate new steam behind proposals for a billion dollars of federal aid for local public works projecls, and a quarter billion dollars of gov- ernment loans and grants to assist depressed areas. Earlier this month the House Banking Committee, which brought forth the big housing bill, gave two-to-one approval to a 251-million-dol Jar program of aid to com- Weather- Considerable cloudi ness through Saturday. Chance of scattered morning showers. munities suffering economic dislress due to chronic unem- ployment. The Senate has passed a similar 389-milIion dollar bill. An almost identical meas- (Coritinued Page A-6, Col. 5) WHERE TO FIND, IT The State Assembly's Dem- ocratic majority was on the spot today after the Senate overrode Gov. Brown's veto of a bill allowing supervisors to fire counly counsel. See Page A-7. Beach B-l. Hal A-17. A-17. C-7 to 16. B-10, II. A-15. Death B-2, A-16. B-3. Shipping A-18. C-l to 6. B-6. Tides, TV, A-20. Vital B-4. A-17. B-8, 9. Your A-2. TORRANCE Three-year- old Robbie Alan Maiiander 'ound his Mommy eight hours after he began a nocturnal search for her. The blond, blue-eyed boy and his mother were reunited in the local police station where the lad was taken about II p.m. Thursday after he had slipped from the famijy home at 19326 Beckworth Ave. Clad only in a one-piece due the tot was 'ound wandering in the park- ng lot of a supermarket about hree blocks from the Mai- ander home, HIS MOTHER, Mrs. Esther vlailander, said her son had been in bed when she left for work as a waitress in an nglewood restaurant about 11 p. m. "He apparently heard my :ar start and wanted to fol- low she said. Robbie's absence went un- noticed most of the night by bis grandmother, Mrs. Audra Maiiander, and father, Robert. The father left for work this morning without noticing the boy was gone. The grand- mother was the first to dis- cover his absence. ROBBIE ROMPED around the police station for more than ,an hour making friends with all the officers before becoming sleepy. Police Mat- ron Pat Speaks tucked him into bed on a couch. When he awakened, offic- ers had hot oafmeal and milk for him. He was just finish- ing when his mother Alternately laughing and weeping with joy, she hugged her son and started to take him home. Robbie eyed his new friends. "I don't wanna go he said. Herter Says U. S. Would Talk on Arms Links Proposal to Settlement of German Unification By JOHN HIGHTOWER GENEVA of State Christian A. Herter said today the United States s prepared to resume gen- eral disarmament negotia- tions with the Soviet Union at any time. He made the bid to revive negotiations in a speech. to the Big Four conference. He dealt-specifically with West- ern proposals for security and disarmament measures linked to a German peace set- tlement based on reunifica- tion. Herter also told Soviet For- eign Minister Andrei A. Gro- myko that Russia is losing the propaganda battle over contradictory Soviet and Western proposals for Ge'r- many. People over the said, "have been disappoint- ed" in Gromyko's negative reaction to the Western peace plan. Other conference develop- ments today: I. French Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville said a Western proposal for uniting East and West Ber- lin is designed as a pilot proj- ect for German unification. He said it was put first in the Western program for that rea- son and because of -Soviet pressures for a new Berlin agreement. .2. Gromyko introduced an amendment to his proposal for a German peace treaty which wouuld allow East and West Germany to retain their present economic ties with other nations. However, the West has long since rejected the whole Soviet treaty draft. 3. A spokesman disclosed Gromyko has reopened his fight to bring Communist Po- land and Czechoslovakia to the- conference iable 'and called on the Western powers to agree to this in the next few days. Herter told Gromyko that some disarmament measures are included in the Western plan because they are closely tied to European security steps. He mentioned imposi- (Continued Page A-6, Coli 1) Man Kills Himself With Plastic Bag NEW YORK trans- parent plastic type that has been a playtime death trap for at least a score of children in the nation in the past few months was used by a 60-year-old man here to commit suicide. The body of Theodore Evant, with a plastic bag" over his head and lied around his neck, was found Thursday in his bed. North Carolina Boy Killed by Plastic Bag WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (UPI) A 7-months-old boy suffocated Thursday when a plastic shirt bag became wrapped around his head. Living Costs Index Keeps Same Level Sharp reductions in 'egg prices kept the cost of Hying in April at the same level as March for the Long Beach- Los Angeles area. A report to that effect was made today by the U. S. Bu- reau of Labor Statistics. The overall consumer price index stood at 126.6, marking the sixth consecutive montn in which there was virtually no change in' the level. THE FIGURE, however, is only one-tenth of a point be- low the all-time high in Feb- ruary of this year. Egg prices in April de- clined per cent. Eggs sold at their lowest price since April J946, due to abun- dant supplies. A ,1 per cent decline in cof- fee prices also helped keep the overall index level. The costs for used cars, auto repairs, recrealion and medical care were up slightly. Medical care, at 146.4, is Ihe costliest category in the major fields used to compute the index.