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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 7, 1953, Winona, Minnesota Fair, Not So Cool Tonight; Warmer Thursday Support Your Community Chest VOLUME 53, NO. 196 SIX CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 7, 1953 TWENTY-TWO PAGES Fou Kidnapers Held Pietsch Suspended City Does Not By App ear at the hearing. Oct. 6 To whom it may concern: This is to certify that Otto P. Pietsch is now and for some con- siderable time past has been under my care. He had a coronary attack in June, aggravated during the past few days. It is my opinion that Mr. Pietsch is in no condition to leave his home or to do anything which might tend to excite him at this date or for a period of 10 days, At the present time he certainly is in no condition to be a principal in any trial or hearing. D. V. Boardman Army Suspends Several Signal WASHINGTON (.71 The Army announced last night the suspen- sion for secm-ity reasons of an undisclosed number of persons at its Signal Corps laboratory at Ft. Monmouth, N. J. It declined to give details. The Chicago Tribune press service said that among five persons suspended were two "top scientists engaged in the development of America's radar defenses against enemy at- tack." The Tribune did not disclose the source of information for its copy- righted story, but said the Army's investigation stemmed from an in- quiry by the Senate investigations subcommittee headed by Sen, Mc- Carthy The Chicago Tribune account said those suspended included "two other scientific workers and a clerical employe, similarly em- ployed in top secret military work." Defense Secrets "All five men have hnd ter from Pietsch and from his phy- sician to explain Pietsch's absence. The physician said that Pietsch was too ill to appear and would be for 10 days. Pietsch asked for an adjournment. To that request the Council did not agree. City Atty. Harold Streat- er, to substantiate his charge of misconduct in four witnesses office, in the presented hour-long Recorder Recorder By ADOLPH BREMER Republican-Herald City Editor The City Council voted 6-3 Tuesday night to suspend Otto P. Pietsch as city treasurer, giving him an opportunity to defend himseli before deciding whether he should be removed from office. Neither Pietsch nor his attorney made a personal appearance at the City Hall hearing last night. Pietsch, Physician Letters to Council Following is the letter from Otto P, Pietsch, requesting adjournment of the hearing to determine whether he should be discharged for misconduct in office. The letter was read at the hearing. October 6, 1953 I respectfully request an ad- journment of the hearing schedul- ed for tonight at p.m. until such time as my physical condi- tion permits me to attend such a hearing. As evidence of my condi- tion I attach hereto a statement of my physician, Dr. D. V. Board- man of Winona. I have learned that certain mem- bers the Council are not willing to adjourn the hearing as provided by Section 9 of Chapter 11 of the city charter, despite my physical condition. If members of the Coun- cil have already formed an opinion as to my guilt, I would not be af- forded a fair and impartial hearing and a trial of this matter as pro- vided by the charter would simply be a farce. I wish to reiterate at this time that I am not guilty of any mis- conduct in office. The charges against me are absolutely false and time will reveal who the guilty persons are. Respectfully, Otto P. Pietsch Following is the letter from Dr. D. V. Boardman. It was also read hearing: Assistant City Alfred G. Berndt, City Roy G. Wildgrube, Atty. Streater and Council President William P. Theurer. Their testimony told of the in- vestigation that had its beginning Aug. 5 when Berndt noted changes in the weight of the sacks of park- ing meter nickels between their collection and counting. Vote on Suspension Voting against the suspension were President Theurer; Vice President William F. 1st Ward alderman who presided at the hearing, and the other 1st Ward alderman, R. K. Ellings. They favored removing him from office immediately. In suspending Pietsch, the ma- jority of the Council declared the office vacant, permitting the ap- pointment of an acting treasurer to assist state public examiners here now and to administer the of- fice. At a brief recessed meeting of the Council following the hearing, the" aldermen, however, were un- able to name an acting treasurer and recessed again until 5 p.m. today. Aid. Ellings suggested that a bank employe be named acting treasurer. Band Accompaniment The courtroom was nearly crowded for the hearing. However, it was only after the municipal band stopped its rehearsal on the floor below that most of the benches were filled. Until many of the musicians came upstairs, the hearing proceeded to the ac- companiment of brisk band music which made it difficult to under- stand the speakers. After reading of the statement of charges and the letters from Pietsch and his physician, Streater advised the aldermen that they had these alternatives: 1. To de- clare the office vacant, vote to suspend Pietsch and hold the hear- ing at a later date; 2. vote to adjourn without any action; 3. vote not to adjourn, hear evidence and then act. Admitting that he was "some- what prejudiced, having participat- ed in the Streater said he was of the opinion that the hearing "should not be indef- initely postponed." Treasurer Needed "As a practical he said, "you can't go very long without a treasurer." City Recorder Roy G. Wildgrube, who was designated last week to handle receipts temporarily, said____ that no one is authorized to sign j ment program. The Confessed Slayers of six-year-old Bobby Greenlease who was kidnaped nine days ago in Kansas City, Bonnie Heady and Carl Hall answer questions in Neadstead District police station in St. Louis. (United Press Telephoto) TODAY Growing Pains In China By JOSEPH ALSOP HONG KONG look too much at the agony." Such is the motto of the wisest of the little group of specialists who are charg- ed with peering through this win- dow into China and assessing de- velopments there. The reason for this warning is all too good. The Peking govern- ment is trying to imitate the So- viet Union's remarkable feat, of pulling a backward country up by its bootstraps. But over-populated China has neither the empty spaces nor the surplus resources that Rus- sia benefited from. Hence the feat is bound to be infinitely more dif- ficult and painful. The agony has visibly begun. China's hundreds of millions of lit- tle people, who once welcomed the disciplined Communists as a relief from the disordered rapacity of the Nationalist regime, are that efficient rapacity learning is even worse. Hunger and death will stalk the land this winter. Even the se- curity forces might not have been strong enough if the strain in Ko- rea had not ended. Work on Improvements But if you can be cold-blooded enough to take your eyes off the agony, other things which alas possess much greater strategic im- portance come rapidly into view. These are the first s_tages of Com- munist China's national develop- checks except the treasurer. City checks must .be signed by the may- or, recorder and treasurer. Pay- roll checks are due Oct. 15. Third Ward Aid. Howard Bau- mann moved, with 4th Ward Aid. Joseph Karsina seconding that the hearing proceed. Second Ward Aid. William S. L. Christensen voted against the motion. The actual outcome of the eve- ning's proceedings was a combin- ation of the alternatives proposed by the city attorney. The Council held the hearing, declared the of- fice vacant, suspended Pietsch but adjourned the hearing for 10 days as to permit him to present evidence tr prevent removal from office. Like the inaugurators of every new Chinese dynasty in several millenia of history, the Commu- nists have given their first atten- tion to internal communications and public irrigation works. Great water conservancy and irrigation projects are already well advanc- ed on the Huai and Yellow Rivers. The ruined irrigation system of the rice bowl of the Middle Yangtse has been repaired. Simultaneously, an immense pro- gram of road and railroad con- struction has been pushed forward with surprising rapidity. A whole series of vital road and rail links secrets in the Tribune said in a dis- patch from Washington by Willard Edwards. The Army, in a brief statement, disclosed no names and did not specify the security charges. "These employes." it said, "have been given letters of charges stat- ing the reasons for their suspen- sion. They have the right within 30 days after the receipt of the charges to request a hearing be- fore a security hearing board." There were indications that the Council, at least as of last evening, is determined that a vote will be taken Oct. Pietsch ap- pears then or his removal from office. Pietsch is scheduled for a pre- liminary examination on a charge of second degree grand larceny in municipal court Oct. 20. That will involve the charge of State Public Examiner Richard A. Golling that Pietsch took S27.20 last Thursday from bags containing parking met- er receipts in the city recorder's has been constructed between parts his of China which used to be con- nected only by coolie tracks over vault. Over Missing The circumstances of the arrest en that specific charge were only briefly testified to at last night's hearing. No state official was pres- ent. Claims as to how much is miss- ing from the bags during the (Continued on Page 3, Column 2) PIETSCH HEARING the hills and by air. Significantly, the Old Burma Road, the railroad from Yunnan province to the Indo- China border, and the road and rail approaches from Kwantung province to Indochina have all been repaired and in some cases greatly improved. Push Military Roads Also significant are the military roads being pushed into the drab Here Is The Scene at St. Joseph, Mo., where the body of kidnaped Bobby Greenlease was found. The stake near the corner of the house occupied by Mrs. Heady marks the spot. An FBI man is in the background. (United Press Telephoto) Here Workmen are digging up the body of Bobby Greenlease in the yard of the Heady home at St. Joseph, Mo. (United Press Telephoto) State Man Convicted On 2 Morals Charges MINNEAPOLIS W) Ervin S. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST Fair, not quite so cool tonight. Child's Body Buried In Shallow Grave Most of Ransom Paid By Family Sunday Night Recovered KANSAS CITY (JP) Kidnaped Bobby Greenlease was found slain today and a man and a woman were be- ing held by the FBI as his abductors. The body of the 6-year-old boy was in a shallow grave at St. Joseph, Mo., near the home of the arrested woman. The FBI said ransom had been turned over to the kidnapers last Sunday by Bobby's 71-year-old multi- millionaire father. The greater portion of this money was recovered, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover said in Wash- ington. Tue couple was arrested by police at St. Louis. They are Mrs. Bonnie Brown Heady, 41, and Carl Austin Hall, 37. Hoover said Hall had admitted shooting the boy. He added that Hail, an ex-convict, and the woman had im- I plicated Thomas John Marsh, 37. Both Hall and Marsh have served terms in the Missouri state penitentiary. Hall was reported to have had ransom money in his possession when arrested. Bobby's badly decomposed body was found, the FBI said, following the arrest of the pair. But police were not. able to say immediately just when the child had been slam. The family was notified of the boy's death by the FBI this morning. Wiggins, formerly of Wfflmar, Thursday fair and warmer. Low was convicted in federal court! wastes of mountains Chinhai and of Sikang the wild province (where the favorite hors d'oeuvre of the half savage local tribespeo- ple used to be new born baby These roads, plus the military roads that are being built into Ti- bet will put the Chinese in a posi- tion to look right down the throats of the Nepalese and the Indians. Then, too, much work has al- ready been done on the Chinese links of the two new Trans-Asiatic (Continued on Page 7, Column 1) I prison and fined Hong Kong Tuesday on two white slavery charges involving transportation of women from Des Moines to Min- neapolis and Minneapolis to Super- ior, Wis., for immoral purposes. He was acquitted on two other charges. Sentencing was deferred by Judge Robert C. Bell. Chinaman Sentenced For Plucking Birds HONG KONG Chinese ac- cused of plucking the feathers from live sparrows and offering the birds for sale as food- today six months in j tonight 40, high Thursday 70. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for the hours ending at 12 m. today: Maximum, 57; minimum, noon, 57; precipitation, none; 24 35; j sun! Fargo Man Struck By Car Succumbs DULUTH, Minn, by a car on a Duluth street, Edward C. Jerstad, 60, Fargo, N.D., died in St. Lukes Hospital here Tuesday night. Jerstad suffered head injuries, bruises and a possible leg frac- ture. The car was driven by Frank P. Horgan, 61, Duluth. ALSOPS p (d :ollars t AIRPORT WEATHER (No. Central Observations) Max. temp. 55 at noon, min. 34 at a.m. Scattered layer of clouds at feet, visibility 15 miles, wind 12 miles per-hour from southeast, barometer falling, humidity 50 per cent. Girl Darts in Front I Of Automobile, Killed j ST. PAUL U) Barbara Ann, 4-year-old daughter of Mrs. Betty Wigcher, was killed late Tuesday when she darted into the path of a car in front of her Selby avenue home before the horrified eyes'of her mother. Her death was the city's 25th traffic fatality of the year, compared with 13 on this date one year ago. A family physician who called at the home a short time later, said the father, Robert C. Green- lease, took the news hard but then appeared to become reconciled to it. Mrs. Greenlease, in her jnid- 40s. has been under the doctor's care since the kidnaping. Murder and kidnaping are both, punishable under Missouri law by a maximum penalty of death in the gas chamber. In the case of kidnaping, the death penalty may be imposed by a jury regardless whether the victim was slain or released unharmed. The boy was kidnaped byN a woman from an exclusive private Catholic school here Sept. 23 just ten days ago. She posed as his aunt to get him from a nun by saying his mother had suffered a heart attack. Three days of silence at the Greenlease home was broken ear- ly today by the reappearance of Robert Lcdterman of Tulsa, Okla., a family spokesman who had been missing there for three days. His return prompted hope that ransom negotiations had been successful and the boy's return was imminent. Then came the quick, tragic turn in developments. Hall told St. Louis police he first became acquainted with the Green- lease family years ago when he attended the same school with Paul Greenlease, an adopted son who now is associated in the auto- mobile business with the father. Hall admitted he had been plan- ning the kidnaping of Bobby for about two years. He related: "I put it (the body) in a big plastic bag and buried the boy in a grave I dug in the back yard. I placed flowers on the boy when I buried him." Letter Studied Both the Greenleases and au- thorities decided the ransom let- ter received Sept. 28 was a bona- fide contact with, the kidnapers. The address on the letter appeared to be in a child's handwriting but handwriting experts later deter- mined it was not Bobby's. The letter bore instructions for Greenlease to pack the money in a duffel then drive bis car with a white rag on the radio aerial along Main street between 29th and 39th streets in Kansas City. The letter demanded the money come from all 12 federal reserve districts. The letter specified that when he was ready to make the drive he was to insert a classified ad in the personal column of the Star. It was to read: "C. Will meet you this week in Chicago. G." Before an opportunity came for the insertion of the ad another letter was received, changing the ad to read: meet you in Chicago Sunday. G." The ad was inserted in the Kan- sas City Star last Wednesday after- noon and in its morning edition of the Times Thursday. The second letter said not to make the drive along Main street but to await further instructions. Enclosed was the school pin. Officers went to the room Hall had taken at a motor car court. Two suitcases full of money and a pistol were found. The two bags contained about mostly in 10 and 20 dollar bills. Hall said he thought he had got drunk and had lost another suitcase with the re- mainder of the money. He told newsmen he had started to give himself up several times. Further questioning brought from HaD the admission that he wrapped the body in a canvas cover and buried it in the back yard. Mrs. Heady said "I've been half drunk since the kidnaping." She was almost incoherent as the questioning began, but later regained her composure. Her face Hunted Kidnaper Marked Man, Has Name on Forearm WASHINGTON Hi Thomas John Marsh, 37-yeaf-old ex-convict sought in the Bobby Greenlease kidnap killing case, is a marked man he has his name tattooed on his right forearm. As a broad hunt went forward for Marsh, the FBI today released this description. Marsh wears many tattoos. One is in the form of a cross on the right forearm with the inscription "In Memory of Sister Tom Marsh." Marsh is a native of Willow Springs, 111., 5 feet, 6 inches tall with brown hair, blue eyes, and ruddy complexion. His build is stocky, but his exact weight is not noted in the FBI files. He has a birthmark on the left side of the nose. His various tattoos include: A dagger with a snake on the left forearm; a skull and crossbones on the left shoulder; a small heart at the base of his left thumb; an Odd Fellow insignia on the left forearm with the let- ters "F.L.T." Marsh's left ring finger has been amputated at the first joint. He also has a scar on his inner right wrist. bore scratches. She said Hall had struck her and that she fell while drunk. Bobby wasn't frightened when she took him from the school, Mrs. Heady said. She said she was nervous at the time "but he was such a sweet child." "He came so she said, "He talked about getting a dog and ice She told police she turned the boy over to Hall a few blocks from the school. Mrs. Heady said she never saw the "Tom" mentioned by Hall and that she didn't know him. Hall said he wrote two letters to the family and made "four or five" telephone contacts with mem- bers of the family. Enclosed Medal In one of the letters, Hall said, he enclosed a medal Bobby was wearing on his clothing when he was taken from the school. St. Louis police arrested Hall on a tip that he was .spending a lot of money. He was questioned by police from midnight Tuesday night until a.m. today. Then he broke down and admit- ted the kidnaping, .implicating Mrs. Heady. Police picked up the woman at a St. Louis apartment which the couple had shared after arriving in St. Louis last Monday. Hall said he and Mrs. Heady had an argument and he had left the apartment after giving her In describing the argument and the breakup, Hall said went a little out of my head." Hall told police he knew the Greenlease car and had watched the boy go to school in the family auto several times. He added that he watched the child closely for a week or .so before the kidnaping. Ransom Paid The family received a letter from the kidnapers that night, ,it, was disclosed today. The address on the letter presumably was in a child's handwriting. The note was printed in "block letters. The letter demanded ransom in 10 and 20 dollar bills, the money to be stuffed in an Army duffel bag. The bulky bag of money was (Continued on Page 19, Column 4) KIDNAPING ;