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FBI Agents Search for Slayers of Banker's Family GRANDIN, Mo. (UPI) — FBI agents and scores of state and local police searched wooded Ozark Hill country Thursday for extortionists who bound a banker, his wife and their 17- year-old daughter to trees and shot them to death. Investigators picked up and questioned two strangers in the community—identified as ex­ convicts from Maryville, Mo.— who reportedly had been asking questions about Grandin. But no link between them and the Pregnant? Need Help? For abortion assistane« and information on a confidential confidential basis . . . call us — wo will help you. AMERICAN FAMILY PLANNING (215) 449-2006 (215) 449-2007 (anytime) killings was revealed. Sheriff Lewis Dawes said four plastic bags containing what appeared to be marijuana were The Good In Tragedy dynamite wired to his chest. Stanley said the banker scooped money from a vault into a sack and left. Authorities found in the men’s car. The said as Kitterman left he told men were charged with posses- another acquaintance, “My sion of marijuana while the questioning continued. Dawes indicatefl investigators had not ruled out the possibility that the killers were local residents who were well acquainted acquainted with Robert Kitterman, Kitterman, 43, president of the Bank of Grandin, his wife Bertha, 38, and their daughter Roberta. He said extortionists known to the family might have killed so they could not be identified. The Kittermans have two other daughters, Kathy, 15, and Patricia, 14. FEDERAL CASE At least 21 FBI agents were at work in this hamlet of 250 persons, presumably because an estimated $13.000 had been taken from the bank, thus making it a federal case. Kitterman took the money Wednesday when he entered the bank while it was closed for the lunch hour, walked in a strange “stooped over” fashion and told bookkeeper Ralph Stanley not to turn on lights or electrical switches because there was wife held Goes WESTINGH0USE Heavy Duty Parmanant Frets DRYERS Model «70 * Matching Washers * Rangas * Refrigerators Refrigerators * Freezers DANIEL DiNARDO "We Service Whet We Sell" Beech 4 Charlotte St». — Phone 32M25* . . , A and daughter are being and a deputy found the bodies KiUerman to another about five a hostage by some ex tor-of the victims. Mrs. Kitterman feet away. tionists. Call the Highway a’,id her daughter, whose The girj had sho( in the Patrol. engagement was announced back 0f the head and lay A search was started. Less only Wednesday, were tied by! slumped on a purple satin on than two hours ltaer, Dawes the wrists to one tree and pillow. Her parents each had ex! been shot in the temple. Fearing sticks of dynamite I were strapped inside the j banker’s shirt, authorities at least first sent for bomb experts, I Dawes said there was no ; dynamite on Kitterman, but was markings on his skin indicated • that something had been tied to Life' for Ends Family GRANDIN, Mo. (UPI) Until Until the murders, Robert Kitterman and his family had a good life, enjoying the beauty of the southern Ozarks and his success. Kitterman had worked his way up from bank clerk to bank president. He was more than just “a wonderful fellow . . a jolly type, well respected.” respected.” He was “a prime example of what an American boy used to want to grow up to be.” A successful career, a lovely family, a “dream” home, prosperity, and respect in a Troops Ready For Disorders At Inauguration community where what a man is cannot hide behind concrete, steel and traffic jams—at 43, Kitterman and his wife Bertha. 39, had many years to look forward to. Wednesday, an announcement of the engagement of their 17- year-old daughter, Roberta, was carried in the Doniphan Propsect-News. In June, the weekly area newspaper said, Miss Kitterman would be married to Michael Bruton of Ellsinore, Mo. It was also on Wednesday that Kitterman walked stooped into the Bank of Grandin, said extortionists had abducted Bertha Bertha and Roberta and took $13,000 with him. Dynamite was strapped to his chest, he said. FOUND TIED Later, the bodies of Kitterman, Kitterman, Bertha and Roberta were found tied to trees and shot in the head. Two younger daughters,* daughters,* Patricia, 14, and Kathy, 15, survive. Grief and edge of town. It was there, his.h<^‘ . w i * apparently, that those who ca iber slug \\,is found committed the crimes surprised ,he Pl low Wednesday and the familv Coroner Howard .Jackson said Kitterman “got everything he ^ire€ ^ caliber casings were had by hard work.” said a neighbor, Joe Allen, a maintenance maintenance man for a lead mine. “He was a prime example of what an American boy used to discovered near the death trees in a renewed search Thursday. Two were within 14 inches of each other near the tree where Kitterman was bound and the want to grow up to be. I don't;®* er J .. m . . . sam€ know what boys these days ee- A0,h,,ri{l(?s ap- want to grow up to be. He P®are^ they all came from the never had anything handed tojsame automatic weapon, him,” Allen said. Investigators went over the He said Kitterman, his wife Kitterman family cars, which and daughters would go to their "erf Pi)rke<l nearby m the cabin between Grandin and '.«»'y timber and cattle country Doniphan during the deer;,n ^ ^-v vvou^ season—“he loved to hunt and fingerprints* Kitterman worked his way up from bank clerk to bank WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Pentagon said Thursday it was|Grandin Thursday moving troops into the Washington Washington area to be used in case of disorders during protest demonstrations at President Nixon’s inauguration Saturday. Leaders of all of the demonstrations scheduled to coincide with Nixon’s inauguration, inauguration, however, have either pledged to be peaceful or said they plan no civil disobedience Three separate marches and raiiies are planned for different parts of the city on Saturday. The largest of these, cosponsored cosponsored by the Peoples Coalition for Peace and Justice and the National Peace Action Coalition, is expected to draw “in the tens of thousands” of demonstrators. fish.” “I don’t believe personally . that he had an enemy in the Presjdent and civic leader. A world,” Allen said. neighbor, Joe Allen, said: RAINING HARD “He was a Pr,me example of It was raining hard in an American boy used to Doniphan early Thursday. A want to Krow UP |° be...he hard clap of thunder shook the never had anything handed to Leroux Cafe and early morning '. Relieve personally fear permeated diners dipped their hot biscuits | „ an encmy ™ l^e in gravy, drank coffee and VVV'^ t who spoke of how afraid they were j' . family had recently built now that murder had come to a brick house on a hill at the their quiet, southern Ozark of town. r^niphan Mountains Prospect-News reported just A 65-vear old carpenter Wednesday that Roberta would refused to identify himself but *?e *yiarr»ed in June to Michael allowed he felt that Kitterman j uton Ellsinore, Mo. was “a wonderful fellow.” !■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■§■ “I believe that the killers knew Bob as well as we do,” he said, opening and closing powerful hands. “I don’t know what they’re going to do with them when they catch them, they’d turn them Arthur G. Emmons retired as postmaster last June, knows everyone in this hamlet of 250 persons. Kitterman, he said, was a local boy who made good, “a jolly type, well respected.” He said Kitterman started with the Bank of Grandin as a clerk, served a three-year hitch in the Army, and returned to become a cashier, then the bank president.’ Recently, Emmons said, Kitterman Kitterman built a new home on 180 but I wish acres of land on a hill at the1 over to me.' Giants FIGHTS INFLATION GLEAN SWEEP

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  1. The Mercury,
  2. 19 Jan 1973, Fri,
  3. Page 17

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