kitterman murders

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kitterman murders - FAMILY MASSACRED--A Grandin, Mo., bank...
FAMILY MASSACRED--A Grandin, Mo., bank president, president, sticks of dynamite strapped to his chest, his wife and 16-year-old, daughter were found · Wednesday strapped-to-trees and shot at a farmhouse four miles west of Grandin in Ripley County. Authorities identi- fied the victims as (from left) Roberc Kitterman, his wife Bertha, 40, and their daughter, Roberta. murders apparently were linked to an extortion at-tempt at-tempt at the Bank of Grandin. Bank Chief, Family Murdered GRANDIN. Mo. (UP!) --A bank president, his wife and 16-year-old daughter were found bound to trees and shot to death in a woods Wednesday, Wednesday, apparently the victims of extortionists. Shortly before, before, the president had entered entered his Bank of Grandin. told a bookkeeper he was wired with dynamite and rushed out with $13.000. Early today authorities arrested arrested and began questioning two men. Police would only say the men were strangers in town who earlier had sought i n formation about Grandin -- a town of 250. "We have some other suspects." suspects." a police spokesman said, "but we don't know how good they' are." Riley 'County Coroner Howard Howard Jackson said the bodies of Robert Kitterman. 43, his wife Bertha. 38. and daughter, daughter, Roberta were found in woods near an abandoned farm house in hilly secluded country. Family Members Shot Kitterman and his wife had each been shot through the temple. Their daughter who only Wednesday had announced announced her engagement in the Prospect News in nearby nearby Donovan was shot in the back of the head. Mrs. Kitterman and Roberta were tied to the same tree while Kitterman was tied to another. The bizaare episode apparently apparently began shortly after noon Wednesday when Kitterman Kitterman stumbled into the bank and announced: "They have my wife and daughter." Ralph Stanley, the bank's bookkeeper, told authorities the bank was closed for the lunch hour when Kitterman entered the bank, gathered money into a sack and said he was wired with dynamite. He hurried out of the bank without saying anything else. Stanley said. Authorities said a county school official who saw Kitterman Kitterman leave the bank said Kitterman told him. "my wife and daughter are being held hostage by some extor- tionists. Call the highway patrol." Stanley told police Kitterman Kitterman appeared very frightened and walked "stooped over" when he entered the bank told him not to turn on any lights or electrical switches. He explained that he had dynamite wired to his chest. Jackson said no dynamite was found on Kitter'man's body but he said he "doesn't know why he (Kitterman) would say "he was wired with dynamite if he wasn't. Sheriff Lewis Dawes said early today that "even though no dynamite was found on Kittterman's body." evidence indicated he had apparently had something tied to his body.

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  1. The Daily Intelligencer,
  2. 18 Jan 1973, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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