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(AP wirephoto) PATRICIA CORCORAN . . . Silent at arraignment Girl Arraigned For Ax Slaying OAKLAND If) Twelve-year-old Patricia Faye Corcoran was arraigned in Municipal Court yesterday for the ax slaying last Thursday of her aunt, Mrs. Guy Bunce. -Silent and pale, the child from a farm family in Mitchell, S. D. was led before Municipal Judge C. Stanley Wood. With her was her father, 61-year-old William J. Corcoran, who arrived here late Sunday night. Judge Wood asked Corcoran the POMONA (3) A husky teenager, arrested near here in a stolen car Monday, admitted the knife slaying of a Lancaster, Calif., choir girl, police said. Detective Sgt. Ray Hopkinson of the sheriffs homicide detail said Charles Raymond Elms, 17, also of Lancaster, contended Jodie Diane Burford was stabbed accidentally. The 20-year-old receptionist, clad in pajamas and a housecoat, was found dead early Sunday by her brother, Hal, 15. She was lying on the parlor floor. A 9-inch butcher knife blade was nearby. It had been snapped from its handle by the fatal thrusts. MADE ADVANCES , An autopsy showed that Miss Burford had not been raped, as previously reported, the coroner's office said. , Hopkinson gave Elms' version of the slaying. The youth stopped by the Bur ford home Saturday night to pick up a leather jacket he had loaned Miss Burford's brother. The girl victim invited him in, telling him Hal was not home. Elms recalled that he tried to make advances and that he had picked up the knife to "scare her" but that she panicked and fell against the blade. When asked why the girl had been stabbed "so many times, Hopkinson said Elms replied that he had "blacked out. The officers said Elms drove to Pomona in a borrowed car and UNION PACIFIC ADDS "LOCAL" TO LAS VEGAS Tho Union PicHi Railroad an. nouneos tha Inauguration of new liihtweitht coach and ileepor Krvico to and from Lot Anielea and Lai Vcg.l. , Departing from Loo Anfeles at 9:45 P. M.. tho train picks up passengers In San Bernardino at 11:59 P.M. After arriving in Las Vegas at 8:25 A.M., the sleeper remains In uso for passengers until A.M. On the return trio, tha train leaves Las Vegas at 7:35 P. M., arriving in San Bernardino at 220 A.M. This train also provides through Coach service to Salt Lake City, Omaha, Chicago and intermediate stations. For further information and fares wo any Union Paeifie Ticket Agent child's name and age. Then he said: "It is apparent this child is un der age. I hereby certify her to Juvenile Court." The arraignment took only two minutes. The child's tall, angular father was impassive. Patricia said nothing. Then she was taken to Juvenile Detention Home in nearby San Leandro. "I will do everything in my power to help the child," said Guy Bunce after his wife's funeral earlier in the day. Officials said every resource in Alameda County will be used to determine what transformed the bright, modest child ' into a violent and apparently unremorseful slayer. Sociologists and psychiatrists will make a thorough study of the child and report to Juvenile Court in about three weeks. i The little girl nacked her aunt to death only minutes after attending a catechism class and after brooding over loss of $5 Mrs. Bunce had given her for school expenses. From a family of nine children, Patricia came to live with the childless Bunces a month ago.

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  1. The San Bernardino County Sun,
  2. 09 Oct 1956, Tue,
  3. Page 3

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