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M'GEE POINTED OUT BY VICTIM Mary McElroy Identifies Ex-Convict as Leader Of Her Kidnapers Kansas City, Mo. July 25 (AP)— Walter McOee, former; Oregon convict, on trial with his life at stake, was identified from the witness stand today by Miss Mary McEhroy. daughter of the city manager, as the leader of the kidnapers who abducted her from her bathnx^ and held her captive imtU paid: $30/)Q0 ransom- Answertag questions directed by an assistant prosecutor. Miss Mcelroy recoimted the story ojf the appearance of the kidnapers at her home, recalled their thniats. and pictured for the jury the 29 hoiiis she spent manacled to the wall of a floorless basement room used as a chicken roost. "Who told you to 'shut up, or 111 shoot through the bath rocen door?" " M. W. O'Bem, the assistant prosecutor aslted. •Walter McGee." Who said, 'We're kidnapers; going to take you away, and If you behave yoiu'self you won't get liurt?' " "Walter McGee." "Who ordered you to 'hurry up, get dressed; you're going with us7' " "Walter McGee." McGee sat apparently unmoved today as Michael W. O'Bem, assistant prosecutor, told the jury It would be asked to inflict the death penalty upon him for the kidnaping of Miss McElrdy. As O'Bem stated his case to the jury, Joseph B. Keenan, assistant United States attorney general, oc- cirjled a chah: at the council table. The official, who is concentrating on stamptag out the kidnaping racket, was present to assist the state In the prosecution of McOee, his bro- 'ther George, and Clarence Click. . The first witness to appear against the alleged ringleader of the abductors who forced Miss McElroy to leave her bath and accompany them from her home was Miss Beda Christensen, maid at the McElroy home, who was forced to admit the kidnapers at the potat of a gun. "The state will show that one of the men potated a weapon at the maid and asserted, 'El^ier you will open that door or I will shoot you through It,' " O'Bem said. Turning to the defendant, the prosecutor potated at him and con- ttaued, "the state expects to prove that this man sitting there, the defendant on trial ta this case was who drew the pistol and made that threat." As the other actual abductor of Miss McEkoy, O'Bem named Clarence Stevens, still a fugitive. O'Bem described how the kidnap victim was manacled to the wall of a squalid, floorless basement room, used as a chicken roost, while her father raised $30,000 to ransom her. Be dwelt upon the anxiety of the parent during the 29 hours of his daughter's captivity. Miss Christensen identified McGee as one of the two men who forced their way tato the McElroy home and forced Miss McElroy to leave with them. Miss McElroy slumped down ta the witness chair and wept as she described an Incident hitherto im- revealed ta connection with her imprisonment. . She related that McGee had demanded that she remove ner clothing before her release so that she could be searched to determine whettxer she had concealed any evidence that might be used against members of the gang if they should be captiu^d. "I told them I would rather die than do that; that I never would do 'it she said. She added that McOee did not attempt to force her to submit to the search.

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  1. Iola Daily Register And Evening News,
  2. 25 Jul 1933, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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