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to (Copyright, lf)35) otherwise. Kansas City Girl Wins Fight To Save Life of Abductor KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 27 (UP) ja tune, so I wish someone would —The long and despairing fight of Miss Mary McElroy, high-strung victim of a spectacular kidnaping, to save Walter McGee, one of her abductors, from hanging ended successfully today. Governor Guy B. Park rose from a sick bed at Jefferson City to extend executive clemency to the re- pentent McGee in answer to the girl's pleas. Park commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment. McGee was May 31. to be executed on McGee was the first man to receive a death sentence for kidnap- ing. His brother George is serving a life term, Clarence Click received in eight-year sentence and the fourth kidnaper, Clarence Stevens, still is at large. The commutation came exactly :wo years after the day when the four men took Miss McEiroy from ler bath to a Kansas hideout. She was released 29 hours later after her father, H. F. McElroy, the city manager, had p&id $30,000 ransom. The sensitive girl fought to ob:ain a commutation from the day .he death sentence was pronounced. 3he also was interested in George teach me how to turn handsprings.' There were indications that she will fight to obtain further amelioration of the McGee brothers' sentences. She refused, however, to affirm or deny that she will work for a reduction in George's sentence. Miss McElroy formed a'liking for the brawny brothers because of their chivalrous attitude when she was their captive. She unhesitatingly gave clinching testimony at their trial, but the death sentence for Walter McGee was a distinct shock to her. In her vivid imagination she. re-, peatedly saw the kindly faced young) man hurtling to his death through i tho trap. She felt somehow that she was responsible for the extreme sentence. Her family sought to ease her distraction through travel. She visited in California and last year McElroy took his daughter on a European trip. His refusal to use his undoubted political influence for McGee recently caused her to run away. She slipped from her home at night and boarded a bus to the east. ~" ~—' ••" ..w. ~.._,,v* j»i vj(-u»*^c jugfi:. nuu uimiueu a nus to me ease. McGee and visited the brothers aev- JVtcElroy reached ner by telephone eral times. Today she greeted her victory as the lifting of a shadow of two years of dread. on this flight and she- consented to return to Kansas City. Shortly thereafter the <rity manager accom- further r.ent Jewish doors, broken Semitic forced doors. disorders have on a 'hey money "The ind peace, order Rural —Dispatches a The Munich "I feel like I ran start to live paniod 'hh""ViVuehter"'to"^orT f ^o'ni' < versal school rera, from of Moreno against,

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  1. The Salt Lake Tribune,
  2. 28 May 1935, Tue,
  3. Page 13

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