Birns pg 2 with Chief Louis Westerburg The Evening Independent Massillon OH March 31, 1975
Birns.. . (Continued from Page One) place at the rear of the lounge. On Saturdays he went to the Silver Quill in suburban Lakewood and then to Christy's, officers said. They said the lot in which he parked at the lounge and in which the explosion occurred was known only to regular patrons of the bar. Three persons were being questioned, officers said, adding that "with a crime of this violent nature, you question everybody you can." One police spokesman said that "nobody in the department has a good idea of what's going on out there. We hear of some friction with some people. It could have been something out of the past. "Birns was dabbling in clearinghouse and booking a little," the spokesman added. "He hasn't been bothering anybody and hasn't been pushing anybody around. He's been like a consultant out there, an adviser." Police Chief Louis Westerburg of Orange, where Birns resided, described him as friendly and quiet, adding, "You never really saw him." Others who knew him tell of the 60-cent Mexican cigars he always smoked and say he was a gentlemen in public despite tales to the contrary as to his private life, tales alleging he was involved in bomb deaths of others over the years. "He was a super guy," said Irving "Buddy" Spitz, Theatrical manager. "Whatever his private life was, it wasn't reflected here." Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Harry Jaffe described him as "the most pleasant, sociable guy in the world" when seen at the restaurant, adding, "Even my wife liked him." Once described as Cleveland Public Enemy No. 1, Birns was last convicted in 1968 and was sentenced to a term in Marion Correctional Institution for bribery and witness tampering in connection with a Parma numbers raid. He was released in 1971.