Clipped From Cumberland Evening Times
Police Secure Confession In Willison Death Bedford Countian Admits to Bludgeon Slaying On Sunday Pennsylvania authorities indicated today that a murder warrant -will be obtained for James Kelly Perdew, 47, of near Bedford, who confessed early this morning to the bludgeon slaying of a 78-year-old employe and inmate at Bedford County Home. The victim, Frank Willison, was found dead Sunday afternoon near the'Bedford Feed Mill in the vicinity of the railroad station by Ned Bussell, Bedford. His injuries included a skull fracture, a three-inch gash on the head and a fractured jaw. H. A. Clark, assistant police chief of Bedford, said Perdew stated he slew the elderly man by striking him over the head with a wine bottle he had purchased for Willison several hours earlier. Police quoted Perdew, who was arrested by Bedford city and Pennsylvania State Police at 1:30 p. m. (EST) yesterday, as saying he met Willison Sunday morning and purchased the wine for the elderly man after Willison requested it. Perdew said that after he bought the wine he returned to a previously arranged meeting place where he found Willison and they began to drink the wine. A quarrel and fight resulted, police quoted Perdew as saying, adding that the-victim allegedly drew a knife on Perdew, who claims he then struck Willison with the quart bottle in self defense. Questioned Since Arrest Police said they obtained Perdew's confession at 1 o'clock this morning after continuous grilling since his arrest. Assistant Chief Clark said he ar- restec! Perdew after interviews with several persons between Sunday and yesterday placed Perdew in the vicinity of the feed mill Sunday. Perdew,-according to Pennsylvania State Police who also assisted in the investigation, was apprehended on South Richards Street, Bedford, where he was loitering. . Following questioning early this morning, Perdew was committed to the Bedford Cou.ily jail where he is held without bond pending further investigation of the crime. Police said they have not learned what caused the fight that led to the fatal blow being struck. The first break in the bludgeoning death of Willison came late last night when Bedford police confirmed a report that a man had been arrested and was being- questioned in connection with the case. Body Under Tree Bedford' Chief of Police O.. Stiffler said Willison was seen in Bedford Saturday and declared the man was a frequent and well known in a distorted position under a tree, Willison had 25 cents in a pocket , O f his clothing. His hat and the cane '-. . . . . . visitor to Bedford. When the body was discovered. | he always carried were lying care- j fully, on the grass, as if he placed i them there and sat down. The place where the body was discovered was described as a "popular loafing place." • . . . Wiliison was born in Hewitt, Bedford County, a son of the late Jeris and Emily (Robinette) Willison. For the past 15 years he had .been employed as a baker at the County Home and in recent years resided there. Rites for the victim' were held yesterday afternoon in the Geisel Funeral Home, Bedford, with interment in Prosperity Cemetery near Chaneysville.