The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on January 23, 1957 · 1
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TODAY'S WEATHER CINCI.VNATI AREA: Clornij', Windy And Much Colder, how Around 24 Degrees, High Around 27. Fair Tonight, LowAbout 15. FULL DETAILS, MAP ON PAGE 27 lrg$t Clreulstloa of ny Cincinnati Kiwspspsr December Paid Circulation DAILY 222,823 SUNDAY 289,317 Classified Want Adt CA l-63C Taliphont PAikway l-27uO Single copies, 10c beyond retail trading tone. THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER 116th YEAR IVO. 289 DAILY FINAL EDITION WEDNESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 23, 1937 NEWS SERVICES: Anoeied Prtu UniUd rew lnrrtional Nwi N. Y". Timi AP Wiraphoto 5c TORNADOES C 9 otstevs Kill 11 Persons Bodies Found? i twq f"--'.y"i 1"ft'"'f" Ft J- 4 Tim "4f i -25v ill , : ' -Mil if 10 D SUSPECT IN GOTHAM BOMBING George Metesky, accused as the "mad bomber" who prowled New York City for 16 years, was removed from Waterbury, Conn., yesterday to New York' Bellevue Hospital so phychiatrists can study his warped mind. AP Wirephoto. Terror Ended With Capture Of "Bomber" NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (AP) The mad bomber's 16-year reign of terror ended today. He was locked up in Bellevue Hospital so psychiatrists can study his dangerously warped mind. "I'm glad I did it,A 54-year-oid George Metesky told newsmen as he was brought here In handcuffs and under extraordinary guard from his Waterbury, Conn., home where he was arrested last night. Metesky signed a statement after his arrest,. saying he was the elusive mad bomber who planted 32 bombs in public gathering places in New York since 1940. Several of them went off and 15 persons were injured, . none seriously. He was quoted as saying he didn't intend to kill anyone. Lven as he was arrested, Metesky was nursing the explosive tools for more diabolical forays against the world's greatest city. "He could easily pass as your next-door neighbor," said his court-appointe'd lawyer, Benjamin Schmier. However, the lawyer en I led him a pronounced mental case, unable to (ell right from wrong In the intensity of his grudge against the world in other words, legally insane and not punishable under the law for his misdeeds. Metesky apparently was motivated by perverted principles, rather than any desperate need for money. He believed he had been cheated out of monetary compensation for an old industrial injury. However, Assistant Dist. Atly. Karl Grebow said of him: "At the present time he has $500 in his pocket and has $11,000 in the bank." (Additional Details 0t Pane 36) The savings presumably were part of an inheritance from his father. Relatives said he was left some money. He had done little work in the last 20 years. In committing Metesky to Bellevue, Magistrate Reubpn Levy remarked: "The alleged acts are indicative of a deranged mind." Metesky smiled and seemed affable when he arrived In New York in late afternoon. He told reporters: "I'm sorry I injured people." In court, he stood quietly and spoke briefly. He is a stocky, gray man, a self-proclaimed tubercular, with a spinsterish air about him. Metesky was taken into court under a New York anti-bomb law that carries a maximum 25 years in prison. He also was charged with felonious assault and malicious mischief. His court-appointed lawyer, Schmier, told the court : "He speaks vary well. He speaks fluently. He cou'd easily pass as your next-door neighbor, but he's a man, in my opinion, laboring under a terrific psychosis, a persecution complex. He finds all his grievances against the public satiated by setting off these bombs. He justifies himself and his acts against the general public which is the very basis of psychosis. "Before I can act for him I must be convinced that he knows right from wrong and understands the nature of the charges. But in my humble belief he is of such a state of mind as to not be able to understand right from wrong." St. Bernard Fire A fire spread to two businesses and a residence in the St. Bernard business distriet before it was controlled by firemen early today. Originating in an automobile repair garage at the rear of 490'i Vine St., flames spread to a roofing business In the two-story, 1. -shaped building at 4!06 Vine St., then leaped to the home of Conrad Thompson, 4908 Vine St. Thompson and his wife and three children escaped. Tor a time flames and burning electrical wires threatened the nearby St. Bernard Fostoffice. The garage and seven automobiles were reported destroyed. The roofing concern and home were damaged heavily. Fire Chief Charles Fisher said damage would run into thousands of dollars. Heavy smoke blanked the business district; flames could be seen over a wide . area. Jerry Dameron was painting an automobile in the garage when he saw the reflection of flames on windshields. Turning, he saw the wall behind him aflame. Cause of the fire was not learned immediately. COME TO THINK OF IT: a jay Killer In Oklahoma Town, Louisiana Area tetce Dozens Are Injured, As Off-Season Twisters Rake Four States GANS, Okla., Jan. 22 (API-Winter tornadoes, spawned by a cold front clashing with un- seasonably warm air, ripped Into Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana today, killing at least 11 persons, including eight in this farm community. Three were killed and four were missing after a tornado demolished homes in two Louisiana sawmill towns of Princeton and Bellevue. Another tornado later today swept over part of Kennett, In the "bootheel" of Southeastern Missouri, destroying some homes, uprooting trees and tangling; power lines. One injury was reported. At least two twisters were reported in Arkansas and three more in Oklahoma. Dozens were Injured as the out -of -season tornadoes spun through the area. A Kansas City Southern train speeding through Gans, an Eastern Oklahoma town in the Cookson Hills, at 6 a. m. with its whistle blowing full steam may have saved many others from death or injury. It was reported that many sleeping citizens were aroused by the whistle, then saw the turbulent weather and headed for storm cellars. Four minutes later the tornado struck. ENGINEER IS HERO The engineer, identified as William L. Bryant, 69, Pittsburg, Kans., saw the tornado, and whistled a warning. Only last September a tornado struck in the area, but ' no one was killed. After that many citizens built storm cellars. Gans, with a population of about 600, is near the Arkansas line, 15 miles from Ft. Smith. The latest tabulation showed 30 families were made homeless as the hit-and-miss tornado struck through the town. Four members of the Ted Jenkins family were killed the father, 47 ; his wife, Nora, 47; a daughter, Bonnie, 14, and a son, Darrel, 7. A daughter, Helen, 23, was injured. The twister killed Joe Johnson, 60, and two sons, Mickey, 15, and C. J., 14. Mrs. Verna Johnson, 52, the wife and mother, was injured seriously. Also dead at Gans was Jimmy Meeks, 34. Four members of his family were injured. They were his wife, Leora, 32: . Lena Mae, 8; Danny, 5, and Lo-retta, 2. Two other twisters hit overnight at Warner and Wewoka in Eastern Oklahoma The entire area was under a U. S. Weather Bureau tornado alert. The bodies of the Johnson family were blown a half mile. ; y A I 1? 0 ' I f : -v S,v f .! . j , ' ; 1 1 jmml wtn mmt m mm uiiiiumiiiiHii mutmmi.Mt ' ROOSTER KNOWS TORNADO HIT, TROUT KNOWS HE'S CAUGHT The rooster and rainbow trout in these photos 'evidenced surprise in scattered news incidents. The rooster at left was among livestock and poultry disturbed when sources of feed became a jumbled mess in the tornado that struck Gans, Okla. The 25-inch rainbow trout at right still reflected surprise he experienced when Thomas Hartmann, 11, caught him in bare hands in San Rafael Creek at San Rafael, Calif. Thomas saw the trout in shallow water, leaped in, snared the fish, weighing six pounds. AP Wirephotos. ' DEPUTY Gets Pike Post Colonel King Dies; Maker Of Munitions Columbus Man Succeeds Cincinnatian As Head Of Ohio Toll Road CLEVELAND, Jan. 22 (AP) C. W, Hartford, Columbus, who has been with the Ohio Turnpike Commission since August, 1952, was promoted today to the job of Executive Director. His salary goes up to $19,000 a year instead of the $14,000 he has been receiving as Deputy Executive Director. And he is succeeded as deputy by Russell S. Deetz, who has been with the organization since the fall of 1952. The promotions were made today at a meeting of the commissioners. Hartford succeeds Herman F. Tornau, Cincinnati, nho stepped out January 14 for personal reasons. Col. George G. King, internationally known munitions, explosives and powder maker and founder with his father in the 1880s of King's Mills, Ohio, died last night at his home, 3178 Victoria Ave., Hyde Park, after a long illness. He was 90 years old. Colonel King was active in industrial and business activities until shortly before his death. He held board chairmanships with the King Powder Co., King's Mills and Cincinnati; Fosdick Co., machine tool concern, Cincinnati; Loveland National Bank, Loveland. He was a director of many other companies. i He was president for more than 25 years of the Institute of Explosive Makers and was COMMITTEE Cold Front Strikes, Temperature In 20s ' Of House Moves A "strong" cold front was expected to strike the Cincinnati area early today, turning rain to snow and plunging temperatures below freezing. The Weather Bureau predicted rain would change to snow after midnight last night. Freezing rain was possible during the transition. A meteorologist said snow would end before daybreak, accumulating to less than a half Inch. "There might be a few snow flurries after daybreak," he said. "Much colder" temperatures are due at least through tonight, with a low this morning around 24 degrees and a daytime maximum of around 27. It will be mostly cloudy today, but clear tonight. The warming trend which replaced a cold wave last week lifted the afternoon temperature at Cincinnati to 60 and held the morning low to 54. The nation's Atlantic states. Lakes region and Central Plains will have colder weather today. Rain and snow will be widespread. V1 x k Mr: Cv , ,..,,, "Last week I solved two murders, toured Afghanistan, and analyzed our foreign policy." Step up and name your subject . . . the public library has lots of interesting books to tell you more about it. Enouirr fWellinger) Photo BE A LIVE WIRE, BUT DON'T BITE 'EM! Mrs. Darlene Shouse, 2619 Dennis St., warns her two-year-old son Kenneth against biting live electric wires. The boy disconnected this extension cord from the refrigerator yesterday and suffered severe burns on his lips when he clamped down on the live end. "He was lucky," said the doctor. For Abolishment Of Ohio Highways Construction Council Vote 21-1 By Richard Kirkpatrick Enquirer Correspondent COLUMBUS, Jan. 22 By a vote of 21 to 1, the House Highways Committee here tonight took the first step to clear a heavy roadblock that effectively keeps Governor O'Neill from drafting his own highway program for Ohio without "outside" interference. The committee voted in favor of an administration bill to abolish the four-year-old Highway Construction Council, which has held a life and death accounting over the $500 million road bond issue and which has had the power to revise the Stale Highway Department- road program before it could be submitted to the Governor. No member of the present three-member council appeared before the committee. Rep. Thomas P. Gilmartin D), Youngstown, Cast the lone vote against the bill. Youngstown is 1he home of former Democratic State Sen. Clingan Jackson, whose term as chairman of the council expired yesterday. The two other members of the council are Jesse Van Fos-sen (D.) Croton. and Daniel H. Heekin R. Cincinnati. Wilbur M. Cotton (R.i, Dayton, former member of the council who declined reappoint-mer in January, 1956, agreed basically with Roger Cloud, Speaker of the House, that the committee essentially had performed the chief purposes for which it was established in 1953. Cloud said that because of the council's work, Ohio was in excellent position to take advantage of Federal funds to expand its highway system. Cloud alo said that $330 million of the $500 million bond fund had been ined and that the hulk of the remainder would go for advance rights of way. Gilmartin, a former State Highway Department employee, said he favored an end to the council later, but insisted that there was no need for emer-gpney action, that the counc.l should be retained during the transition of the new administration to cont.nue its service "as a good shock absorber." for many years president of the Peters Cartridge Co. He received his Colonel title from Ohio Governor George K. Nash, who served from 1900 to 1904, and from his title of Lieutenant Colonel in the Ohio National Guard. He was responsible for the founding of Camp Perry in Northern Ohio. Born March 18, 1866, at Xenia, Ohio, Colonel King entered the powder business there with his father. The powder plant at King's Mills, in Warren County, made munitions for the United States in three wars. Colonel King was a member or officer of scores of organizations and clubs, including several Masonic orders Knights Templars, Royal Arch Masons, Scottish Rite, Syrian Temple and Royal Order of Jesters. Locally, he was a member of the Queen City Club, Cincinnati Club and the Hyde Park Country Club. He is survived by his widow, Lillian; a son, R. Eugene King, president of King Powder Co., Cincinnati; a daughter, Mrs. Paul I. Carmen, Cincinnati, and three sisters. Mrs. Harriett Shepardson, Minneapolis; Mrs. Harry Van Beuven, Evanston, 111., and Mrs. W. F. Donohue, Chicago. W. Mack Johnson funeral home is in charge of arrangements. Boy, 5, Is Injured As Wall Caves In A 10-foot wide slab of a 20-foot-high sandstone, wall fell on Douglas White, 5, 544 E. Liberty St., at his home at 6 p. m. yesterday, almost covering him and causing Internal injuries. Marshall Williams Telscher said the wall appeared to have been weakened by yesterday's steady rain. The boy was playing with his dog in the yard at his home when the wall fell. The boy was extricated by Earl Sellers, same address, and take nto General Hospital by the Life Squad. Thaw Bares Victims Near Chicago Road; Boys Slain Similarly CHICAGO, Jan. 22 (AP) The nude and pierced bodies of the missing Grimes sisters were found today tossed like cordwood in a scraggy stretch of freshly thawed land along a highway southwest of Chicago. The tragic end of what police once thought might have been en adventuresome, but routine, - runaway from home marked the Chicago area's second multiple murder of children in 15 months. Police said the girls appeared to have been dead approximately two weeks. Both horrible crimes are un-solved and Cook County Sher- iff Joseph Lohman said there are "marked similarities" in the cases. The Grimes girls, Barbara, 15 years old, and Patricia, l.'i, disappeared from their South Sido home December 28 after attending an Elvis Presley movie they had seen several times. At first, their disappearance aroused little official concern. As the days dragged on with one false lead after another crumbling, a vast police hunt was started. As time passed fears grew that the girls might have mot the same fate that befell three Chicago schoolboys. tThe nude bodies of Robert Peterson, 14; John Schuessler, 13, and his brother, Anton, 11, were found in a forest preserve northwest of Chicago, October 18, 1955. Only yesterday a group of prominent Chlcagoans announced that rewards In excess of $100,000 would be paid for a solution of the boys' murders nd that huge rewards would be collected by subscription for the solution of future major crimes. The girls' murders presumably will go on this list. Police were ordered to run down one clue in the girls' layings. They sought a man Who a week ago was questioned about 'he case. He was seized after slating In a tavern that the girl's bodies could be found in Santa F'e Park a site a mile and a half from where their bodies were found. The man telephoned police from the tavern telling them he had a "vivid dream" about the girls' bodies. Later he said he had seen the bodies. Investigators said this man was their "No. 1 suspect" now and that, if found he would be given a lie detector test. He was released after the questioning a week ago when he denied making the call. The bodies were 10 feet away from a two-lane blacktop highway near the intersection of German Church and County Line Roads in suburban Willow Springs. This is 16 miles southwest of downtown Chicago and 20 miles from Robinson Woods, the Northwest Side forest preserve where the boys' bodies were dumped. There was not a stitch of clothing In the vicinity. A storm buried the area under a foot of snow January ' 9. This snow melted during a fast thaw yesterday. Police said the bodies apparently had been in the area at least since the snowstorm. Sheriff Lohman said there were these similarities in the multiple murders. (1) The bodies overlapied, as if they had been dumped or tossed from a car or a truck. (2) The slayer or slayers stripped the bodies in both cases and disposed of the clothing elsewhere. Not a stitch of the 4 A :-' -1 ' - : i PATRICIA CRIMES BARBARA CRIMES boys' clothing ever has been recovered. (3) The bodies bore signs of violence. (4) A cursory police examination showed puncture marks on Barbara's chest, Inflicted by a small caliber bullet, or an ice pick. The boys' bodies showed similar markings inflicted with a pronged tool. . . Police found a rusty beer can, a metal pipe cleaning tool and reamer such as a - pipe smoker uses, and a child's .toy sheriff's set. The set, mounted on cardboard, included a large key ring with two jailer's keys and a toy sheriff's badge. These items were sent to the police laboratory and the area was roped off until it could bt examined minutely by experts. Investigators blamed failure to -protect the Robinson Woods area from curiosity seekers for the obliteration of possible valuable clues in the boys' case. The bodies were found at 1 p. m. by Leonard Prescott of suburban Hinsdale. Prescott, a construction worker was on his way to buy groceries. So he went back riome and got his wife and two children. They drove to the spot, verified that they were bodies and notified the village police in Willow Springs. Alcorn Selected As GOP Chief ; Bliss Proponents Mourn Choice By Phillip M. Swatek tfi(if r Correspondent WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 Attempts of conservative Republicans to run Ray C. Bliss, Ohio chairman, for the national chairman's job collapsed and H. Meade Alcorn of Connecticut was elected "unanimously" today. (See Picture On Page t) A special subcommittee conferred with President Eisenhower this morniug and then reported to members of the National Committee that the President "would like it very much" if Alcorn were chosen. Traditionally the President's wish is followed, because he is head of the party. The commit tees vole was unanimous. Alcorn, 49, former speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives and a vice chairman for the national convention in San Francisco, will take over for retiring Leonard Hall February 1. Alcorn is a grad- uate of Dartmouth and the Yale Law School. Many conservatives Eastern and Western but mostly Midwestern objected to the choice and to the way it was being handled. Foremost among those mentioned as alternatives was Bliss who, his boosters said, would represent fairly both the conservative and modern' Republicans. The Ohioan refused to be a candidate, however, and maintained he was not interested in the job unless all elements of the party would come together in the choice and stay together in supporting the party's nominees. Congressional reaction to Alcorn generally has been favorable hut Rep. Clare E. Hoffman (R. Mich.) said. "The conservative wing has been liquidated and is about to be buried." Mrs. Katharine Kennedy Brown. Dayton. Ohio's national committeewoman, said she would have been better satisfied with a chairman of "more experience." Rep. Clarence J. Brown, Blan-Chester, vice chairman of the National Committee, generally regarded as one of the party's o-nservativus, took Alcorn's election calmly. Both Mrs. Brown and the Congressman said they "certainly intended to work with" the new chairman. After his election, Alcorn said he believed Republicans could win control of Congress in 1958 if they have good candidates, a good program and good organization. IN THE ENQUIRER Page Page Birthdays 7 Miller It Bridge 13 Obituaries Classified 20-2 Radio-TV IT City Mirror 7 Riesel 18 Columnists 4, 6 Smiles i Comics IB Society News 8 Court News 10 Sports 81-St Crossword 13 Star Gazer IS Deaths 20 Theater 85 Editorials 4 Washington 3 Foreign 3 Weather 37 Horse Sense IX Women's 12, li Markets 36-37 Word Game 18

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