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Sunday, January 13, 1980
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iTIGIC: 'n Criminal Investigations, Acceptance In Court By HOWARD SMULEVITZ An Indiana murder trial jury views a film of a hypnosis session during which a drug store stockboy who looked into the barrel of a hold-up man's gun moments before a second man was shot to death describes the evening of horror in vivid detail. A defendant is hypnotized on the witness stand so he can give his alibi in full. An FBI agent returned from an undercover assignment that was too hazardous to let him send messages or take notes is debriefed under hypnosis. PASSERSBY WHO may have seen the killers of four young Burger Chef employees are questioned in a hypnotic condition. Persons who dealt with accused Speedway bomber Brett Kimberlin recall the events for investigators seeking to link him to the series of explosions. Although Kimberlin attorney Richard Kammen says hypnosis still "smacks of witchcraft" and is only a fad, and federal law enforcement officials approach the subject with political antennae alert for charges of mind-shaping, the discovery of an 18th century physician named Mesmer is gaining in use in criminal investigations. Its growth and increasing acceptance in courts as one more piece of evidence for a jury to weigh, has spawned schools and organizations during the past few years to guide its development. CHALLENGES TO the use of "investigative" or "forensic" hypnosis remain. , Kammen, the Indianapolis counsel for Kimberlin, predicts any effort to use hypnotically-induced recall by witnesses during a trial will become an issue. The U.S. attorney's office has admitted, in answer to questions raised in defense briefs in the Speedway case, that hypnosis was used on witnesses. "They haven't told us anything else yet, so we'll have to see where it goes," Kammen remarked. The information gained can lead directly to court testimony by the witness and the hypnotist, or as is the pattern in most uses of hypnosis to uncover criminal evidence as a source for more traditional kinds of evidence that only corroborate what the hypnosis brought out. STATE POLICE Detective Brooks Appleby and Marion County Sheriff's Sgt. Virgil Vandagriff said they did hynotize persons believed to have dealt with Kimberlin. The two investigators and their agencies actively represent an increasing cadre of police who apply the method. One of the leading sources of the instruction, the Institute for Investigative Hypnosis, was started by a staff psychologist for the Los Angeles Police Department in 1976 in response to inquiries about the Los Angeles police program, and has trained 800 persons, mostly police, but also psychiatrists, psychologists, attorneys, prosecutors and at least one judge. Vandagriff attended the institute, as did Appleby, who now is one of five Indiana State Police investigators trained in investigative hypnosis at the institute. Appelby also used hypnosis during early stages in the Burger Chef case. BETWEEN APRIL 1977 and November 1978 when he was assigned to the Burger Chef murders full-time, Appleby used the systems in 300 cases. The other four hypnosis-trained investigators in the department have picked up his load, mainly working in their districts. Vandagriff, permanently assigned to provide hypnosis service to the sheriff's office and other agencies which ask for aid, said he has applied it to some 280 cases in 2'2 years. Of the total, he estimates 175 were cases handled by the Marion County Sheriff's Department and another 25 were for the Indianapolis Police Department. He has testified as an expert witness in at least a dozen criminal cases, and is president of the Indiana chapter of the Association to Advance Ethical Hypnosis, a group which he said is recognized for its setting of guidelines to avoid misuse of the power to influence a mind. The guidelines, for example, prohibit use of medicine or needles to induce a state of super-relaxation in which people may become vulnerable to suggestion, Vandagriff said. WHILE VANDAGRIFF and Appleby are enthusiastic about the value of hypnosis for helping people recall details either suppressed by fear or lack of conscious observation, and have used it in cases that were just a few days old to four years old ( in a recent murder case in the West, it was used to help a woman recall information about her father's murder 35 See HYPNOSIS Page 4 7D Ik) Want Ads Stranger Seen Unlikely Suspect In Lapel Slaying By LISA G. BAIRD Star Staff Reporter Lapel, Ind. Twists of irony run through the story of a 76-year-old retired schoolteacher, described as an intelligent, friendly but nervous "recluse" who was murdered in the family farm home to which she refused entry by outsiders, including the Lapel chief of police. Lois Graham, R.R. 1, Lapel, had lived alone for a long time. She was not a likely candidate for becoming a statistic in the types of crime that occur when one is careless, or trusting and allows a stranger or casual acquaintance in her home. Authorities, knowing the background, had a feeling when they first learned of her brutal stabbing murder that it must have been committed by a relative. Based on further information, they have obtained a murder warrant for a 16-year-old relative who apparently was the last person with Miss Graham before she was killed about 11 a.m. last Wednesday. STATE POLICE refused to release the name of the suspect, who is missing, but said he is a distant relative with a history of juvenile offenses. The suspect bought an airplane ticket to Chicago from Indianapolis International Airport, where the victim's car was abandoned the day after the murder, but State Police Detective Sgt. Dave Landis said police have learned that the suspect had talked of going to Texas or Michigan. A national alert has been issued, Landis said. Ironically. Landis said he was driving right behind Miss Graham and a young man in her car shortly before the mur AIM IS DEVELOPMENT Coleman To Receive Neighborhoods Post By GORDON WITKIN Rodger D. Coleman, the city's director of neighborhood services, will be named Monday to the newly created post of neighborhood development coordinator, a cabinet-level position designed to raise neighborhood commercial development in the city to a higher priority. The impending appointment by Mayor William H. Hudnut brought mixed reaction from Indianapolis neighborhood leaders, with criticism centering on Coleman's lack of economic-development experience, a shortcoming he freely admits. "THIS IS NOT another city government department, but rather represents our commitment to revitalize those neighborhoods which have fallen into various states of deterioration," the mayor said. "Commercial strength is important if a neighborhood is to thrive and prosper. "Some exciting things are happening in our city's neighborhoods already, but there are several other projects which are on the threshold," he added. "I would expect Rodger to help coordinate those projects, cut across department lines and help to cut red tape to provide a package to business and com ACTS AND OMISSIONS Aerial Transit System Really Down-To-Earth By PAUL M. DOHERTY Little cars gliding around downtown Indianapolis on aerial pathways, and out west to White River, eh? It sounds like something one of those liberals from up north would dream up. It is. It also is a tribute to the persistence of one man from the minority in the General Assembly, and a neat illustration of why the legislature is such a fascinating place, whether or not you agree with the common perception that it is a necessary nuisance. The tramway of silent three-person cars gently conveying citizens above the asphalt, fumes and turmoil below, is the persistent goal of Richard D. Doyle, a Democratic lawyer from South Bend. More than a year ago Doyle began evangelizing with his fellow House members for such a system in the capital city, after becoming convinced that traffic figures at home woul not now make it fa) Begin In This Section der. He didn't know the woman and the youth and he had no reason to stop them, he said, but he remembered the light-green 1953 Ford because it was so well kept. Lapel Police Chief Gene Castor said he is familiar with the wanted youth, who he said attended school at Lapel but quit before being graduated. The youth has been in trouble before, Castor said, and has been in juvenile detention centers. Because of the confidentiality of juvenile records, the chief could not elaborate on the youth's offenses, but he said he knew of no violent offenses in which the boy was involved. CASTOR ALSO was familiar with Miss Graham, although he described her as a recluse who would "come into town, get what she needed and go right back." He said he never got past her front door until after she was dead. "I've been going out there for 15 years now for any complaints she might have had," the chief recalled. "She would call me for the least little thing, sometimes four or five times a week. But she never had a complaint that was valid." Miss Graham was an intelligent person, he said. She did not become irrational or hysterical but became apprehensive when a car seemed to slow down near her house or if someone she didn't know was walking by. He said he responded whenever she called. "SHE WOULDN'T even let me come in," Castor said. "I've talked to her many times through the screen door." That's one of the reasons Castor said he knew immediately when police found See STRANGER Page 2 mercial interests which will foster reinvestment in our city," the mayor said. HUDNUT FIRST announced he would create the position last October. City officials believe the new post represents a commitment to elevate neighborhood business and commercial development to approximately the same priority level as downtown revitalization. Coleman, who now makes $18,500 yearly, will receive a salary of $28,900 for his new job. Though arrangements have not yet been finalized, Coleman said he believed his old neighborhood services post, also a cabinet-level position, would become part of the new Office of Neighborhood Development, with a search likely soon beginning for Coleman's replacement. As for his new job, Coleman said he was "very excited, not only for me, but also because I think such a move is tremendously important for the city." "I SEE THE JOB as kind of a facilitator and coordinator. I'll monitor and help implement neighborhood projects and get the right people talking, both in the public and private sector," he added. "And I will not run other city departments, but will use them as corn-See COLEMAN Page 2 feasible at South Bend, much as he would like to see it there. DOYLE CORRESPONDED with professors, engineers and others who have been in the forefront of work on alternative transit systems. He got a film of a test sytem under development for Hamburg, Germany, set aside a room in the Statehouse, and dragged in a whole succession of members who did not want to be rude when he solicited their attention. Many quietly chuckled and shook their heads. Doyle is off on one of his dead-end pursuits, they felt, like the plan for urban drug maintenance centers for addicts. When the dust settled from the 1979 scramble over budget and tax bills, one of the measures which went to the governor contained a $900,000 figure for an aerial transit study and preliminary design. The bill totaled more than $5 million, including provisions for work on a Features And Obituaries PEOPLE - - ' .- -i th I. , Jt Competition Level Fierce At Tab You should have seen the action at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church when third- and fourth-grade members of the Tab Basketball League pot started Saturday morning. Their teams are named after the big guys and like the big guys they play hard. Competition is fierce, as in Saturday's game (above) between "Wisconsin" and "Iowa." Wisconsin won. One of the loudest fans is 7-year-old Norman Williams (right), who also happens to be one of the smallest players in the league. He demon- Star Photos by Indianapolis Woman's Pen Pal List Reads More Like Celebrity Who's Who By SUSAN HEADDEN Not just anybody makes it into Betty Reagan's little black book. Only movie stars and millionaires, politicians and royalty qualify for the special correspondences that help fill the days of the 60-year-old Indianapolis woman plagued with sarcoidosis, a mysterious, debilitating disease for which there is no known cause or cure. Aside from her selectivity, Mrs. Reagan is probably not much different from the rest of us who are sometimes remiss in promptly answering mail from old friends. There is a letter from Rome waiting for her reply, greetings from Ronnie to be returned, and Teddy hasn't heard from her in weeks. She heaves a sigh when she thinks of the yet-to-be-written letters to others on her growing list Frank, Maggie, Jimmy, Johnny (as in Sinatra, Thatcher, Carter and Carson), and resolves to get back to them as soon as she is feeling better. new state office building. Gov. Otis R. Bowen vetoed it. NOW THE PERSISTENT Doyle is back with a $450,000 proposal for a study, and behold! It is one of the first bills to get an airing in committee since the legislators reconvened last Monday. Who are the co-sponsors? William L. Long, Lafayette pharmacist and Republican who as Ways and Means chairman has handed many a bitter pill to the spenders, is one. Stephen H. Stoughton, Indianapolis businessman and ranking member of Ways and Means, where the bill lies, is another. Then there is Stanley G. Jones, Democratic West Lafayette educator who has been known to turn a disapproving eye on some legislative "goodies" for Indianapolis. Who else is for it? How about Majority Leader E. Henry Lamkin of Indianapolis, physician with a long-term interest in transportation? t'Wivj Jj . , - T.l - J rr- i .-, 3 BEING PEN PAL to the greats is a time-consuming job, but it is pleasurable therapy for a woman who has been subjected to 17 operations in the last 30 years and who once contemplated suicide. Mrs. Reagan has one entire wall and several picture albums full of letters from the rich and powerful to show for her correspondences, which have grown considerably since she started writing to Frank Sinatra 12 years ago. "I just had a yen for him," she explains. Other personalities did not fascinate her nearly as much, until she saw in their troubles a way to help her through her own. Brief sympathy notes to personalities who were sick or bereaved brought responses which, although often written by secretaries, were personally autographed and worth collecting. The cards and letters kept coming, and the activity has helped Mrs. Reagan cope with an illness in a way that her shelves full of expensive medications cannot. HE SPOKE AT the committee hearing Thursday, and said that the project may "demonstrate for the first time that in an average American city not a place like New York you can live in the inner city and have a quality life." Also favorably inclined to the highflying Doyle proposal are Senate Finance Chairman Lawrence M. Borst and Budget Chairman John M. Mutz, both Indianapolis Republicans. It is not out of committee yet, though, and Long says he wants to get a clearer view of the money picture before he gets aboard that cute little car, though he is "enchanted with the idea." Jerry F. Bales, Bloomington Republican, puffed on his pipe in the hearing room and spread clouds of doubt, suggesting that monorails in existence around the country would be cheaper than the exotic "linear motor" system Doyle likes. He knows hiw these things work, Bales Section The Indianapolis Star SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 1980 strates true team spirit as he roots for his Purdue teammates in their game against Illinois. Unfortunately, his team's 3-0 record was dashed in the closing second of the game and Illinois won, 21-20. The recreation league at Tabernacle, 34th Street and Central Avenue, is at 54 the oldest continuous church recreation program in the United States and numbers among its "graduates" such well-known individuals as Indiana's junior senator, Richard G. Lugar. Yank If. Fisso OF SPECIAL inspiration was the late Marvella Bayh, wife of U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh (D-Ind.), whose philosophical reflections on her own devastating illness fill many a warm, personal letter to Mrs. Reagan. The Indianapolis correspondent says she was "terribly, terribly upset" when cancer claimed the senator's wife last April. When Richard Burton's alcohol problem had him down and out recently, Mrs. Reagan offered her sympathies and got this in response from a chipper Burton: "With so many good wishes, kind thoughts, remembrances and prayers as well, it's a pleasure to be hale, hearty and continent once again." The style of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rather, the queen's lady-in-waiting is a bit more stilted: "The private secretary is commanded to convey to you the Queen's warm thanks for your kind message on the birth of her grandson. Her Majesty much appreciates your kindness in writing." added: "You get $450,000 now and you'll be back at the next session for $4.5 million." BALES WAS WEARING a sport shirt, demonstrating that he is less than enchanted with the speaker's dress code (coats and ties), but his questions demonstrated that not for nothing is he an accounts manager for a credit union. He obviously thought there was a Disneyland tone to the proceedings. But then the General Assembly has worn that tag more than once in the past. Want a good clue as to why Gov. Otis R. Bowen is so cool to the Chrysler loan guarantee legislation, apart from the in-character cautiousness? Find out whether highly placed state administration figures felt they were treated in a cavalier manner, when executives of the nation's lOth-largest manufacturing firm first made approaches about' assistance WAY TO GO! GOOD JOB FORMALITY notwithstanding, the queen's letter suitably impressed Mrs. Reagan's most faithful correspondent, U.S. Rep. Andrew Jacobs Jr. "You musn't take the time writing to me," he joked in a recent letter, "when royalty is available." Mrs. Reagan's letters aren't always in condolence or congratulation. Take, for instance, the time she wrote to King Khalid of Saudi Arabia to thank him for his attempts to keep oil prices down. Her 1965 Cadillac gets 8 to 10 miles a gallon. And then there was her personal be-ratement of the Ayatollah Khomeini, whom she scolded for mourning a dead friend when the ruler himself had endangered so many more lives. ( He didn't write back, she reports.) Other celebrities with whom Mrs. Reagan has corresponded include Gerald Ford. Menachem Begin ( his answers still need translating), Elizabeth Taylor and John Warner, Mrs. Nelson Rockefeller. See PEN PAL Page 2 ALMOST ... W j f ' f w Concept? from the state. BOWEN SAID NOT word one about Chrysler aid, the biggest public policy question for the legislature in years, as far as some observers are concerned, in his "state of the state" speech. Phillip Bainbridge, the Democratic former speaker who likes frequently to return to the scene of those madcap days on behalf of Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and other lobbying clients, is going to be seen more, not less. He has bought a home and is moving the family to Carmel. Phil says he definitely will keep a hand in back at the Lake County scene, just as he kept a law office in Indianapolis most of the time since leaving the legislature. Bainbridge may be best remembered as the man who brought the sound of John Denver in stereo to the speaker's private office

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