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ON THE TRAIL OF HENRY VIII EXHIBITS SHED LIGHT ON TEMPESTUOUS MONARCH TRAVEL, 1G IN ACCENT, IF: BOCA KIDS MEET COUNTRY COUSINS IN OPINION, IE: HEALTH CARE ON THE CRITICAL LIST HOT, HUMID Heat wave continues across the eastern half of the nation. South Florida will bake with highs in 90s. WEATHER, 2A The Palm Beach Post SUNDAYJULY21, 1991 FINAL EDITION 4 310 PAGES ONE DOLLAR A CRAMP IN rr' THEIR STYLE HEAT, EXHAUSTION PLAGUE yj DOLPHINS TRAINING CAMP i sports, ic Still no answers to 7-year puzzle A 1 Two 8-year-old girls disappeared in 1984. Victor Wonyetye was nearby both times. Police call him a strong suspect, but he's' never been charged in either case.

By FRANK CERABINO Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Police know a lot about child rapist Victor Wonyetye's lust for little girls. Detectives have watched the 48-year-old man masturbate as he gazed at young girls sleeping in their beds, playing miniature golf near John Prince Park or swimming at a Wellington community pool. They've seized his collection of children's underwear advertisements clipped from newspapers. They've talked to his stepdaughter, the girl he began having sex with when she was 11, and to his former friends, who called him "Chester the Molester." They've put tracking devices on his car, sifted through his garbage, tapped his phone and monitored his mail. They know a lot about him, but they don't know whether Victor Wonyetye likes little girls enough to abduct one off the street.

It has been a frustrating question. For nearly seven years, Wonyetye has been named as a suspect in the disappearance of Christy Luna of Greenacres and Tammy Belanger of Exeter, N.H. The girls, both 8, disappeared within six months during 1984. Evidence linking Wonyetye to each case is circumstantial, bolstered by the existence of the other case but unable to stand alone. Wonyetye denies ever meeting either girl.

He uses the word "crucifixion" to describe attempts to link him to their disappearances. "What they should say is that for seven years they have tried to make me a suspect, but they can't," Wonyetye said last month. Despite his denials, the suspicion has lingered and recently grown. And as usual, it has come up short. Over the Memorial Day weekend, police tailed Wonyetye (pronounced wuh-NET-ee) as he left his mother's Lake Worth home for a trip to Fort White, a town in North Florida.

Once there, Sheriff's Office Detective Lauro Diaz secretly watched Wonyetye May 26 as he made a U-turn in his vehicle and cut across a field to approach two 8-year-old girls. Diaz thought Wonyetye might be thinking about picking them up. But the officer didn't have a backup and was having problems with his radio. As he watched Wonyetye drive up and try to strike up a conversation, Diaz decided to scrap the surveillance. Diaz, according to his report, cut Wonyetye off and announced that the girls were with him.

Please see SUSPECT 12A 1991 FILE PHOTO Victor Wonyetye faces trial on burglary charges in Lake Worth. At The Gates Of Hell, Life Gets Bizarre fvrj. iv suss Baker visit is critical for Israel 'No' to peace proposal could wreck economy By JOEL BRINKLEY New York Times News Service JERUSALEM No matter what happens when Secretary of State James Baker visits today, for the people of Israel, his stop in Jerusalem will likely bring a profound change in their lives. If the Israeli government says yes, makes the requested concessions and agrees to attend a regional peace conference, there is mammmmm the chance that at long last ANALYSIS 1 PC El I hese. 0 many Israelis couiu real ize their fondest wish to make peace with all their -'V RICK McKAYPalm Beach Post Washington Bureau buried him with his blanket, a pillow, a sock, a stuffed animal and dog biscuits.

Pet owners covered the cemetery fence with memorials. Robin Maltenfort, exercise physiologist from Brooklyn, buried her miniature schnauzer, Chelsea, at the Long Island Pet Cemetery in 1989. She neighbors. But the answer is widely expected to be' no, meaning a worsening of tensions with the Arabs and expected economic repercussions from Israel's main benefactor, Washington. Israel got added pressure Saturday when Saudi Arabia said it would support Egypt's offer to help lift the 43-year-old Arab boycott of Israel if Israel would suspend settlement-building in the occupied territories.

The Saudi move, made during a visit to Jeddah by Baker, came after Lebanon had announced it would join Syria in supporting President Bush's proposal for an Arab-Israeli peace conference. Baker is hoping that if he can line up enough Arab overtures of this nature, he will, at best, be able to convince Israelis that there really is a change in mood in the Arab world on the question of reconciliation with Israel and at a minimum, make it politically very difficult for Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir to continue opposing a peace conference. The mood is not upbeat in Israel. Shimon Peres, head of the opposition Labor Party, was not just promoting party politics Saturday afternoon when he said, "I estimate that nothing will happen, and I regret it very much." Early last week the small parties that give Shamir his governing majority plainly told him they would withdraw their support, meaning the government Pet owners spill emotions at Long Island cemetery By JODI MAILANDER Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MIDDLE ISLAND, N.Y. In crime-ridden, culture-conscious New York City, it was the lead story on the evening news.

Tragedy in the suburbs. A tearful white-haired woman stood next to the TV reporter. Black letters at the bottom of the screen solemnly identified her: Owner of Poopsie. Consider it just another day at the Long Island Pet Cemetery where ghastly sights and grim humor have become bizarre partners in this drama of dog lovers gone off the deep end. It's a stomach-churner with a titillating bite and a cast of characters to warm any mutt's heart.

There is the Manhattan reception Chelsea, and bring her to Florida if he gets that new job. Even self-described animal activist LaToya Jackson has pulled up to the cemetery gates in her silver limo to offer condolences. She brought her 6y2-foot python, Adam, "because I wanted him to see this, too." Please see PETS8A ist searching for a DNA specialist to prove ashes in the box on her TV truly belong to her deceased Doberman. A couple who threw a bar mitzvah for their West Highland terrier, Sparky, when he turned 13, and wonder whether he's buried under his hand-carved $3,500 tombstone. And the Brooklyn man who wants to exhume his miniature schnauzer, Please see ISRAEL 1 OA Inside Duped 900-number callers demand tougher rules 4' BLACK FILMMAKERS Making their mark in Hollywood.

ENTERTAINMENT, 1L BOOKS 3L BRIDGE COMICS -I jr. I IM.1I I I in, 1.1, HM. in ml Ml i Immigrant investors stand ready to buy full U.S. residency lis Angeles Times News Service t. LOS ANGELES A century after Lady Liberty proclaimed, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses," Uncle Sam is issuing a new call this time for the world's millionaires.

Through a little-heralded provision in the Immigration Act of 1990, the United States is offering well-heeled immigrants the chance to become permanent residents for an investment of $1 million in a business creating at least 10 jobs for Americans. Up to 10,000 investor visas will be issued annually Starting Oct. 1, marking the first time in the country's history that wealth has become a criterion for legal immigration. With the start of the program, the United States will join a growing number of countries from the tiny South Pacific kingdom of Tonga to Canada that have jumped into the visa selling business and turned it into a booming global enterprise. The new law has been wildly cheered by developers, attorneys and government officials who have inundated prospective immigrants with investment options, from million-dollar hamburger stands to experimental bicycle patents.

Even the former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service's Western Region, Harold Ezell, has begun selling car washes and Wien-erschnitzel hot dog franchises to the soon-to-be-arriving "yacht people" of the world. Please see VISAS1 5A V- ANN LANDERS 2F LETTERS 4E LOTTERIES NEWS SHOW 11A OBITUARIES 8B SCHULTZ IE STOCKS 4D THEATERS RON WIGGINS IF By CHARLES ELMORE Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Charles Benfer thought he was claiming a credit card reserved especially for him when he dialed a 900 number at the urging of a West Palm Beach telemarketer. But instead of a card, the Rochester, N.Y., resident ended up with a $100 phone bill and a sinking feeling in his gut. "There was no card at all," Benfer said.

"They sent me some pamphlets with general information about applying for a credit card, including a list of banks." The company, Shur-Loc Systems denies deception. But Benfer's claim that he was duped is typical of growing consumer dissatisfaction that has put regulators and phone companies on the alert and the $1 billion-a-year 900 industry on the defensive. The 900 numbers are used to sell information services over the phone. And industry officials maintain most businesses that use the technique are legitimate. "Problem" services are confined to a 10 percent to 15 percent segment of the market, says Albert Angel, chairman of the National Association oi Information Ser- BUSINESS CLASSIFIED DEAR ABBY DOUGLAS EDITORIALS FLA.

NEWS HATHAWAY ID 1J 2F ID 2E 15A 2E Money-saving advice for han-dling 900 numbers 14A vices, an industry group. But the problem services are drawing a lot of attention to the industry: Earlier this month, long-distance provider US Sprint announced that, because of public uproar, it would stop providing new 900 lines for credit card, romance and job services. The U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs praised the move as a way to "help consumers avoid deceptive fees and services." The Federal Communications Commission and the Florida Public Service Commission are considering new rules to protect consumers. Proposed regulations would forbid cutting off local phone service because of a disputed 900 charge; further restrict children's access to 900 lines; require a preamble message disclosing costs; and allow a caller to hang up without charge in the first 12 to 18 seconds.

Last week, an appeals court Please see 900 NUMBERS 14A Vol. 58 No. 29 1991 The Palm Beach Post 1 3 Sections FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 8204663 1 800654-1231 POSTLINES: IN ACCENT E.A. KENNEDY IllStaff Photographer Marlins Shirts On Sale MIAMI Workers sold up to 4,000 Marlins T-shirts Saturday, the first day they were available at Joe Robbie Stadium. Mark Skufca, 35, of Fort Lauderdale tries on an $18 version.

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