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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 64

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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 C13 What Did? From C12 'Everything in this case points to it being suspicious. But they took the view that they were dealing with a longtime addict. They were rushed and had a lot of work to do. The case was just pushed through.' Medical Examiner's Office Spokesman full of life. It's absolutely incredible. Drugs just weren't her sort of thing." Mrs. Feingold spent several days walking the beach near her home, trying to sort it out. She stopped by a local library and checked out some books on drug addiction, but found few answers to her questions. Detective Delagera has "many theories about this death but I think they would produce nothing at this time. You know, one m.e. (medical examiner) told me this is the most logical way to do it, if you want to get rid of somebody." Delagera added: "It's too bad. If this had happened in Wisconsin or some place like that, it would have been a big deal, a big investigation. In New York City, all it has to have is an inkling of an overdose and it's dismissed. "It's too bad." the next room. He later walked around the corner and sat in the park. He took telephone calls for Dorothy and said he "didn't know where she is." Saturday night, "I went to sleep early. I drank some wine." Dorothy had been dead for nearly 24 hours. On Sunday morning, he called the lawyer. "I was referred by a former employer." Between 1 and 2 p.m. the police arrived. Asked about the lactose, Bukowski said he had had the bottle for some time. "I had an ulcer some years ago and mixed it with milk," he said. Where did Dorothy get the morphine? "I don't know. We lived together but had different sets of friends. The people she hung out with and I hung around with wouldn't give her stuff." However Dorothy's death occurred, it haunts and puzzles those who knew her. Terry Ryan wonders if her friend was really dead when she was found unconscious and whether a call to a hospital might have saved her life. "There are just too many loopholes," she said. "When a girl of 24 dies that way, you want to know why." Ted Leatham, Dorothy's boss, said, "She was a rare spirit, nice, aminer's report that the woman had a "long history" of drug abuse. Present at the time the statement apparently was recorded at Bukowski's apartment that Sunday were Bukowski, his attorney, the medical examiner who wrote it and the police. "She had been taking diet pills for her weight," Bukowski said. "I believe she took some that morning (Thursday). "I know for a fact she had ingested morphine before I came home. She told me," he said, explaining that it was a new experiment for Dorothy. "She told me she did it on two occasions. She mentioned she had skin popped (an injection into muscle tissue, usually in the buttocks)." He also denied he told police he got "stoned" after discovering his roommate dead. What did he do? "I freaked out and I did something I never did before. I instantly went to sleep," he said. Bukowski said he was uncertain what time he awoke. "I had no idea what to do." Her death, he said, "was not any of my fault" but he was worried he might have a probation problem. After waking, he said, he built a fire in the fireplace and stared at the flames with Dorothy's body in thing in this case points to it being suspicious. But they took the view that they were dealing with a longtime addict. They were rushed and had a lot of work to do. The case was just pushed through." Dorothy's death was reported on a Sunday. According to Bukowski's account, she died sometime after he left for work Friday morning following the get-together with neighbors the night before. Mrs. Feingold said she last talked to her daughter by telephone on Wednesday. "She was'excited about getting tickets to see Richard Burton in 'Equus.' " Miss Preisler said she talked by telephone with Dorothy at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. "She sounded fine." Miss Ryan, the nursing student, said she received a call from Dorothy that night at about 9. At about 11 p.m., a Long Island neighbor of Dorothy's parents told them she received a telephone call fronv a man identifying himself as Dorojthy's boyfriend. He asked how he could get in touch with Mrs. Feingold, who was out of town, but hung up before getting an answer, the neighbor said. Ted Leatham was Dorothy's boss at tjfe Research Institute of the City University, where she worked part-time as an administrative assistant. "Shi was conscientious to such a degree that once she was in Toronto and called long distance just to say she Would be a little bit late. "We didn't hear from her that Friday and that's why we were so alarmed." Two friends, who asked not to be identified, said Dorothy had been beaten severely at least once in the weeks prior to her death. Strangulation marks were visible on her neck for several days, they said. ','She told me one of her boyfriends beat her and she was afraid things were getting out of hand," one said. Detective Delagera was troubled by the delay of more than 36 hours in reporting Dorothy's death and by the inability of the Medical Examiner's Office to specify exactly what drug was involved or how it was ingested. When DiMaio, the chief medical examiner, signed the autopsy report, without describing it as suspicious penthouse," the doorman told him, "the police were here all day yesterday. She's dead." Shnelvar went to the mortuary and identified the body. "This whole thing doesn't make any sense," he said. "I was coming in ... It also was her mother's birthday that Sunday. If anything, Dorothy would have been up for that because they were really, really close." Mr. and Mrs. Feingold said they called the Medical Examiner's Office and were told their daughter died from an "apparent drug overdose." They waited seven more weeks for the official notice. "We finally went into the city to see what was holding it up," the father said. "The clerk wouldn't let us see a doctor until we said we came all the way from Long Island and wouldn't leave until we did. "We saw Dr. DiMaio and he very abruptly, I thought told us our daughter was a longtime junkie and died of an overdose. I thought my wife was going to faint." "If she overdosed before, she was never admitted to a hospital," Mrs. Feingold said. "We saw her nearly every other weekend. When I read the statement about her supposed drug history, it just hit me. It doesn't make any sense." "I think they just wrote this case off," Mr. Feingold said. Billy Bukowski agreed to speak about the case in the office of his iawyer, who recorded the interview. Bukowski's chronology closely paralleled that attributed to him by the police, with some exceptions. Bukowski stated flatly he had not given Dorothy any drugs and denied he was the source of the medical ex cjMaf$a One of America's finest specialty salons, featuring couture ready-to-wear and boutique, catering to the sophisticated woman, wants vibrant, dynamic, ambitious fashion-aware, sales personnel. Salary and surroundings delightful. Call 655-0660 WORLD OF HAIR (Specializing in Haircutting) 2001 PALM BEACH LAKES BLVD., WEST PALM BEACH PHONE 683-0600 Open Monday-Saturday or stamping it "PPI" (pending police investigation), the homicide squad followed normal procedures and dropped the case on April 6. Delagera handles 30 to 40 cases a week, and like all officers in the understaffed precinct, he feels pressure to move along. But Delagera has kept Miss Feingold's file on his desk, pursuing leads between other assignments and in his spare time. "The case stinks," he said. "I'll do something about it if it takes me five years." One expert pathologist, shown the medical examiner's file, said morphine in the organs could indicate either heroin, pure morphine or certain pills. Ingestion could have been by sniffing, swallowing or injection. There is no indication in the medical examiner's report of exactly what drug was involved or how it might have been ingested. Nor, apparently, where the stomach juices analyzed. Likewise, none of the "evidence" taken from the apartment apparently was tested chemically. Attempts were made to find answers to these questions as well as the origin of Miss Feingold's alleged "drug overdose" history. But Cerwin, the doctor who made the drug overdose and prior arrest notations on the initial report from Bukowski's apartment, was reported on leave from the Medical Examiner's Office. He also had worked for New York Hospital in the radiology department. A spokesman there said Cerwin had left in June. They didn't know where he had gone. Two weeks of attempting to question DiMaio, the chief medical examiner, were unsuccessful. Reached once, DiMaio said he couldn't remember the case. He subsequently failed to return reporters' telephone calls. Terry Ryan said the vial containing white crystals that was taken as "evidence" actually was an innocuous chemical given to her and Dorothy as "a practical joke." Dan Mikulsky is an organic chemistry student at Columbia University who worked with Dorothy at the Research Institute. "We used to kid him about all the time he spent in his lab," Miss Ryan said. "And around Christmas he gave each of us a vial of this chemical as a sort of joke." Mikulsky said he was the "D.M." who put the label on the vial, addressing it to Dot, Dorothy's nickname. He said the chemical was harmless malaic anhydride. A professional chemist said malaic anhydride is a nontoxic white powder, very cheap and very common. By itself, she said, it normally could not kill. Mr. and Mrs. Feingold were visiting their son in Pittsburgh on the weekend their daughter died. When they returned, Ralph Shnelvar, Dorothy's former boyfriend, was waiting on their doorstep to tell them of their daughter's death. Dorothy had called Shnelvar a week earlier and asked him to fly to New York so they could discuss her plan to resume her computer studies. Arriving in New York, Ralph said, he telephoned Dorothy on Saturday but spoke to Billy instead. Terry Ryan and Robin Preisler also said they telephoned the apartment that Saturday. It was the day in which Dorothy's body lay in the bedroom. It also was the day Billy Bukowski allegedly told police he blacked out. All three said Billy told them Dorothy was not at home. Robin Preisler recalled saying as a joke, "Maybe she picked up a sailor or is lying dead in a gutter somewhere. He said, 'Maybe.' " On Monday, Ralph stopped by Dorothy's apartment building. "If you're looking for that girl in the Open Sunday 12:30-5:30 P.M. 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