The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 16, 1951 · Page 5
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 19M (ARK.)' COURIER PAGE fTVl 'Deuce of Spades' Slaying of American OSS Officer in Italy Disclosed by U.S. WASHINGTON, Aug l«. If,— A cold-blooded "deuc« of spades" killing of an American cloak-and-dagger officer behind enemy lines in Italy seven years ago ha* been wived, the Defense Department •id yesterday. • The department declared MaJ. William V. Holohan, then 40, was killed by two fellow American servicemen with the aid of two Italians. All were alUched to an Ol- deparlment accused them of tookradioed headquarters that the ma- place- outside the U. S.. and they " J J ' ' ' are beyond reach of military courts because both have been discharged from service. Body Dropped In Lake The department said the death of Holohan occurred on the night of Dec. 6. 1944. It said that after the major was killed, his body was tied up in a weighted sleeping bag and dropped into 30 feet of water or had disappeared, and also ar- anged a fake attack on the vill where the mission was quartered make It appear that Holohan had been killed or captured by the ~ ermans. fic« of Strategic Services mission parachuted into enemy territory to get the low-down on partisan guerrilla bands. One of the former U.S. servicemen denied, any connection with the killing; the other withheld comment Named by the department as the principles In the case were: Aldo Icardi, then a 23-year-old lieutenant, formerly of Pittsburgh but now employed in New York City. The department said in a !or- mal mimeographed announcement that Icardi hatched the plot in disagreement with Holohan over how much arms aid to give to Communist partisans. Carl G. LoDolce, then a sergeant, from Rochester, N.Y. The department said LoDolce "drew the two spades" and thus got the assign ment of shooting Holohan when Icardi decided poison given him earlier might not be effective. Icardi [>enlffi Any Part At his home in Preakness, N.J Icardi denied any part in the klll- jOig and said he assumed it maj •f^ve been done by two Italians who the Department said, had told the entire etory. "The Department of Defense ha: gone way off base In assuming I am Implicated," Icardi told a reporter "1 deny any connection with thi killing. "The way It happened Is news tc me. Now that those two men hav admitted they were Involved In th killing, I assume that part of th etory Is true. This is the first have heard of it, however. "When the shooting started, ran. That's the last I ever hear of him (HoloharO." Htuband Is Silent In Rochester, LoDolce's wii Ruby said "my husband want to make any statement lint he finds out what it is all about Bhe said he has been studying un dernhe GJ. bill at the Rocheste Institute of Technilogy. The Defense Department said and .the Justice Department ha been poring over lawbooks seeking] a way to prosecute Icardi and Ix>Dolce in this country, and it added: ?All possibilities have now been exhausted ^and it appears that'^the pnJy hops''of prosecution lies with ^ctloarb? the Italian courts." '^The • Italian embassy declined comment on whether It would seek to have the two men sent back to Italy for trial. They cannot be tried by civil eourU here since the slaying the Jail in Illinois To Be Probed For 'Laxity' CHICAGO, Aug. 16 <ifi— Alleged "laxity" In the big Cook County jail was investigated today as more than 1.000 policemen searched for an armed fupitive who killed guard and escaped from the death row. "Shoot to kill" orders are out for Harry William*, to, sin foot, iwo inch Negro who beat tower guard Arthur Turley to death and scaled the wall to freedom Tuesday night, Williams, ft rapist and slayer, was scheduled to be executed Sept. li, One guard already has been lired. Edwin T. Hreen, first assistant stale's attorney, said the escape was "a case of gross negligence and laxity." Brccn said no search was made of cells in the death tier occupied by "12 n( the toughest men in the United BUitM." He said he also is seeking to U.S. S~kf ftlght Bon Upon CttchoiloYokio For '/nconrcntefic*' WASHINGTON, Aug. 18. MV- A plan to bar Communist Czechoslovakia'! airlines from flying over the U. S. zone in Germany Is under study in the State Department. orflcljls saw last nlfht this Is learn how Williams obtained 16 sheets from which he braided the rope he used in his escape. ont of Mvwal move* being considered at retaliatory steps to the Czech's Imprisonment of Associated Press correspondent William N. Oatls. Explanatory talks are underway » r lth Britain >nd France. It -ras learned, to see whether they, too, would he interested In banning Czech flights over their occupation /ones. Joint action by the three powers would virtually halt all Czech nights to (he West, officials said, and the U. S. ban alone would circle "ouite an unconvenience." Th» first Iinown mention of »t- fe« fui In an Arabian medical Mi- cyclopedia about 850 A.D. Don't Neglect Slipping FALSE TEETH rx> false teeth drop, slip or wobbl* ..h*n you talfc, eat, laugh or eae*«7 Don't he annoyed and cmbanrft&atd bf *uch handicaps. FASTEETH, sn alkaline inon-actd] powder to sprinkle on jour plates, kppps false teeth more (irmly MI. Gives conflrtent feeling of security and added comfort. No gummy, ftooey. pasty taste or feeling. Oet KABTF.ETH today an any drug «tore. in Lake Orta In the Alps near Trieste. Icardi and Lodoke both spoke alian fluently, and the former was igifially to have headed the mis- on. the statement said. But, it dded, the OSS chief. MaJ. Gen, iljiam Donovan, decided an old- oHicer should be in command nd selected Holohan, who did not peak Italian. The party carried a radio send- ig set and about 4100,000 in gold merican currency and Swisi •ancs. The department said that after he differences sprang up between card! and Holohan, Icardi per- uaded other members of the party hat so long as arms were with- eld from the partisans there was anger they would turn on the iarty and kill them or betray them o the Germans. As the siory was pieced together rom the two Italians. Guiseppi Manninl and Gualtiero Tozzini, the department said, this Is what hapened: "At dinner on the night of Dec. .., 194*. Mannini confessed, he put potassium cyanide into the major's :oup. Holohan quickly became ill and went upstairs to lie down. He Then Waj Shot Fearing the poison would 1 not now be effective and that Holohan would discover the plot. Icardi decided that he would have to be shot. The conspirators drew cards and LoDolce drew the two of spades.. Tozzini handed him a ber- etta automatic. "LoDoke then proceeded upstairs followed by the others, who were afraid he might lose his nerve Holohon was groaning In pain but raised up in bed when the others entered the room. "LoDolce then pressed the ber- etta against his head and fired twice." The department said Icerdl then Soviets Report Admiral's Death MOSCOW, Aug. 18. CAP) — Th Soviet Navy paper Red Fleet toda reported the death of Rear Admiral Ivan \'elichko_46.. 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