Independent from Long Beach, California on February 24, 1969 · Page 3
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 3

Long Beach, California
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Monday, February 24, 1969
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Family to Testify Sirhan Not Sane at RFK Killing Sirhan B. Sirhan, his mother and two of his brothers may testify this week to help prove his lawyers' contention that the killing of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was "totally a product of a sick, obsessed mind and personality." They will be among 42 defense witnesses summoned to bolster efforts of the Jordanian immigrant's attorneys to save him from the gas chamber. Associate prosecutor David N. Fitts has said it is possible the posecution will rest its case by Wednesday, clearing the way for testimony from Sirhan's mother, his brothers, Adel and Mnnir, and Sirhan himself. * * * * S I R I I A N 'S mother, Mary, and brother, Mtmir, conferred Sunday morning with associate defense counsel Russell F.. Parsons at his downtown office, Man Leaps Oii Ocean Liner* Dies A crewman aboard the Matson liner Lurline leaped overboard and presumably was lost Sunday about 20 miles off Point Fermin. A spokesman for the steamship company, which listed the death as a suicide, said the man's name would be withheld until relatives are notified. A six^hour search, joined by a Coast Guard helicopter and surface craft while the liner circled the area, failed to locate the body. The Lurline was inbound from Hawaii. The incident caused a six-hour delay in the Lurline's departure for San Francisco. apparently in connection with their forthcoming appearances on the witness stand. Sirhan is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Kennedy and faces either life imprisonment or the gas chamber. The trial resumes today after a weekend recess. Sirhan and his mother have testified once before, hut spoke only about the family's economic situation. Defense attorneys have conceded Sirhan fired the fatal shots, but contend he was in a self-induced trance and had no voluntary control over his will. "The killing was unplanned and undeliherate, impulsive and without premeditation or malice, lo- tally a product of a sick, obsessed mind and personality," defense lawyer Emile Zola Bcrman said. "At the actual moment of the shooting, he (Sirhan) was out of contact with reality, in a trance in which he had no voluntary control over his will, his judgment, his feelings or his action," the New York lawyer said. * * * * DURING today's trial session, defense and prosecution attorneys are expected to clash over the admissibility as evidence of notebooks found during a search of Sirhan's Pasadena home. One notebook contained the sentence: "Robert F. Kennedy must he assassinated before June 5, 1968." Before the trial recessed for the weekend, prosecution witness Alvin Clark, a trash collector, testified Sirhan told him he was planning lo kill "that son of a b (Kennedy)" t w o months before the California presidential primary, which Kennedy won. Chief defense counsel Grant B. Cooper expects to take about three weeks to present the defense case. I LIKE IT, said one visitor -- a n d maybe the only visitor--to El Dorado Park Sunday while scores of Long Beach residents bemoaned still another day of showers, raincoats and stalled cars. Asked if the old thing about this kind of weather being "nice weather for, e t c . . . " were true, the visitor just paddled on, without comment. --siaft Photo RAIN CAUSES SLIDES, FLOODS (Continued from Page A - l ) ly Rlvd. was killed when his car collided with another in the rain. A soldier on leave, Faustina E. Valdez of Santa Paula was killed when his compact bus skidded on the Hollywood Freeway and hit a pole. Jn the forested Ojai Valley north of J,os Angeles, six families were evacuated for the third time in a month. Ojai itself was almost isolated Sunday night as principal roads were closed. Only road open -- but subject to stoppage -- Sunday night was Route 33 to Ventura. In the Angeles National Forest near Wrightwood. a sheriff's rescue party used a snow plow to clear a path down from Table Top Mountain for 75 persons stranded in their cars when a blizzard struck. A few of the 25 autos were without chains and had to be left behind. * * * * AS THE RAIN fell, police broadcast an appeal for persons with pickup trucks to haul sandbags into Mandeville Canyon, where mudslides caused heavy damage in a January storm. Response was quick and the call was cancelled by mid-evening. At Fillmore and Santa Paula, north of Los Angeles, many of the 3,000 persons evacuated in last month's storm again worked feverishly to shore up properties against rising, debris-filled river waters. Cilrus growers at Santa Paula said trees were covered with mud and probably would be lost. WITH SMALL craft warnings hoisted along the coastline. heavy seas stalled efforts off Santa Barbara to activate three oil wells to help siphon pools of leaking oil from the ocean floor. The storm caused suspension of two searches. At Bishop, heavy falling snow stopped attempts to locale a DC-3 missing for six days w i t h 35 persons r e t u r n i n g 10 .Southern California from a Nevada gambling trip. Near blizzard conditions, strong winds and freezing temperatures halted a Big Bear Lake search for four Explorer Scouts and their adult, leader. Four Tell 17 to Strip, Rob Casino Four bandits forced em- ployes and 17 customers of G.uxtena's Casino Club lo lake off their clothes and robbed them of more 1) S!!.f0tt e.nix Sunday. The victims were t u r n e d to he on the tiooi o: the club at H0'.!7 S. Vermont Ave. while the jobber.-, rifled through t h e i r discaid- ed clothing and a cah register. The bandits, armed w i t h a .-IS-caliber pistol, a k n i f e and an ice pick, then fled through the front door w i t h their loot. Apartment Fire Fatal lo L.B. Man Robert .). Griggs of 1^00 F. Ocean lilvd. was killed in a fire in his apartment Sunday. Four city fire u n i t s contained the blaze w i t h i n lf minuies. Officials were invesi!- gating the p o s s i b i l i t y tlv fire started e i t h e r from a f a u l t y gas wall heater or a c i g a r e t t e accidentally tossed on a mattress. Damage to t h e a p a r t - ment included charred walls, and burned rugs, drapes and a mattress. INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PMJ-A-J Long Seach, Calif., MWKUy, F*b. 24, Wf TV, Stereo Gone A television and stereo Telia, of 118 Maine Ave., equipment totally valued by burglars who pried at S031 were taken from open a side door, Long the home of Antonio H. Beach police said Sunday. ACTION LINE (Continued from Page A - l ) pardon so he could enlist in the U.S. Air Corps and redeem himself. Bergdoll insisted through his lawyer that his position in World War 1 was due to his German sympathies --· in 1914 he had offered his services as a combat aviator for the Kaiser. After Bergdoli was released from prison, he and his family went to Pennsylvania where they operated two farms. Later his wife divorced him. In 1950 Bcrgdoll's son, Alfred, followed in his father's footsteps and was arrested for refusing to report for induction into the armed forces. REACTION Yes, il is true. People do win Reader's Digest Sweepstakes. We won a Valiant five years ago -- our first and only brand new car. We s l i l l have il. The t o t a l cost to us was the license and worth of the car added to our income tax that year. We almost lost it by not answering their letter stating they reserved t h e right to take our picture for advertising purposes. Are we glad we finally sent it in! M.L.P., W i l m i n g t o n . Buffums' Book Shops presents... 'MEET THE A U T H O R " series (2 GUEST AUTHOR SPEAKER BEULAH ROTH Best Selling Author of "Los Angeles-Unusual Guide To Unusual Shopping" Also. CARLOTTA WILLIAMS - Director Noted Literary Critic Reviewing current and forthcoming best sellers Thursday, February 27th al 2:30 P. M. TERRACE ROOM RESTAURANT Downtown Long Beach Single ticket, 1.50 Dessert and coffee will be served PHONE HE 6-9841 FOR RESERVATIONS Book Shop, Downtown Long Beach BufumS · r^-, rf^TM , ^ . --^cvo _ Our Torres sling by Creative Footwear is of handwoven kid for summer comfort Ole, just what you've wanted for summer. A sling that's light, airy, cool and comfortable. You'll like the squared toe, the blocky heel and the unusual construction. The strap is woven as part of the top of the shoe. Imported from Spain. Fine kid leather in navy, bone, white, or natural, 18,00. Shoe Salon, all eight stores LONG BEACH Pine at Broadway SANTA ANA Main at Tenth POMONA Top of the Mall P A L O S V E R D E S Hawthorne at Silvet Spur Rd. LAKEWOOD Del Amo at Gtaywood MARINA Pacific Coast Hwy at 2nd NEWPORT CENTER ·il Fashion Island L A H A S R A 620 Fashion Squait

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