Independent from Long Beach, California on February 25, 1969 · Page 3
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Diary Testimony Spurs An INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM)--A-3 Long ttsOi. Calif.. TU».. Feb. 25. IJW By MARY NEISWENDER Staff Writer Tin- ghost of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy 'Monday invaded the small courtroom in which his accused assassin Sirhan B i s h a r a Sirhan fights for his life. The ghost was in the form of a navy blue suit coat--five bullet holes in it and stained with blood -- which grim-faced jurors gingerly examined as the murder trial of the man who is accused of killing the New York senator went into its eighth week. 'Hie coat, the bullets that lore into it and wounded five others and two grisly colored photographs of Kennedy's bullet-punctured head, were all introduced into ovi- dence as the 24-year-old Jordanian sal in somber silence--a rare pose for the accused killer. He broke his si * ' · an angry show of temper, however, when prosecution attorneys began to discuss three notebooks-one of them a sort of din- ry-- which were taken from the bedroom of the Pasadena home he shared with his mother and t w o brothers. THE YOUNG Palestinian Arab almost rose to his feet to begin a heated exchange with one of his a t - torneys when Los Angeles Police Sgl. William Brandt began telling how he found the notebooks in the home. Sirhan, obviously angry, finally held a heated session with all three of his attorneys and his investigator, Michael McCowan, after which chief defense councel Grant Cooper asked for a "short recess, requested by my client." Superior Court Judge Herbert V. Walker noted it was Hearing adjournment time, and recessed the court until 9:15 a.m. today. After a few minutes discussion with Sirhan in a "holding cell" in the security area of the courtroom, Cooper told newsmen all he wanted "was to make sure we object to his diaries . . . they're his own personal property . he doesn't want his privacy invaded." ONE OF ihe notebooks, h a n d - w r i t t e n , allegedly contains a passage reading: "Kennedy must he assassinated before June 5." The senator was shot the morning of J u n e 5 and died 25 hours later. Earlier, ballistics expert DeWayne Wolfer, the man whose testimony was credited with convicting former deputy district at- lorncy Jack Kirschke of ilie murder of his wife and her lover, teslified t h a t the bullet which entered the senator's head as lie walked through Ihe pantry of the Ambassador Hotel was not more than one-inch from his head when it left the muzzle of the gun. "I really feel the gun was closer--about a q u a r t - er of an inch from his head--but added throe quarters of an inch for tolerance," Wolfer, an assistant professor of criminology at California State College at Long Beach, testified. "The other shots were about three inches away--but \vith tolerance, 1 said six." ALTHOUGH two bullet fragments taken from Kennedy's head were too distorted for positive identification. Wolfer said the rest of the bullets taken from five other victims had been fired from the same gun which was wrested from Sirhan's hand following ihe shooting. Methodically. W o 11' e r held up Kennedy's stained and torn jacket, pointing out five bullet holes in it. Two entry holes were in the right armpit area, he noted. One of ihe bullets lodged at the senator's sixth cervicle vertebra, the other exited in the jacket's right lapel area. One bullet, he showed poking his pencil through, entered and exited the jacket's right shoulder pad, not hitting the body. The jacket. Wolfer admitted, had been given 10 him after it had been "cut off" Kennedy at the re- ceiving hospital, and he had stitched it back t»- pother. One sleeve s t i l l was missing. The Imllfts 'isod. m i n i - maTM a m m u n i t i o n . \VulrVr said, spread on impai ·-- "they m;;ke a bigger ho'e" --and could kill at a distance of : half-mile. SIKHAVS pr;:ctke \ \ : t h t h r pistol bullets wa-. brought ou: once again as Harry C. Starr, assistant ranprmasirr a: thf Corona Pistol Range, testified Sirhan had signed the register on Saturday, June 1, to practice. He spent moie than two hours on the range, then li-ft. Stan- said. ( K a r l i e r witnesses tesli- lird t h a i on the following day. Sunday. J u n e 2. he attended a reception for Kennedy, also at the Ambassador Hotel.1 Or. Henry M Cum-o, ;1 gentle-laced, bespectacled neurological surgeon who performed ihe operation on Kennedy's head in an a t l e m p i to save his life, followed Wolfer 10 the stand. DR. CUNITO said he first saw Kennedy at 1:10 a.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital and had exani; ined him as a tracheotomy was being performed to allow proper breathing. "After the tracheotomy, his condition stabilized . . . and finally we were able in take him into surgery. It was about .'1:10 a.m. and surgery lasted until (:.U a.m.." the physician said. "Purpose of the operation was t h a t there \v.is n t e r e r a n i al bid-din;:. !ood ami .spinal fluid vre leakin: out of his ;lr, ear and our coiieeni \ a t h e s e niiijhi he a loud clot in uiu- of thv ain vessels. "\\'e did find a blood n and look ii out and '.lie fragments of bone id nieial . . . and he he- ·jan to I)ii-.:ili on his own." Aidms him. in addition LM.*A,JLM- V^r «, to his own two assistants. the dot-tor raid, was Dr. James Poppin of Boston. nNn a neurologist. BUT AT ":2(i p.m.. do- spne :ill tin- r - f f n r - : . I ) : Cuneo said " t h i n g s \\e:o not uui: 1 .'.; \\^']]. ·['i... sei'-Ci." Kid i! "·! I--.-:ii i h e miil-hrain area and ,il 7 p 1:1 his h r a i n uase-. »e;.!an in hi. ink on: . . there was no aeuon nn liie hrain wavi-s. He died al l:-l-i a in " "Could it I'.ne jp.uif .in-.- t l i f f e 1 - oni'C." defense counsel l!inilf /.ola Bennan asked. M. t/Jt^F ·^·.-1- ^J * ' i f \'ou -- or someone of your talents -- had been at the Central Rei-enim; Hospital when he was l ) i n i i : ! ; in at l'J-:;o''" "1 i!nn'! iM)n!-. -," \n'., don't ni'ihiii/i 1 an "·.)- e'.i'.ion of :!iis MJVI at .1 ;....,, . v ..,,.;, .. .\; :h.. :t-i '-i\ :n-.: ii'isp:!,!] i i l u r k I!H-\ dk! tin 1 oi'iy thu;.^ ai'.yonc onsld do "i\:i- miii-hrain was s n i u r c d . . o u have to w a i t !"i the v i t a l sicns to s!al)ili/ed. '!his only h.ippen-il a; U:i!0 a.m. when we dei kled to operate." I'ERVELER JUKY OUT ,lu:'o:s finished t l i ^ i r f i , - - t dav of deliberations -- °0 m i i t i i i p s -- Alonday ·A-iilii i:t fixing a penalty :-.:- f'.Pil S. Pen-eler. 31. · o m i t t e d o: murdering ,;,..,.. ,,|.m.:,.. Ihey w e r e convicted I. is; week of killing their :ii.ites. The prosecution iOi:;.-nded ;hc-y sought n i-nllei-i fui t h e i r spouses' l i f e i n s u r a n t ? . piggy ,.«?*,.· Ditched Pilot Swears He'll Stick to Terr*a Firma Flights By HERB SHANNON Aerospace Editor A veteran Long Beach pilot who has logged four years lerrying light planes to V i e t n a m vowed Monday to "stick to flying over land" alter ditching a twin-engine charter plane into storm-tossed seas 85 miles off the California coast on a flight from Honolulu. To Warren Bullock, 47, his rescue by seamen of a nearby tanker after more than an hour of battling 15-foot swells and a 40- knot gale in the dark was "nothing but pure luck." "Anybody who survives a ditching even in smooth water is Ihe luckiest guy in the world." Bullock said a f t e r filing reports WARREN BULLOCK Rescued at Sea with Fedreal Aviation Administration officials here. "Coming down out there was just like f l y i n g into a building." CARBON DIOXIDE KILLED AQUANAUT By JACK 0. BALDWIN Maritime Editor Results of an autopsy performed on 33-year-old Aquanaut Berry L. Cannon indicated the Sealab 111 diver died from carbon dioxide poisoning during a dive 610 feet below the surface, the San Diego County Coroner's office revealed Monday. Chief Coroner Robert Creason said the certified cause of death was "acute hemorrhagic pulmonary edema and congestion from acute carlo respiratory failure due to carbon dioxide poisoning. "In layman's terms," Creason said, "Cannon's heart and lungs ceased lo function, causing a massive amount of bloody liquid in accumulate in Ihe lungs." * V- V * THE AUTOPSY report negated an earlier report by the Navy that the aquanaut suffered a cardiac arrest, or heart failure, on Feb. 17. The tests performed revealed no evidence of organic disease or drowning, the coroner said. A Sealab III spokesman said the exact method by which Cannon inhaled the lethal amount of carbon dioxide has not been determined. He said a three-man board of investigation was named on Monday to probe the cause of the aquanaut's death--the first fatality in the Navy's man-in-the-sea project Since it was started in 1964. The hearings 'commence Wednesday at the Navy's Deep Submergence Systems Project Technical Office in San Diego. Meanwhile, the eight surviving members of the first team of divers, were permitted to leave a decompression chamber after undergoing more, than seven days of decompression. Decompression of the eight divers was started shortly after the Navy scrubbed the GO-day undersea experiment following Cannon's death. AN EQUIPMENT check of Ihe breathing gear worn by four aquanuals during a dive to ready the Sealab I I habitat for occupancy, revealed one of Ihe cannisters c o n t a i n i n g an air purifier was empty. A Sealab spokesman said it was not known whether Ihe empty cannister was the one used by Cannon. BULLOCK said the DeHavilland Dove he was ferrying from Hawaii for a Southern California restaurant chain developed fuel pump trouble and was struggling along on one engine early Sunday morning, nearly M hours after takeoff. "i was already more than an hour over my predicted flight time and burning up fuel fast," he said. "I finally saw some lights below, which I I bought might be San Clemente. It turned out to be a ship, and by the time I could see it through the rain there wasn't a chance of regaining altitude." Bullock said he circled Ihe ship once and then cut off his remaining engine. The plane bounced off the crest of one wave and slammed into another. THE PILOT said the plane submerged, then bobbed back to the surface "without a drop of water inside." Wearing a life jacket, B u l l o c k stepped out on a wing lo i n f l a t e a life raft, which promptly blew out of hi.s hands and knocked him into the water. "That was I he lasi I saw of the raft and the plane." he said. "1 was in the water for close to two hours while six men in a small boat from the ship tried to get to me." Bullock said the seamen from the tanker Overseas Alice kept losing him as he floundered from crest, to trough of the huge waves. * V *t * "THEY REALLY did a terrific job." he said. "I'm surprised they could even launch ihe boat in those seas. The only thing I could do was t u r n on a f l a s h l i g h t every t i m e 1 b i i the lop of a wave." Bullock said he was foundering al one point, blinded by the spray and gagging on salt water, when his hand struck a life jacket thrown from the boat. "I couldn't believe i t , " he said. "I strapped it between my legs and from t h e n I managed lo keep my head above walet" most of the time. One life jacket just isn't enough to slay afloat in t h a t kind of weather." FINALLY ihe seamen pulled the pilot aboard their boat, which had burned out ils engine during the search, and all were taken aboard the ship. Aboard the tanker, Bullock found it was only luck that placed the ship in thai area, w i t h deck lights on at 3 a.m. Capt. J. P. Ofnes told the pilot the t a n k e r had sailed from Long Beach Friday to clean out tanks prior to returning Wednesday for repairs at a San Pedro shipyard. * * * * AT DAYLIGHT, a Coasl Guard helicopter directed from Long Beach picked up the pilot and took him lo Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompnc for t r e a t m e n t of exposure and minor injuries. Bullock a d m i t s he is not anxious tu repeal the experience in repoi'ling tu his employers at Aircraft Associates. 2K11 F.. Spring St.. operators of International Air Ferry. 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