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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, June 9, 1970
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SHIRLEY FORBES, 19 sister of Wiidwood beach victim Family in Kensington Stunned by Slaying By JIM SMITH and LEE DANIELS Carl Forbes sat on the sofa in the tiny living room in his Kensington home, tears streaming down wrinkled cheeks, not quite understanding the sudden tragedy that - had shattered his family. "It's gonna be worse now than it ever was," he said. The words echoed the heartbreak and frustration that gripped the 54-year-old widower. Several hours earlier, Forbes had learned his eldest child, Mrs. Carol Ann Hill, 20, was the victim of a brutal sex murder in Wiidwood, N.J. "SHE WANTED a few days to relax," he explained between sobs. "She'd been keeping house for me. Her mother died some time ago." Ahead for . Forbes was the grim task of informing his 19-year-old daughter, Shirley, that her sister was dead. As he waited for Shirley to return home from work, Forbes The Weather (Official U. S. Forecast) Philadelphia and Vicinity Sunny, warm today and tomorrow. High both days 85-90. Fair tonight. Low in mid 60s. Precipitation probability 20 percent today, near zero tonight and tomorrow. Winds southwest 10 MPH. Thursday's outlook: partly cloudy, hot, humid, chance of showers. TEMPERATURES U. S. Cities ill the Past 24 Hours High Low Weather Philadelphia 83 60 Fair Atlantic City 75 9 Fair Boston 77 55 Fair Chicago 85 Cloudy Los Angeles 71 6? Hot Miami 86 74 Rain New Orleans 87 Fair New York 84 60 Fair Pittsburgh 87 60 Fair St. Louis 85 60 Cloudy San Francises 59 52 Fair Washington 86 60 Fair Lowest: Alamosa, Colo. Highest: 101. Imperial. Calif. Sun Rose 5J2 a.m. Sun Sets 8:28 p.m. TODAY'S TIDES Philadelphia Delaware Cape May - - ' a.m. p.m. a.m. p.m. a.m. p.m.B High: 00 6:42 12:31:12 1J 32- Low: 12.30 1:12 JM 54 l 5 Daily Newi Photo by Elwood P. Smith recalled the details that led to Carol Ann's fatal weekend excursion to the shore. Carol Ann was married to Sanford Hill, a soldier stationed somewhere in California, Forbes explained. But there had been marital troubles. "Sanford wanted Carol to move in with his parents in Florida but she thought they were too 'uppity' and decided to stay in Philadelphia. There was talk of a divorce," he continued, "but Sanford wanted a reconciliation." AND THERE were brothers and sisters Carol Ann Hill didn't want to leave. She had been homemaker in the family since the death of her mother. Besides Shirley, there were Carl Jr., 15, Kathleen, 6, and Earl Stephan, 3, who needed someone to look after things in the three-story house at 2013 E. Sergeant st. She worked bard, Forbes rejected, and she was looking forward to the weekend in Wiidwood. Originally Carol intended to go to the shore during the Memorial Day weekend but when she learned her sister Shirley also had plans to go that weekend, she postponed her trip to watch the kids. The only other break from homemaking duties, the grieving father commented, was an occasional date "with Tommy." And that was the only name the family knew the man by. It was Tommy, the family disclosed, who drove Carol to Wiidwood. i 'She was home most of the time," Forbes' went on i "She 1 ' Continued on page 46 1 taigbt dob By JOE O'DOWD, JIM SMITH and LEE DANIELS Three men who live and work in the Wiidwood, N. J., area were being sought today for questioning in the brutal murder of a 20-year-old Kensington woman. The body of the victim Mrs. Carol Ann Hill, of 2013 E. Sergeant st. was found early yesterday on the Wild-wood beach under Hunt's Pier. An autopsy disclosed the young woman had died of manual strangulation during a sadistic attack. Authorities said the victim had been struck by a heavy blow on the left eye, her head pushed into the moist sand and her arms, legs and neck badly bruised. Deep marks on the victim's neck were believed to be teeth bites. WILDWOOD Deputy Police Chief Harry Breslin said today the three men being sought are known to work in Wiidwood and to live, at least temporarily, ia the resort area. Two of them, he said, -were heard saying yesterday after Mrs. Hill's body had been found that they knew the victim. The third man was brought to the attention of police by two Coast Guardsmen. The servicemen told police they'd talked to the man in a WiW-wood bar about a month ago and that he'd told them he liked to "beat up girls and rip their underclothes." The Coast Guardsmen told police they thought little of his story until they read the details of Mrs. Hill's death. The three sought at the shore apparently are the only ROBERT GOODWIN . . . questioned Pastor Accused of Taking Funds Traced to M. Y. - By DAVE RACHER and NELS NELSON The whereabouts of the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Louis Risha are still unknown. But the former pastor of St. Mar-on's Church, 1010 Ellsworth st., does not appear to have returned to his native Lebanon. Monsignor isha, who was spiritual head of Philadelphia's only Maronite church from 1948 until recently, is the subject of an arrest warrant on allegations of converting church funds to his own use. The amount is described in the warrant as "in excess of $200,000." But investigators say it may be closer to $1 million. The lower figure was cited in the complaint because of a 2-year statute -of limitations.'- -!--- . leads currently under investigation in the crime. Earlier, two men were taken into custody bere and admitted driving Mrs. Hill to Wiidwood, but they were cleared of any connection witb her slaying. THE TWO men questioned here were identified as Wil-burt (Tom Jones) Lauer, 29, of the 2400 block N. Hancock st., and a neighbor, Robert Goodwin, 34. Lauer, nicknamed because of his resemblance to the popular British singer, had dated the Hill girl for several months, members of her family said. Lauer, married and father of three, was picked up by Philadelphia police after a search of places he was known to frequent. During questioning, police said, he reveajed that Goodwin had been with him when he drove the Hill girl to Wiidwood last Thursday. Goodwin was picked up later. Both have denied complicity in the murder and no charges were placed against them, police said. Police said the men's stories coincided. Both claimed to have returned to Philadelphia Friday night where they remained until brought in for questioning. ACCORDING TO Wiidwood Police Capt. Louis Suppa, the young woman's body was discovered by two beach patrolmen shortly after midnight yesterday under Hunt's Pier midway between the boardwalk and ocean. (The beach is closed from 10 P. M. to 6 A. M.) Suppa said the girl was found face up with sand on her face and In her mouth. Her skirt had been pulled around her waist and her pants partially torn off. PATROLMEN Charles Brown and Frank Lopez came across the body when they scanned the area under the pier, known as a lovers' hideaway, with a spotlight and saw the girl's leg. Brown later remarked. Normally when the spotlight hits someone they jump up and run. But this person didn't "THE LATEST information 1 have received," said District Attorneyjs Detective Sgt. Thomas' J. Veney yesterday, "is that the subject is still in Brooklyn and has not fled the country, as we had feared." New York City authorities said they have established that Msgr. Risha's personal effects are in the rectory of Our Lady of Lebanon Roman Catholic Church, at 113 Remsen st. ia Brooklyn. But the Monsignor himself was absent yesterday from the rectory and no one knew where to reach him. MEANWHILE, attorney and former city controller Alexander Hemphill, who was retained by State Rep. James Tayoun to represent the communicants of the ; Christian church of the Lebanese com PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS ilduoodl . i.,C f I j r -i "... i ) ist -... . J I - :: k. WILBURT LAUER (right), 29, questioned as material witness in slaying of Mrs. Carol Hill, is escorted at Philadelphia homicide headquarters by Wiidwood Detective Sgt. Armond Franco. Paily Nel fhto br Sam !! move. We knew something was up." THE BEACH was searched minutely over a wide area. About 90 feet from the body, a woman's handbag was found, filled with sand. Carefully emptied, it was found also to contain two pills. Working under spotlights, police carefully screened scoop after scoop of sand. Near the body, they found two pills similar to those in the handbag, then a Public Sen-ice bus stub and a baggage claims check. The check led to a locker in the Public Service terminal and the locker yielded a suitcase containing clothing and more of the pills, these in a bottle containing a physician's name. The physician, in Philadelphia, was contacted. Told of the type pills and given a description of the murdered girl, he provided the name of Carol Hill, a patient. Hair was taken from a hair munity, conferred with Assistant D. A. Eugene Alessan-droni. Tayoun is a member of the church, which is part of the Eastern Rite of the Roman Catholic Church. "I suggested to Mr. Hemphill," said Alessandmni, "that he go to New York City and take whatever appropriate legal action is necessary to attempt to freeze the funds his clients indicate are questioned." Hemphill reportedly took the advice, arranging with a New York attorney to file a petition for an injunction to freeze accounts opened by Msgr. Ri.sha at the Chase Manhattan Bank and another New York banking institution. The D.A.'s office has information that some of the missing funds are in a Lebanon bank. llemphiU, as before,1 do- TUESDAY, JUNE I, ISTI Slaying brush in the suitcav ant matched in the police lab with that of the dead woman. nriLADr.i.piti pii( contacted the hom of Carol Hill and were told !,he had n rt yet returned from WiIriwol. The girl's father, Carl Foi-Im-j Sr., 54, was then notified at Btidd Co., 25th st. and Hinting Park ave., where he's t machinist. Last night. Forles wm taken to Burdctte-Tomhn Memorial Hospital in Cape May Court House whore lie identified the victim as his djuticr. The distraught falhcr arrived at the hospital ah tut 915 P. M. and was whiskrJ down to a dimly lit corridor in the basement where the Caps May County morgue ii located. However, when detective opened the door to the moi'Kii Forbes balked at entering. Police tried to persuade him to identify the body but h repeatedly refused. Finally, In relented and entered the nxMii. Continued on pa;e 4 clined to discuss the m.i't-r with reporters. Till: WKKAVr, issued l.y Municipal Judite Paul K. Dandridge, states that "between June 4. l'.WH. and Pec. 3i). 19!. the accused did withdraw funds in excess of $2K).-0(H) from thp church members (anJ) convert these monies t his own use." A number of the approximately l'KKl com munira ills of the South Philadelphia church yesterday expressed slxtik and disbelief that their former pastor was the subject if an investigation. Some of them were indignant at Tayoun for f;liiii the complaint and suggesteJ he had some personal grni'ta against the Monsignor, Msjr. Risha, from all accounts, wse a popular and belovcl church leader.

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