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Thursday, October 18, 1984
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American, 2 Europeans win Nobels in science 18A New home for Actors The area's highest-paid school superintendents 1 Y twins release pitchers Al Williams, Castillo 1D Theatre 1C 3 C 1A Metro Thursday October 18, 1984 6 Section 25C &ngte copy Section APart I Minneapolis and Votumtl Number 184 Copyright 1984 Mmneapok Star and Tribune Company stam ATP 9W UU Sitait outers Joraaon osss BCA to investigate reports of slayings By Joe Rigert and Kevin Diaz Staff Writers State agents have taken over from local authorities an Investigation into allegations that children were killed after being used in child pornography in Scott County. Jack Erskine, superintendent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), said Wednesday that he has assigned four agents to investigate the reports of "murder and missing children." In addition, he said, the FBI will review information from the state probe to determine whether there are possible federal law violations to justify the FBI's entering the case. Federal law prohibits use of children in pornography. Scott County and Shakopee authorities asked the BCA for help last Thursday, more than two months after some children involved in alleged Jordan sex rings told of seeing or hearing about other children being killed and buried. British cut oil price, squeeze all suppliers New York Times New York, N.Y. The British National Oil Corp. cut the official price of most of its North Sea oil by $1.35 a barrel Wednesday, to $28.65, shocking the petroleum industry. The British move puts strong pressure on other suppliers to follow with the first general worldwide oil price decline in 18 months. The unexpected price cut raises the prospect of broad economic benefits for consumers and companies in oil-importing nations, including lower inflation, reduced gasoline and heating oil prices and higher earnings. It also carries a potential of more economic problems for debt-burdened oil exporters such as Nigeria, Mexico and Venezuela. Although oil prices have been weak for some time in the spot, or secondary, market, the British move is seen as especially significant because it is an official reduction by a major supplier of oil through long-term contracts, which account for most of the world's petroleum sales. No other major oil supplier had cut its official price since March 1983, when world oil prices tumbled by $5 a barrel from the benchmark price of $34 for Saudi Arabian light crude. Different grades of oil sell for different prices, and oil of higher quality, such as Britain's North Sea oil, commands a premium. The British action pushed the pound down to a low of $1.1905 in yesterday's currency trading in London before it recovered slightly to finish at $1.2007. In the stock market, shares of oil companies fell in response to the oil price cut Officials of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are believed to be planning an emergency Oil continued on page 12A GAO cites By George Anthan DfS Moines Register Washington, D.C Early in 1982, officials of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered that 12,000 pounds of food products being stored by a Chicago firm were contaminated with rodent excreta and urine. In the two months it took the local Information on the alleged killings is contained in 126 pages of investigative notes that prosecutors withheld from defense attorneys. According to one account, related by at least three children, a black child was stabbed -to death during a sex party in a home, according to a source who Interviewed one of the child witnesses. Despite such accounts, the Scott County investigation was relatively inactive until last week when County Attorney Kathleen Morris reportedly offered immunity from prosecution to at least three defendants in the sex cases if they provided information on the alleged homicides. Then, on Monday, after being turned down on the offers of immunity, Morris dismissed all the criminal charges against the 21 adults in the remaining sexual-abuse cases. She said she didn't want to compromise another major investigation the probe of the alleged killings. Erskine said that three children told Investigate continued on page 8A .SEP i 4iiiiiVk ,!.55Sis: Vw .it..' ,. , , ' , V t . .. ' S- L... 3 Staff Photo by Stormi Greener Pat Clesynski with her nieces and nephews: In back, from left, are Philip Meyers, Pauline Zangrlllo and Jeffrey Meyers. In front are Loretta Melton, Monica Harbes, Theresa Walker and Susan Martinez. Orphaned siblings reclaim family heritage By Ellen Foley Staff Writer Twenty-two years and a tragedy had not dulled the need for family, Pat Clesynski decided. So Wednesday night she welcomed to her Columbia Heights home seven of her nine nieces and tainted food, urges new powers FDA officials to obtain authority to seize the products, all 12,000 pounds had been distributed to the public. In North Carolina the same year, inspectors found that 24,000 pounds of scallops were infested with parasites. When a U.S. marshall arrived at the processing plant more than two months later to seize the Infested scallops, he found that the company had quickly sold the product after ,4 t -, St jatftt--. ''-.Pif These kids have seen something. What it is, we are not sure of. Jack Erskine, superintendent, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension 33 nephews who were adopted and moved to North Carolina 22 years ago after the deaths of their parents. Ciesynski's brother and his wife, Walter and Jean Baker of Battle Lake, Minn., died when their pickup truck overturned on a highway near Fergus Falls, Minn., the FDA's initial inquiries. And a warehouse firm that distributes sugar, flour, cornmeal, wafers, rice and candy to restaurants, schools, nursing homes and hospitals was fined $1,300 after repeated instances of inspectors finding rice stained with rodent urine and excreta, bags of donut mix covered with rodent excreta and a live mouse inside one flour bag. "", v Transcripts allege child-porn ring Copyright 1964 Mtamapofe Star and Tribune By Pat Doyle and Paul McEnroe Staff Writers " A year ago, a 10-year-old Jordan boy" told an Investigator details of what appeared to be a child pornography ring Involving drug payments, death threats and a party at which women whipped children if they did not perform sex acts, according to confidential Scott County police reports. The boy alleged that a photographer forced him to pose for sex pictures with convicted child molester James Rud, a central figure In the widening Scott County investigation. The accusations were detailed in a 25-page transcript written in October 1983 and obtained Wednesday from a lawyer by the Minneapolis Star and Tribune. Other documents include a police interview with a 13-year-old girl who said some former defendants in the Scott County child sexual-abuse case took pornographic photographs and movies of children. : .M in January 1962. The orphans asked to stay together, and within a few months, Catholic Charities arranged their adoption by Genevieve and Donald Meyers of Charlotte, N.C The Bakers' Minnesota relatives were asked not to interfere with These and other examples are cited by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), the congressional investigating agency, in a report calling on Congress to give the FDA broad new powers to quickly seize adulterated food products, and to levy suffer penalties, especially against repeat violators. But the GAO also was critical of the FDA and of the Justice Department Excerpts of the transcript of the October 1 983 interview in which the Jordan boy told police how he was abducted and forced to perform sex acts. Page 6A. H Two Scott County commissioners want to cut County Attorney Kathleen Morris's 1985 budget because she dismissed the child sex abuse cases that have increased costs in her department. Page 1 0A. Scott County Attorney Kathleen Mor-Tis declined to comment yesterday on the allegations or other aspects of the investigation. However, Morris previously said she believed a child pornography ring existed, based on conversations she had with children of some of the defendants. Attorneys for the former defendants said such allegations are implausible and are evidence that the child witnesses were fabricating stories. Pornography continued on page 7A the adoptive family and agreed not visit the children in North Carolina. Wednesday was the first time the bulk of the Baker clan had been together since the orphans Pauline, then 13, Theresa, 12, Timothy, 10, Loretta, 9, Susan, 8, Reunion continued on page 14A for FDA for moving too slowly under existing laws to remedy food-sanitation problems, and for resorting to plea-bargaining procedures under which some companies charged with violating food safety laws have received minor penalties. Under federal law, the FDA is re- sponsible for ensuring the whole-Food continued on page 16A I ' & t K " IT Arthur Rudolph Ex-NASA expert leaves U.S. amid war charges By Ralph Blumenthal New York Times New York, N.Y. A German-born space official who developed the rocket that carried Americans to the moon has left the United States and surrendered his citizenship rather than face Justice Department charges that he had brutalized slave laborers at a Nazi rocket factory during World War II. Announcing the action Wednesday, the Justice Department said that Arthur Rudolph, as director for production of V-2 rockets at an underground factory attached to the Dora-Nordhausen camp from 1943 to 1945, "participated in the persecution of forced laborers, including concentration camp inmates, who were employed there under inhumane conditions." About a third of Dora's 60,000 prisoners died. The announcement on Rudolph, who was brought to the United States in 1945 with Wernher von Braun and more than a hundred other Nazi German technicians and scientists, was negotiated in advance with Rudolph and his lawyer. The announcement did not mention Rudolph's prominent role in the U.S. space and missile programs. Nor did it say where he had gone; investigators said it was West Germany. Rudolph continued on page 14A Almanac Thursday, October 18, 1984 292nd day; 74 to go this year Sunrise: 7:32. Sunset: 6:24 Today's weather Here it comes again Forecasters leave little chance for optimism today. They give the Twin Cities nearly a 100 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms. It also will be windy with a high in the middle to upper 40s. Inside Bell phone rates increase Northwestern Bell will charge 25 cents for directory assistance calls, up from 20 cents, and customers will lose the 53-cent monthly credit for not calling directory assistance, the company said Wednesday Page IB. Trueman gives all in race Patrick Trueman's supporters say his dedication and well-financed and organized campaign give him a chance at beating first-term Incum-. bent DFLer Gerry Sikorski in Minnesota's Sixth District Page IB. Buolnoot 9-15B Qbltuarlot 80 Comlco 9C Thoatwo 4.5C Corroctlono 3A Crossword 180 TV, Radio 1Q.11C Varloty M2C Editorial 32.33A Woathf 2B Classified ado b-180 Telephones Nows genwal 372-4141 Classified 372-4242 Circulation 372-4343 7 5

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