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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 27

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\ 18-A The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Sunday, June IS, Questions unanswered in six killings Associated Press ANN ARBOR. Mich. - The questions remain unanswered: Is it one person—or i? it six—who killed six girls in the twin college cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in less than two years. And who is he? Or who are they? Conversation on the campuses of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Eastern Michigan University at Ypsilanti emphasizes a "he" in such anxious phrases as. "I hope they get him before he gets another one." There is sufficient similarity in the six slayings to suggest that the killer of the others might also have killed Alice Elizabeth Kalom, 21, whose raped, slashed and shot body was found last week in an outlying field. About 40 friends and relatives attended funeral services for Miss Kalom yesterday in Portage, Mich. She was buried in a nearby Kalamazoo cemetery. Then again there are enough differences to suggest that more than one killer is involved. Law enforcement authorities concede they just don't know. "By solving one, we'll solve more than one, I can tell you that." says prosecutor William F. Delhey. He adds: "The trouble, of course, is that we're attempting to ascribe a logical line of reasoning to an illogical and savage man . . . We'll never get this trying to dope it out. We've got to come up with something solid." The first murder occurred Aug. 7, 1967. Two of the victims were from the Michigan U. campus, two from Eastern Michigan. One was a 16-year-old high school dropout, the other a 13- year-old junior high school girl. Robben W. Fleming, president of the University of Michigan, says, "It appears we are faced with a deranged mind and it is difficult, if not impossible, to provide total security." Hundred of tips have flooded police and sheriff's deputies, but so far none has panned out. Rewards totaling $32,000 have been posted. But more evidence has been uncovered in the Kalom slaying than in the others. A week ago yesterday, she purchased a yellow and white babushka that was found tossed over her head when her tody was discovered 48 hours later. She visited a girl friend later that Saturday, ironing her purple blouse and miniskirt. The blouse was in shreds, the miniskirt pulled below her knees, when her body was discovered by three boys wandering through high grass in a field on an abandoned farm Monday. Miss Kalom was seen at a party at 12:30 a.m. last Sunday at a onetime railroad station now converted into a rehearsal hall for rock bands and rented for private parties. An estimated 200 were there. Detectives said others told them they "thought" they saw her as late as 2:30 a.m. at the party, talking with four men, one of whom she had dated. The police say they have not found a witness who saw her leave. "We'll find somebody who was with her in that three- hour period from 2:30 a.m. to dawn Sunday," one detective said. "But if we're going to have to go through all her contacts through Sunday it's going to be a long road." So far no one has been discovered who saw her alive last Sunday, which raised another question. Did the killer dump her body immediately, did he keep it, dumping it later in the field four miles from where she is known to have been slain? Four of the five other victims were disposed of immediately. Pathologists report, however, the body of Joan E. Schell, 20, an Eastern Michigan University coed, apparently was kept in an earthen cellar for three or four days prior to its discovery in a field July 5. 1968. Buttons from Miss Kalom's gaily-colored raincoat and a pair of loafers she had been wearing were found on a makeshift road leading to a gravel pit. There was dried blood there, too. "Enough that a person losing it would die." Sheriff Douglas F. Harvey said. It was there, Harvey said, she must have been slain. Miss Kalom had been raped. Not all of the others had. But there were knife slashes across her breast, as in the case of four others, and also on her stomach and throat, One victim bore 19 knife wounds. She also had been shot in the head. Only one other had. That was Jane Mixer, a 23- year-old Michigan law student, shot twice and left on a grave in a cemetery east of Ypsilanti last March. She had posted a notice shortly before on the Student Union bulletin board that she was looking for a ride home to Muskegon. Miss Schell was last seen hitchhiking from Ypsilanti to Ann Arbor to see an AWOL soldier friend who was living there. Witnesses told authorities they saw her enter a red and black car occupied by three males. Mary Fleszar, 19, of Willia, Mich., an Eastern Michigan coed, was the first victim in the string and her slaying was the most macabre. Her body was discovered Aug. 7, 1967. on a rubbish dump obscured by a clump of box elders. Both feet had been cut off. So had the fingers of one hand and an arm. 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