Battle Creek Enquirer from Battle Creek, Michigan on October 15, 1996 · Page 8
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

A Publisher Extra Newspaper

Battle Creek Enquirer from Battle Creek, Michigan · Page 8

Battle Creek, Michigan
Issue Date:
Tuesday, October 15, 1996
Page 8
Start Free Trial

NATION '8A Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1996 Battle Creek Enquirer Children live 2 weeks with slain mom's body IMIATTRESS John Howard ' Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Neighbors noticed nothing unusual about the 8-year-old boy and his 14-year-old sister for those two weeks. And even after the children opened all the doors and windows, no one noticed the smell. ', Sgt Bob Mitchell noticed it rig' t jiway as he drove up ro the house Jwhere police say the children lived Iwhile their slain mother's body jdecomposed in a closed bedroom. 1 could smell it without our car win dows being down," Mitchell said Monday. ' The children's father stabbed and beat 38-year-old Janice Castorena, threatened to kill them if they told, and fled, police said. For two weeks, the children visited friends, made meals and kept to themselves while living in the home. Police found the woman's body after the boy purposely got caught shoplifting at a supermarket late Sunday to attract attention, Mitchell said. The boy told officers that he thought his mother was dead. Investigators searched today for the father, Robert Castorena, 38, a high school social studies teacher who quit his job last month and vanished about two weeks ago. A motive in the slaying was not immediately clear. Investigators said they believe Mrs. Castorena was knifed and bludgeoned to death on Oct. 1 and that her husband left within two days. Before he left, Castorena held a knife to his daughter's throat and warned her not to go to police, Mitchell said. "She pleaded for her life, saying she wanted to have children some day," he said. Castorena also threatened the boy while holding the knife, Mitchell added. Officers found the boy's sister in the home; Mrs. Castorena's body was on a bedroom' floor. Police don't believe the children had seen their mother. The boy and girl, whose names were not released, were in protective custody and in good physical condition. Cold Weather is On its Way! You need a quality heating system. Get one now and pay nothing for 6 months. Get one of these newUggl systems and save $200 on a cleaner, quieter and more efficient system than you've ever owned. Plus, at the end of 6 months you have the option of paying off your new 0 system or paying as little as $35 per month. All covered by the Hodgson Exclusive full 5 year parts and labor warranty. 'No payments, no interest for 6 months available to qualified credit applicants. Call for a free estimate on this limited offer 964-HEAT , HODGSON! WCOOLINGg Donovan D. Royal, Psy. D. Licensed Psychologist Confidential Diagnostic and Treatment Services Children, Adults, Couples and Families depression anxiety & panic domestic violence stress management low self-esteem coping with chronic illness & pain attention deficit hyperactivity obsessive compulsive behavior eating disorders grief and loss 963-6675 25 1 0 Capital Avenue S.W., Suite 1 0 1 Battle Creek, Michigan 490 1 5 Member American Psychological Association V3D UliLNjLKjU Q STORE CLOSING STORE CLOSING STORE CLOSING STORE CLOSING STORE CLOSING m finrii,uhiiMdii:KMbJin7n SHI kail 2 a 2) o n r O on 3 O 3 o o r o Vi 3 o Oi H O 0) H o S n r o () 5 O STORE CLOSING STORE CLOSING FREE Removal and Scl-Lp FREE 90 Day Price Guarantee FREE Delivery Area FREE lav-A-Way FRFF 90 Days Same As Cash fc L.-tvft vf ft : , ' j AMTTOBSS MART Now Has SIMMONS. Come See Our Mfctf New Beds Arriving Daily fH tmmim 1. v-t Li i I dlJlliMFI?rnrf!rWnrFfF! i Sleep King $59 Compare at: S64 Compoe " or Full.ea.pc...$I39 Sets Only Twin. Price' 5119 Simmons Beminmi Supreme hixun $194 Compare al: S229 Coupon Twin. Ea. Pc. 'UataoloUe of. Pnce '264 Queen. scl....SM9 589 King, scl S899 '789 Simmons Moxipedic Re genc Plush $129K Compare at: SI49 Corom 'IMcataUt t Price" Full.ea.pc...S2(B 5189 Queen, sel....S499 s449 King, sel S699 '599 Simmons Beaunresi Ultra Premium Wool Firm $229 Compare at: S269 umpoK Full. ea. pc...S349 s299 Queen. sct....S789 '689 King, sel SI099 989 Simmons Beautyresi Celebris Firm $169 Compare al: Mhv (OTCOK Twin. Fj. Pi Pnce Full.ea. pc...S249 4224 Queen. sel....S549 U89 King, sel S799 "689 Simmons Beaunrtst Vllra Premium Wool Plush 229 Twin. Conrpaic jx Cotd,; "Uabeotocit St Prke" Full. ea. pc...S34y 299 Queen. scl....S7S9 s689 King, set (m 989 UNBEATABLE PNCE Is Ire to.. Guaranteed!!! BATTLE CREEK 979-9799 5285 BeckleyRd (Next to Wendy's) KALAMAZOO 349-4999 5601 West Main (NexttoChi-chis) riT7lkllf.MII y. 1 i TZ-Yf ?! 1 .TIM i i v -r-. J l l l . i. Offers New Automobile Insurance CuloBuftBnflv (Policies! For the "SAFE" driver Convenient "pay as you drive" continuous plan! NO FINANCE CHARGE NO COSTLY DUES NO MEMBERSHIP TO BUY AS LOW AS Each Month Mandatory No Fault Coverage Sample premium shown for drivers who enjoy 5 years of safe driving, use the vehicle for pleasure and are married, ages 25-54, with two or more cars to be insured on same policy and live in Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Kent, and Ottawa counties. Cities of Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Kentwood proper available at slightly higher premiums. 3 and 6 month continuous policies also available. (Determined by multiplying rate shown by 3 for three months or 6 for six months) Full coverage, including comprehensive and collision insurance, is also available at very low premiums. A 25 discount is applied to most additional cars, PLUS a full 25 discount on most multi-car policies. Additional discounts for mature persons age 55 and over. Also call about our new highly competitive adult single rates for women 25 and over and men 30 and over. CALL DURING OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. STORE CLOSING STORE CLOSING STORE CLOSING A Michigan Company for over 75 years. i ! 5

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 16,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Publisher Extra Newspapers

  • Exclusive licensed content from premium publishers like the Battle Creek Enquirer
  • Archives through last month
  • Continually updated

Try it free