The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 12, 1986 · Page 18
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The Salina Journal Sunday, January 12,1986 Page 28 Family and friends attend the funeral of Judy McLean, who was shot by her former husband. In living nightmare, child loses parents in storm of fear, revenge PAUL, Idaho (AP) - In the cold . darkness before dawn, Jeffrey Hayden padded into his mother's bedroom and curled up in the comforter at the foot of her bed to shake off a nightmare. In his seven years, Jeff had endured a lifetime's worth of bad dreams as the object of a bitter custody battle. But as the boy huddled with his pillow on the floor, he could never have imagined the living nightmare that was about to explode around him. - Sometime after 4 a.m. on Jan. 4, Jeff's father, Kenneth Arthur Hayden, 38, brolce into the bedroom of his former wife, Judy McLean, 35, and shot her to death. As he stopped to reload, Hayden was killed by her husband, Kermit McLean, with a revolver the couple kept in the bedroom closet. In a few violent moments, amid blood and broken glass, Jeff Hayden had lost the adoptive parents who had struggled so desperately over him, one out of love, the other out of hate. >. It took two bullets to kil] Ken Hay• den's obsession with a marriage gone sour and a son he couldn't have. It ,t;ook one shotgun blast to strip Judy ' McLean of the fear she had worn for years like an ill-fitting garment, fashioned from the loose threads of a bitter divorce, Hayden's hatred of her and his abduction of their son. "I'm sure if she had had a choice between losing Jeff and dying, she'd have chosen dying," said Judy McLean's cousin, Tom Dailey, who • grew up with her and held her as dear ' as a sister. They saw less of each other after her marriage out of high school to Hayden, whose family lived near hers in Chula Vista, Calif. But the cousins celebrated together after Dailey's mother helped arrange Jeff's adoption in 1978. Judy was "baby-crazy," Dailey said, but incapable of having children. She and Hayden adopted two: first Heather, an 8-year-old who is now married; and then Jeff, taken from his mother at birth. "Ken was hesitant about adopting Jeff," Dailey recalled. "When Jeff was a baby, he didn't ever want to mess with him, do the fatherly things. But Judy was so tickled about having a baby, she took it all on •herself." Efficient, friendly. Those were the words family and friends used to ^describe Judy McLean. She kept a spotless house, was the kind of person who would mow the lawn of a vacationing neighbor without being asked. She loved the outdoors, fishing, baseball games. And kids. Especially kids. A complaint filed with the San Diego social services department alleged that Heather had been molested. Although criminal charges were never filed, the complaint led to the Haydens' divorce in the late 1970s; Judy Hayden was granted custody of ; both children. In 1980, she moved to Paul, population 954, a windy little farm town , near the Snake River in south-central Idaho. It was going to be a fresh .start, away from California, away from Hayden. In 1981, Hayden came to Paul, took Jeff on a camping trip and never brought him home. Hay den's attorney, Thomas Ryan, ' believes he took Jeff because he was frustrated by his former wife's reluctance to let him see the boy. But Dailey said the motivation was "strictly revenge," and Chula Vista police Lt. Billy Cox, who tracked Hayden, agreed. : "I don't think it had anything to do with love of the child," he said. "It had to do with hatred of her." With her usual determination and efficiency, Judy Hayden launched a campaign to find her son. She and Dailey sent out more than 30,000 posters to agencies around the country. She appeared on Phil Donahue's show. She followed hundreds of leads. "She just would not give up," said Dailey, who bankrolled the search. "She asked me about 100 times a day, 'Tom, are we going to get Jeff back?' And I'd say, 'Yes, I promise we won't stop until we do.' " Eleven months and more than $20,000 later, on May 7, 1982, father and son were found in a motor home in a parking lot outside the library in Darien, Conn. Hayden was convicted of a misdemeanor child custody violation and sentenced to three months in jail and three years' probation. With Jeff at home, his mother began putting her life together again. She started dating a local fermer, car. Sometime between then and the tune he showed up at the Burley Budget Inn near Interstate 84 on Friday night, Hayden bought a five- foot ladder, two gasoline cans that he filled and a .20-gauge shotgun with case. Five hours after checking into the motel, Hayden arrived at the McLeans' one-story home. He was wearing a bulky overcoat, boots and a bicycle helmet. With Burley- Rupert telephone books stuffed up his jeans legs for protection from broken glass, a glove on his left hand and a flashlight lashed to his gun barrel, he set up the ladder outside the McLeans' bedroom and threw a tire rim through the window above their bed. The rim crashed through the glass, bounced off the bed and hit Jeff, who scrambled from the room and hid under the crib in the nursery, leaving "For a 7-year-old kid, he's sure been through a lot of hell." — Tom Dailey Kermit McLean, and they married in 1983. She became Paul City Clerk when Lavauna Tibbitts retired after 17 years. She began taking courses toward her college degree. She and McLean arranged to adopt a baby, and they turned a second bedroom into a nursery. Mostly, she worked at creating a sense of security for herself and her son. "After Judy got the boy back... we started proceedings to toy to terminate Ken's parental (visitation) rights on the grounds he wasn't good for the boy," said Donald Chisholm, her attorney. Hayden was finally allowed to see Jeff at the McLean home with Judy present or within Minidoka County in the company of a police officer, Chisholm said. It was a compromise for Judy McLean. Friends and family remember she never stopped looking over her shoulder. The McLeans began keeping a loaded .22-caliber revolver on the shelf in their bedroom closet. "Judy always had the fear that Hayden would come back and kidnap the child again," said Paul Police Chief C.K. Harkness, who kept Hayden's photo pinned on his wall for two years so he'd know him if he saw him. The McLeans always knew Jeffa whereabouts, and he was never allowed to venture much farther than the Orr house next door. She also filed a lawsuit against Hayden and his family for more than $700,000 in damages in connection with Jeff's abduction. Chisholm said that stirred up more bad feelings between the families. "They had shown no willingness to settle. They were fighting us all the way," he said. A trial had been set for this March, and Chisholm's partner, John Bradley, went to California to take depositions in November. Chisholm speculated that the litigation might have pushed Hayden to the wall. Certain documents were due Friday, Jan. 3. That morning, Harkness said, Hayden drove a rented car to Los Angeles International Airport and flew to Boise. In Emmett, 30 miles to the north, he rented another behind his Disney-pruned pillow. Kermit McLean told police that when the glass and noise shattered his sleep, he screamed, thinking he was having a nightmare, then tried to push the intruder .back out the window. A blow—from a fist or gun butt, he was unsure which — knocked him off the bed. The small room exploded in gunfire. Judy McLean, who was standing beside the bed, was killed by a blast that ripped through the arm she held up to shield herself and blew a hole in her chest. Four more rounds were fired, one tearing through the wall and hitting Jeff's empty crib. Hayden turned on the bedroom light. "Now it's your turn," he told Kermit McLean, and began to reload. Kermit McLean reached into a closet, pulled out a .22-caliber revolver and shot Hayden twice in the head. Hayden died crouched in the corner of the bedroom, his shotgun on his lap. At the mortuary, police found five more rounds on Hayden. In his rented car, they found goodbye letters to Jeff and Hayden's family and the names and addresses of Dailey, Chisholm and Bradley. The tiny town of Paul, where crime had always been limited to penny ante burglaries and barroom rowdiness, fell into shock. The curious drove up and down the street in front of the McLean home. For the first time, Linda Orr's children slept with the shade drawn and the hall light burning. "These things happen in Chicago or New York," Harkness said. "But they just don't happen in Paul." People agreed it was a miracle that Kermit McLean survived with only minor injuries and that Jeff was unharmed, with so many shotgun blasts in such a small room. "I'm not a religious person, but the Lord was in that room,'' Dailey said. In less than a week, Hayden's death was ruled justifiable homicide. Lavauna Tibbitts was back at her old post as city clerk, fielding job applications that started coming in the Monday after the murder. "There's a lot of people out of work,'' she said. The baby the McLeans had arranged to adopt was born. Kermit McLean began having nightmares. Hundreds of people attended Judy McLean's funeral service at the First Baptist Church, and the closest friends braved the blustery wind at Paul Cemetery. "I took him to the funeral chapel, just the two of us, and explained to him about Judy," said Dailey, who hopes to be made Jeff's permanent guardian. "For a 7-year-old kid, he's sure been through a lot of hell.'' Trapper (Continued from page 27) buried trap had caught it's attention; the trap had snared the animal. The coyote was still alive and had melted snow that covered the ground while making futile attempts to get away. Ackerman hopped out of his pickup and took a snapshot of his catch. He explained that he takes pictures of everything he traps to capture the moment. Using a .22 caliber rifle, the trapper drew a bead, then fired, taking the animal out of its misery. He threw the carcass in the back of his pickup, then rumbled off to the next trap. "That right there is a good pelt on that coyote," Ackerman said, pointing out the whiteness of the animal's belly — a characteristic sought by east coast fur buyers. He uses many different tricks to lure the coyote — the cattle skull, the dead cow, and gland and call lures that he makes from different animal glands and excretions. "Not anybody can catch a coyote," Ackerman said. "Coyotes by nature are very worrisome. They have a super sense of sound — their ears are super-sensitive. They're one of the most nervous animals around." In one pasture where coyotes were working, Ackerman put a dead cow in a corner, then filled the fenceline with tumbleweeds. Banking on his knowledge of the animal, he figured the coyotes would run along the fence trying to get at the meat, so he left a few small openings in which he placed snare traps — wire loops that tighten when the animal runs through. Sure enough, a coyote had ducked through the hole in the fence and into the trap. Ackerman figures his coyote pelts this year will bring from $10 apiece up to $25 for the best. He averages taking 50-60 coyotes a year, and also will trap some raccoon, beaver and bobcat. He says he'll make as much Eight still hospitalized SEALY, Texas (AP) — At least eight people remained hospitalized Saturday following an ammonia leak at a meatpacking plant that injured two dozen, officials said. Company officials said they did not know what caused an ammonia pipeline at the Braunfels Meat Inc. plant to rupture in the plant's slaughter area Friday morning. Twenty-three workers and a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector at the plant suffered injuries ranging from pulmonary burns to facial and eye irritation, authorities said. as $2,000 profit trapping this year. Several years ago, coyote pelts were bringing up to $70 apiece. But when the price was high, everyone started hunting coyotes, flooding the market with pelts, he said. So the price dropped and many trappers quit. Today, the coyote population is thickening because of the reduced trapping and hunting pressure, Ackerman said. "Trapping in this state is important," Ackerman said. "If we don't trap, if we don't hunt, if we don't kill a certain percentage there will be overpopulation. There will be more animals and less food to eat. "If we didn't hunt and trap coyotes, we'd be overrun with coyotes." Others, however, don't buy that argument. Gayle Rose, vice-president of the Saline County Humane Association, says there are other, more humane methods to keep coyotes from preying on livestock, such as penning young animals and using dogs, or even llamas, to protect herds. "Trapping is the harshest way to eliminate an animal," Rose said. "Trapping is cheap. But trapping is also very cruel." Ackerman vehemently defends trapping coyotes with one question: "I say, 'Have you ever seen a cow that's down and has been half eaten alive?' There are two sides to every coin." 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