The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 16, 1996 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 16, 1996
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AB WEDNESDAY. OCTQRFR 1 6 , 1996 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL V WAR CRIMES Hangman has no regrets for executing Nazis Half a century after hangings, MP says 'It was a pleasure doing if By JON MARCUS The Associated Press REVERE, Mass. — One at a time, they dropped through the trap door of the hangman's scaffold and fell still. Gestapo boss Ernst Kaltenbrun- ner. Hans Frank, governor-general of occupied Poland. Slave-labor czar Fritz Sauckel. Austrian Nazi Arthur Seyss-Inquart. In all, 10 of who led the Third Reich were hanged in Nuremberg on Oct. 16, 1946, for crimes against humanity. "It was a pleasure doing it," said 78-year-old Joseph Malta, the U.S. Army military policeman who held the noose 50 years ago today. "I'd do it all over again." Malta hanged 60 Nazi government and military leaders but became known as Hangman 10 for executing 10 top Nazis on that one night in the gymnasium of Nuremberg's Landsberg Prison. "These were the ones that gave the orders," he said. "They weren't sorry for anything." Malta was a 28-year-old MP when the Army asked for volunteers to hang the men condemned by the International Military Tribunal. He stepped forward, he said, because he had learned during his short time in occupied Germany about the Nazis and their newly exposed crimes. "Being there and talking to the people there, it was easy for me to decide to do it," said Malta. "It had to be done." Malta soon found himself in Nuremberg and face to face with Hermann Goering, the Allies' prize catch. "He was still the boss then," Malta said. "He told us we wasted too much time. I told him we had to do things by the book. He said, 'When the time comes to get me, I'll be dead.'" Goering kept his promise by taking poison two hours before he was to have been executed. As for the others, they were escorted one by one before dawn to two portable scaffolds Malta had designed so that the trap doors wouldn't swing back and strike the condemned in the head. Stacked nearby were 11 empty wooden coffins, one for Goering and one each for the 10 other condemned men. A dozen journalists and generals from the major Allied powers — the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and France — looked on as black cloth hoods were placed over the prisoners' heads. A German priest recited a short prayer. When he reached "Amen," the trap door was opened by U.S. Army Master Sgt. John Woods, and Malta went beneath the scaffold with a U.S. Army doctor to cut down the corpse. Beside Kaltenbrunner, Frank, Sauckel and Seyss-Inquart, Malta executed Hitler's foreign minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop; The Associated Press Former U.S. Army military policeman Joseph Malta, Revere, Mass., holds a noose Tuesday as he discusses his role as hangman of Nazi war criminals In Nuremberg, West Germany, 50 years ago. The model scaffold was made by prisoners at Nuremberg's Landsberg Prison, where Malta executed 10 top-ranked Nazis on a single night. chief military adviser, Field Marshal General Wilhelm Keitel; interior minister, Wilhelm Frick; General Alfred Jodl; and anti- Jewish propagandists Alfred Rosenberg and Julius Streicher. None of the men expressed remorse, Malta said, Streicher spit in his face, then shouted, "Heil Hitler!" Ribbentropp exclaimed, "God save Germany!" The last to die, Seyss-Inquart exclaimed: "I believe in Germany!" The hangings took just one hour and 15 minutes. Malta left the Army in 1947 and returned to his civilian job as a floor sander. He keeps a tiny replica of the Landsberg Prison scaffold in the apartment he shares with his wife in this community near Boston. T CRIME Judge denies deaf man's jury request Man charged with rape wanted to have a jury fluent in sign language By The Associated Press RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A deaf man's unprecedented request to be tried in a rape case by a jury fluent in sign language was rejected Tuesday. "Why is it any more unique than a defendant or victim both speaking Spanish or Russian or Czech?" Superior Court Judge Gordon Burkhart asked during a hearing on the request by Jesse Macias. Macias, 19, San Diego, is accused of raping a 17-year-old deaf girl on June 3 at the California School for the Deaf, which they both attended. Defense attorney Mara Feiger argued that a jury untrained in sign language could not judge the truthfulness of Macias' accuser and other deaf witnesses. She said such jurors could not recognize the nuances conveyed through body language, facial expression and gesture. Prosecutor Cynthia Brewer disagreed: "I'm not convinced that anybody can observe somebody signing ... and make a determination about whether that person' is telling the truth." While denying the request, the judge said the defense could call an expert on sign language to testify about its nuances. At a preliminary hearing, the girl testified through an interpreter that Macias, whom she has known for five years, raped her at ter the two became separated froin a group on campus. The girl said she cried out for help but other- deaf students could not hear her. T FAKE PREGNANCY Officials fear there's no body in grave Prosecutors in murder trial want to know if woman faked pregnancy By The Associated Press KEOKUK, Iowa — A woman accused of murdering an acquaintance to obtain a baby boy she called her own may have lied about giving birth to a stillborn child three years ago, prosecutors said. A child's grave is scheduled to be opened Friday by the state medical examiner, Dr. Thomas Bennett, because officials now suspect it may have been empty all along. "I don't believe there's a body in that grave," Lee County Attorney Michael Short said Monday. "The old adage of who's buried in Grant's Tomb certainly applies." Kimmi Lynn Hardy, 36, Keokuk, is charged with murder, accused of luring Theresa Lynn Lund to her home, shooting her to death and showing off Lund's 6-week-old son, Paul, as her own. Lund's mother reported her daughter and grandson missing Aug. 28, the same day Hardy announced she had given birth to a son. Police learned of the baby from an anonymous caller and identified him as Paul through footprint records. Short said the Lund case may be the second time Hardy faked a pregnancy. He said Hardy had surgery in 1984 that made it virtually impossible for her to become pregnant as she claimed in 1993. Hardy's former husband, Wendell Smith, went with his wife to an Iowa City hospital in 1993 after she told him she was pregnant, Short said in court documents. "Forty-five minutes later, a call came for Mr. Smith in the waiting room. The female caller advised that his wife had just delivered a boy, but the boy had died. With that, the caller hung up," the documents said. Smith told authorities his wife said the baby's remains would be cremated and the ashes returned. Hardy's husband of three months, Robert Hardy, told police that she shot the 34-year-old Lund in their basement and hid the body in a crawl space. He told authorities he found the body but did not come forward at the time. He later led authorities to Lund's body. Prosecutors have said he will probably be charged as an accessory in the slaying. JIM KNIGHT Life Insurance - Health Insurance Annuity Investments Phone 827-1154 First United Methodist Church 122 North 8 th /Salina,KS 825-0228 presents Rev. Brian Bauknight October 20-22, 1996 Schedule of McAdams Spiritual Life Mission Sunday, October 20, 1996 - Services with Rev. Brian Bauknight preaching 8:30 am & 10:50 Worship - Tlte Encouraging Word 6:00 pm Youth discussion with Brian 7:00 pm Worship & Praise Service - Standing on the Promises Fellowship & Refreshment time to follow Worship Monday, October 21, 1996 7:00 am Prayer Breakfast at the Church 10:00 am Bible Study on the Story of Moses ; ' 12:00 noon Brown bag lunch discussion. Right on the Money. 7:00 pm Worship & Praise Service - The Great Walk Rev. Brian Bauknight preaching Fellowship & Refreshment time to follow Worship Tuesday, October 22, 1996 7:00 am Prayer Breakfast 10:00 am Bible Study on the Story of Moses 7:00 pm Worship & Praise Service - More Than Chicken Soup Rev. Brian Bauknight preaching Fellowship & Refreshment time to follow Worship Nursery available at all events except Prayer breakfasts. 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