Journal and Courier from Lafayette, Indiana on October 20, 1976 · 13
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Journal and Courier from Lafayette, Indiana · 13

Lafayette, Indiana
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Wednesday, October 20, 1976
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'-..-.v-v c 11 By SHERRY BROWN Regional Reporter OTTERBEIN Death is a grisly thing to find in one's cornfield. And Norman Skoog, to whom that happened, still dislikes talking about the afternoon of Oct. 8 when he found a curious cardboard box sitting squarely in front of him while "opening up" a field on his farm near here. The box, it turned out, contained the remains of a murdered woman. "I just kept wondering whose mother she was," Skoog says now, recounting the events that afternoon when he found himself delivering the corpse to the Benton coroner at Fowler. At this point, nearly two weeks later, nobody knows whose mother she was. Or where she came from. Or who killed her. THE WOMAN who police said was "probably about 60," had graying hair, and was about five feet Regional " TLc lllflflllill is; mm mm .;:v,:.:..-. in itlpit '--?'::-'::?v illliiw Ss:S5i:;s::-sii; Mfilp tat!! mm pili 5f iPii 11 JOAN MONDALE Indiana campaign tzail Indiana gets look at Joan Mondale INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - She joked about a malfunction in her airplane and about a potentially new home in Washington. Joan Mondale, wife of the Democratic nominee for vice president, made a campaign swing through Indiana Tuesday. She was scheduled to address the National Association of Retarded Children conference in Indianapolis, but missed it because of the plane trouble. "I think the Republican National Committee must have hired a mechanic to work on my plane," she told an airport news conference in the Hoosier capital. Asked that if the Carter-Mondale ticket wins, she planned to move into the as yet unoccupied vice president's mansion, she quipped, "I would assume so. We aren't exactly the Rockefellers." Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller has chosen to live in his private Washington residence rather than move into the 30vernment owned mansion. Mrs. Mondale also campaigned in New Harmony and Evansville. She addressed about 120 persons who turned out despite a drizzle in New Harmony. In an effort to get out the vote Nov. 2, she noted that if Hubert H. Humphrey had received one more vote per precinct in 1968, he would have been president instead of Richard M. Nivnn two inches tall and heavy is still unidentified after investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Tippecanoe and Benton sheriff departments. Whoever she was, she was given a pauper's burial Monday at the Fowler Cemetery by Benton authorities, who took some flowers to the grave. There have been few leads, police say, and almost everything leads to a dead-end in the "back 40" acres of Skoogs farm where the box was deposited by some yet-unknown murderer or murderers. "We kept asking ourselves why it was on our farm," he says of his family's feelings. WHEN NORMAN Skoog came upon the box, he rolled it aside, thinking it might have been dropped there by kids, and continued on his way. Later, he enlisted his father-in-law to help load the box onto a truck to transport it to the Skoog home, a white house on stone foundation. State I B I Wel, Oct 20 X " I I ''V f I K I I ' i' - V ! AP Wirephoto Ronald Reagan, who narrowly lost the Republican presidential nomination to Gerald R. Ford, will keynote a GOP fund raising dinner tonight at the Indiana Convention-Exposition Center in Indianapolis. Preceding the $100-a-couple affair will be a $300-a-couple reception for the former California governor. Reagan won the Indiana primary May 4 by about 16,000 votes over the Presi dent. Donald B. Cox, chairman of the President Ford Committee in Indiana, announced Tuesday Ford and his running mate, Sen. Robert J. Dole, plan to campaign in the state next week. Cox said exact times and places are not yet final, but Dole will precede the President. Sen. Carl T. Curtis, R-Neb., is due in Indianapolis Saturday on behalf of Dr. David Crane, GOP nominee for 6th District congressman. During her Indianapolis stop, Mrs. Mondale said last week's televised vice presidential debates helped her husband. "Up until this time, people were welcoming him as a Democrat. Now, they're welcoming him as Fritz Mondale, someone they have seen in their living rooms." She also said she favors passage of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment, adding, 'It doesn't take away any rights that anyone now enjoys. Equality doesn't hurt anyone." "Somebody left us a package," he had said simply to his father-in-law. "I started to get a little nervous about it when we got back to the house," Skoog said. "I called the sheriff and they asked me if it was an emergency. I wasn't quite sure. "I started thinking about it and by this time I was getting really nervous so about a half hour after that we called back and he was on his way." BEFORE SHERIFF Donal Steely arrived, Skoog peeled back a section of the box and found a dark mass tightly packed into the space. "I didn't know it was a body then," Skoog says. All he knew was "something" was wrapped in sheets of opaque plastic and bound tightly with tape. Two things about the packaging of the body remain as curiosities to Skoog. The cardboard box was drenched with a cheap, heady perfume which kept him from detecting the odor of II ClGl pioinng iGsioi Jiere Jir JIuJ By The Associated Press The economy is recovering faster in Indiana than in other states, Lt. Gov. Robert D. Orr said Tuesday in a release from the Deparment of Commerce. Orr, who heads the state agency, said, "More than 114,000 Hoosiers were added to the employment rolls some getting back to work again, others getting a job for the first time. The rate of economic recovery is even exceeding our expectations." Meanwhile, Orr's Democratic opponent in the Nov. 2 election, State Sen. Thomas Teague, claimed the Indiana economy is worse off than four years ago. Teague told the'Terre Haute Rotary Club, "Within the next three weeks a factory closing in New Albany will cut more than 500 jobs from the Hoosier economy. In January, 100 jobs were lost in Washington, Ind., because a factory closed." Willie Mae Reid, Socialist Workers party vice presidential candidate, addressed an Indiana-Purdue University audience in Indianapolis, saying the United States faces no immediate military threat. She urged most defense money go for social programs. The 36-year-old former Chicago mayoral candidate will be on the Indiana ballot with the party's presiden Speed blamed for INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Speed is blamed in a series of accidents on a just-opened section of interstate highway in downtown Indianapolis. State highway officials, noting 10 accidents in the first five days the section was in use, asked state and city police to beef up enforcement of the speed limit. All the crashes were in , the same area a sharp curve near the interchange of Interstate 70-65 with the east leg of the near-downtown loop. A truck driver was killed in an accident Monday. The loop was opened to traffic Friday. Excessive speeds, not the construction of the curve, was responsible for three truck accidents at the scene, said Gene Hallock, chief engineer for the State Highway Commission. He said the curve is "not consid- Deaths ruled accidental KINGMAN Fountain County sheriffs deputies feel no foul play was involved in the deaths of two teenaged youths found in a car parked in a cornfield Monday night. Ricky Lamb, 17, Kingman, and Vicki Carpenter, 17, Hillsboro, were pronounced dead at the scene by Fountain County Coroner Walter Kinser. Accidental carbon monoxide poisoning was ruled as the cause of the deaths. Investigating deputy Ron Morti-more said the youths apparently parked in the corn field some time Saturday night and fell asleep with the motor running. A farmer who spotted the car Sunday morning called deputies to the scene Monday when he discovered the vehicle still parked in the field. Mortimore said the older model car had no muffler. When deputies arrived on the scene, the motor was not running since the vehicle had run out of gas. 1 killed as trains collide NEW HAVEN, Ind. (AP) - A railroad headman was killed Tuesday night when trapped in a flaming caboose after two Norfolk & Western locomotives collided head-on. Police said the victim was Bruce Parker, 22, Fort Wayne. Trainman Don Metzger, 53, Fort Wayne, was hospitalized with second-degree burns. Two other employes were treated and released. Police said Parker was in a caboose behind one of the engines which was hauling about a dozen boxcars. It had passed a switch in an area where a double track narrows to a single one just east of here. a decomposing body. Also, Skoog was shocked to find that a body could be contained in a box he said was about "three feet long and two feet wide and deep." "I just don't see how they got that woman in there," he said in-, credulously. THE PERFUME - which Skoog says "wasn't alluring" was unfamiliar to him. "I'd remember it if I'd ever smelled it before." "You couldn't smell the body until the sheriff got here and made a slit in the plastic," he said. "I could see a dark stain through it though." "He made a little slit in it (the " plastic) and then we were reasonably sure it was a body without opening it any further," he said. "We immediately called the state police." Skoog got the job of taking the body to James Konzelman, the Benton County coroner. "When we opened it we found her like this," Skoog illustrated by ecoi2 ered to be extreme, and we don't think there are any major problems at that location." Roger F. Marsh, highway department executive director, said both city and state police agreed to cooperate "to provide some extra incentive to obeying the speed limit signs." Posted limit for the curve and E3 D B3 E3 ESS E9 E3 D E3 Q E3 D n 0 GRADE B LARGE D EGGS BOX YOUR OWN D 0 S 0 Q Q 0 Q D D 0 0 Q 0 0 D 0 SMOKED CENTER CUT PORK CHOPS rUAMPIOM 0 m$ft6 rU ' iiW I FREEZER BEEF f32B DvJiw CALL 742-1348 WMJ!k1d a S0?g4. FOR THE FINEST MEAT Witel g I yMg I AND BEST DEAL IN TOWN p Q 0 jSffi fillet 8-oz. $99 FREE COFFEE 1 0 7 MIGNON iSSSZA SLICED sj TENDERTENDER PLATTER STYLE n d ROlOMfi CHUCK "1-'"Z a b .BUNLUfefcMA roast : BACOES! 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"If it had been right off 1-65 I might not have thought anything about it. A car could have dumped something on a road that close to the highway but we're a long way from any major roads," he said. tial nominee, Peter Camejo. She said, "We want to reverse the priorities of the government. There is no reason we should continue to prop up a defense system to scare the world or destroy it at the snap of a finger." Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia joined fellow Democrat Vance Hartke in an Indianapolis news conference Tuesday. Byrd urged re-election of his Senate colleague because of the clout he would have with 18 years seniority. "We operate under the seniority system," Byrd said. "So if you send a new man to Washington, it will take him 18 years to be where Sen. Hartke is now." Hartke's Republican challenger, Richard G. Lugar, has vowed to vote to eliminate the seniority system as the sole means of gaining power. Lugar campaigned in Mishawaka, commended economist Milton Friedman for his Nobel Prize and put in a plug for Lugar's view of private enterprise. "In arguing for stronger free enterprise, I would like to acknowledge the debt which I have to Milton Friedman, who has written and lectured many years about the importance of limited government." accidents downtown leg of the loop is 40 miles an hour. Authorities say both trucks and cars have been driving 1045 m.p.h. faster. Marsh said highway crews erected additional speed limit signs Monday, placed flashing barricades on the shoulders, put reflectorized strips on median barriers and checked lighting. E3 E3 E3 E3.X3 C3 EH EH E3 E3 OPEN 7 DAYS A BROWN COUNTY SMOKED SAUSAGE J "3 1 9 2 j CORNER 9TH The Skoog home is located about six miles north of U.S. 52 and is reached only through a series of country twists and turns. "I REALLY don't think that anybody could have carried that box through my cornfield without me being able to notice some broken places on the stalks," he says adamantly. "You can tell when somebody walks through rows of corn." The box was found about nine rows deep into the field. Could jt have been dropped there? "I think so," he says. In the investigation, reports of a helicopter being in the area that morning have come from neighbors. " Yes, I think it could have been dropped from a helicopter," he says. "It was tightly packed." How does it feel to live in the eerie shadow of a murder? "You don't know until it happens to you," Skoog's wife Vandene said quietly. Institution diug use studied INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The National Association for Retarded Citizens (NARC) is invstigating the use or "misuse of medication in facilities for the mentally retarded. Ronald Neman, associate director of the organization, said the study will lead to the preparation of two manuals one for parents and one for professionals. The manuals will deal with steps to take in case of overmedication of loved ones. "Some parents have indicated when their children come home for a weekend, they appear to be overmedicated. A very pessimistic possibility is that patients are being overmedicated to make them easier to deal with. I hope that is now what the survey finds. "If this misuse of drugs is criminal, responsibility of action lies with parent and advocate groups. If these groups suspect problems, they may wish to make on-site investigations of the residential facilities." NARC also is conducting a study of birth difficulties which may lead to mental retardations, Neman said. "An example is mothers whose blood is incompatible with their babies and mothers with hypertension. In both cases there is relatively high frequency of abrupt or long deliveries. 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