The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 23, 1954 · Page 3
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MONDAY, AUGUST 33, 1954 BLYTHEVILLK (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Tipsters and Crackpots Befuddle Puzzling Sheppard Murder Case By JAMES CROSSLEY NBA Staff Correspondent CLEVELAND (NBA) — "Put Dr. Sam in a windowless room for 24 hours and then question him over a sound system. That'll make him talk." That's the latest voluntary suggestion made to police investigating the murder of Marilyn Sheppard. It came in all seriousness from a psychiatrist fascinated, like thousands around the country, by the mystery. The authorities, then- case gummed up with absurdities enough now, recoiled at the suggestion with horror. "What does he think this is?" asked County Prosecutor Prank T. Cullitan, "A branch of the Gestapo?" * * * Practically everyming has been tossed into the investigation of whether Samuel H. Sheppard is guilty of killing his wife. Every crackpot thinks he can crack the case. One man confessed . he did it. That was a Lorain, Ohio, steel worker. He was admitting it loudly in a bar. He changed his story in the cooler. In Baltimore, a drifter who. claimed he'd worked at the Sheppards' exclusive hospital long-distanced a Cleveland paper that he'd turned down an offer of $1000 to kill Marilyn, then was offered $500 to find a professional killer. An officer flew down but reported the story "was cooked up to impress a blonde." There's an open season for crank tips concerning any woman Dr. Sheppard might have known during his life—even some who were complete strangers. * * * Police were hunting: a mysterious "Margo" he was supposed to have known on the west coast. Margot Peebles, of Detroit, a former Army nurse, got involved when her husband gave an "anonymous top" that she might have been the woman. Police found she'd never heard of Dr. Sam until he got hi the papers. Mrs. Julee Lossman. wife of a Cleveland automobile dealer joined the parade of voluntary information givers. She'd had some hugging and kissing episodes with the doctor after he'd rebuilt her lacerated face when she was an accident victim. "I felt I owed him my life. . . . I must have lost my head, . . . Actually it was nothing. . . My husband and I didn't think it was important but I decided to tell all to the authorities. . . . I'm . - - • Eick of the whole thing" She felt she had been 4l the aggressor," not Dr. Sam. THE MAN IN THE ORTHOPEDIC COLLAR: Dr. Sam Sheppard's costume hasn't helped keep the case from sailing off the ground. NURSE SUSAN HATES: Police hit pay dirt on "mee-ow" stuff. Another mystery woman named "Sandy" was mentioned in a police tip. That tip lost a ball game for Bob Kelly, a pitcher for the Indianapolis ball team. A few hours before a game in Columbus, Ohio, he read in the papers that the trail led fco no one else but his wife, Sandra, back in Indianapolis. Bob allowed three walks, four hits and three runs, and was jerked after three innings. On closer scrutiny it developed that Mrs. Kelly had been a high school sorority friend of Mr&, Sheppard in Cleveland. It was when she was visiting Sam and Marilyn in California that she met Bob Kelly. She's been a perfectly innocent friend of the family. Another athlete, professional football star Otto Graham, was questioned along with his wife, without results. * * * But look out, grals. The police are on the hunt for a bare-looking girl who' is said to have been parked with Dr. Sam near his home recently. A fowner Bay Vil- laige policeman volunteered that tip. "I couldn't see any clothes on the woman/' he reported. Detective Chief James McArthur, by this time a bit wary, observed:" "With the clothes women we=T' these days this might only mean that she was wearing a sleeevless dress." When investigators began asking questions of the girls on the staff of the Sheppard hospital they got a hatful of catty comment aimed at Susan Hayes, a former lab technician there. It was mostly "mee-ow" stuff but they hit pay dirt when they quizzed Susan herself. She admitted intimacies with the doctor. Police have checked a flood of strange tips. When a woman dreamed there was a secret compartment in the third step of the Sheppard stairs, officers dutifully thumped and pried to disprove that dreams solve crimes. After phone calls from various people who wanted to get in on the act, they searched the downspouts of the house, probed an unused well, dusted wrenches in Dr. Sam's Jaguar for fingerprints, checked his son's metal toys. A golfing partner of Marilyn said a No. 8 iron was misisng. The new "murder weapon" got banner headlines, but after a couple of days it was found that Marilyn never owned a No. 8 iron. Prime missing clue is the T-shirt Dr. Sam wore on the night of the murder. At least three were turned in, including one found on a city dump and mailed in without name or address. None was Dr. Sam's. * * * Of course Dr.. Sam didn't help keep the case from sailing around about three feet off the ground. His orthopedic collar and dark glasses gave him the appearance of a flying saucer pilot. Things didn't settle down much either when he took to wearing a small revolver strapped around the waist while he was still at liberty. Tip-weary police now have resorted to keeping the lie-detector machine fired up all the time and giving" indiscrimiate tests to everyone who volunteers a clue. The machine has freed Bay Village Mayor J, Spencer Houk of "suspicion," Meanwhile, Dr. Sam has received an offer of $1000 a month for a three-month lease on his lakeside home. Harry Albaeker of Lorain' would like to commercialize it as "a mecca for tourists and curiosity seekers." LITTLl LIZ— When the worm turns, it's prob- obly because he got instructions from the back seat. Army Claims Only Minor Melon Molesting TOKYO ($> — The IT. S. Army, taking issue* with some Japanese farmers, said today its paratroopers did only S36 worth of damage to watermelon crops on a recent test drop—including the ones the soldiers ate. The farmers had claimed the soldiers had eaten and otherwise damaged $360 worth. The Army said every company in the 187th Airborne Regiment that made the drop will be held equally responsible for the watermelons and will chip in to repay the farmers. Stof e to Seek Murder Charges For Teen-Age 'Thrill-Killers' NEW YORK Gfi—The state today will ask a Brooklyn grand jury to indict for first-degree murder four teen-age terrorists who allegedly tortured and battered harmless people just for thrills. Police said two of their victims were killed. The shocking reports of the foursome's brutality brought new vigor to a police campaign already started against, "undesirables." Over the weekend more than 600 persons were rounded up by police on the lookout for hoodlums and toughs. Police also had their eyes open for any Would-be imitators of the kill-for-thrill gang. One alleged band of imitators was caught only after its victim.. Joel Ewen, a 19-year-old student, stumbled into a police station with his face covered with blood. He reported he was set upor- by three youths, the leader of whom yelled at his victim: "I'm Soslow, the thrill killer." He referred to Jack Koslow, 18, j already jailed as the alleged lead- jer of the four who police say j prowled Brooklyn parks viciously [beating helpless men and, in one case, horsewhipping two young girls. | Koslow is now being held for as) sault. His three buddies — Melvin Mittman. 17; Jerome Lieberman, 117; and Robert Trachtenberg, 15— are under indictment for homicide in the death of one of the victims. All four are reported by police to have admitted taking part in the ! second death, for which the first- j degree murder indictment is sought. Koslow's attorney, Murray Cutler, said over the weekend he planned to ask Brooklyn County Court to transfer the youth from jail to Kings County Hospital for psychiatric care. A similar request made in State Supreme Court last Friday was turned down. The Koslow imitators who at- 9 More Counties In State to Get Drought Aid i WASHINGTON UP)— Nine more] Arkansas counties have been des-j ignated drought disaster areas. i Farmers in the counties—Gar- i land, Grant, Hot Spring, Howard, j Montgomery, Pike. Polk, Saline and j Sevier—will be eligible to get fed-1 eral aid in maintaining livestock; herds. This brings to 371 the number of j Arkansas counties designated asj drought disaster areas. j Under the program, the U. S. | Department of Agriculture pays 60 j cents a hundred pounds tovs'ard the j cost of livestock feed grains need--; FACT THREE ^•. L II l» ' ""'* "•* *d by farmer*. The federal gov~ emraent also pay* half the cost up to $10 a ton, of transporting hay to farmers. Higher Food Prices Boost Living Cost Index WASHINGTON «V- Higher f prices, attributed mainly to drought conditions sent, the government's living cost index up slightly in July." It was the third straight month of rising costs and will mean, a penny-an-hour pay boost for about one million workers in the auto, aircraft and farm equipment industries. The Bureau of abor Satistics reported yesterday that its index for July was 115.2 per cent of the 194749 living costs average. This is just two -tenths of a point under the record reached last Octorber. tacked Ewen were identified by j police as Anthony Ferrentino. 21, j j Clifton, N.J., andVrank Lyons, 20, j ' and Eugene Mooney, 23, both of j Brooklyn. j They were held in 55,000 bail I each on third - degree assault i charges. i The Pilgrims made the mistake of not bringing cows with them., and lack of milk is said to have a bearing on the high death rate, particularly of children. Cows were required to be brought on later ships. 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