Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on October 5, 1992 · 1
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Monday, October 5, 1992
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MOMBffif Oct. 5, 1892 TODAY is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. IN MONDAY BUSINESS -i M m d k ,t& .e a ih ,i i .i . .2 & J Weather High, mid-80s; No rain. 2B ltc-m ' fc 4 - oauiiuubLuy joist -mm fines ' Florida's Best Newspaper IwnMMMainwM iMiTMitiMfiiaaiaftMimrtiiiiffl' 25 cents COLUMN QUE Breaking the painful cycle of incest A Tarpon Springs native is rekindling painful memories of childhood incest in a trial against her father and fighting for the rights of other victims. By LAURA GRIFFIN Timet Stall Writer Six weeks after his son was born, 25-year-old Eric Culver hung himself with a cat leash in his bedroom. A victim of incest, he thought it was the only way to stop the cycle. "t Now, years later, Eric's sister has found her own way. Kathie Lee Forrester is pressing charges against her father, who she says sexually abused his four children and untold numbers of others. "We all bear the scars of trying to kill ourselves," Mrs. Forrester said, pushing up a sleeve to reveal the marks of her childhood etched across her wrist. "Eric followed through. In llii . 1 tu, Timet photo V. JANE WIN080R Children's crusadei Kathie Lee Forrester is working to help incest victims. She says she was a victim herself for many years. a way, he was braver than anyone. "He was certainly braver than my father. He was beyond getting help, and he did the only thing he knew to do." After years of therapy, Mrs. Forrester, 34, has gotten to a place where she can openly discuss the years she was abused and can fight for other victims. Last year, she started the ERIC Foundation, an advocacy group for abused children named for her brother. She also turned his name into an acronym for Everybody's Rights Including Children. Through ERIC, she fights for changes in the laws and tougher penalties for incest in Pennsylvania, where she now lives. She also works to connect children with counselors, and she started the Bucks County Incest Prevention Task Force. "I started out wanting to save the world," she said. "Then I realized I can't do that. But maybe I can make the world a little safer for children." Between calls to senators and judges and lawyers and support groups, she must fight her own battle against her father. Asa Eric Culver, who now lives in .Old Town, near Cross City in Dixie ; County, is charged with rape and forcible carnal knowledge according to the law as it read in 1966, a .' time when Mrs. Forrester says she ( remembers him molesting her almost daily in their Tarpon Springs home. Because Florida law has no stat- Please see COLUMN ONE 2A Eoy auresi pdks up pieces assesses stara dainrDsig) By DAVID BALLINQRUD, MARK JOURNEY and MONICA DAVEY Timet SteffWritere Federal and state officials began assessing the destruction left by the weekend's killer tornadoes as police searched for a missing 84-year-old woman last seen near her mobile home moments before it was demolished. Gov. Lawton Chiles and U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young walked the storm-devastated neighborhoods of mid-Pinellas County on Sunday, and Chiles said a state team will survey the damaged areas again today. Then the governor will decide whether to declare the area a state disaster area, making it eligible for federal help. Damage in Pinellas Park alone was estimated by city officials at about $20-mil-lion. The governor's decision could come late today or Tuesday, said State Rep. Mary Bren-nan, D-Pinellas Park, who accompanied Chiles. Young brought along Wallace Stickney, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "I've got a survey team that's already on the way here so that if the governor does indeed make a request, we'll have a head start," Stickney said. Late Sunday, Pinellas Park police continued their search for Amelia "Millie" Riehl. Neighbors saw her and her husband William, also 84, playing cards in the Florida room of their home in the Park Royale Mobile Home Village Please see DAMAGE 5A d Gov. Lawton Chiles toured the tornado-damaged area and may decide today whether to declare it a disaster area to make residents eligible for federal aid. Damage estimates were $20-million in Pinellas Park alone. Timet photo 8C0TT KEELER Elkin D'Leon wipes his brow Sunday while looking through the rubble of his home at 11316 Oakhaven Drive in Pinellas Park. He and his wife, Gloria, were lifted, spinning in the air, and tossed to separate sides of their home by the tornado. Story, 1B Si; $ ) Federal disaster aid may be forthcoming, but some question how much it will help victims of Saturday's storm. 4A Insurance adjusters bring emergency checks to those whose homes were damaged by the tornadoes, ib Atmospheric airmail sends couple's canceled checks from Pinellas Park to Spring Hill, 50 miles away, ib TlRMt photo BRIAN BAER Jack and Marge Boughner huddled in a closet during the storm. "Well, I guess we'll be going back to Michigan," Boughner said as their mobile home was turning on end. Three victims' deaths came without warning The deaths underscore the randomness of the tornadoes. Many nearby residents survived without a scratch. By DAVID OLINOER and BILL ADAIR Tlmot 8t Wrttn Along the streets of Indian Rocks Park mobile home community, a bright orange X marked the side of mangled homes, signifying that occupants had survived a Saturday morning tornado. At lot 95 there was a different notation on the underside of an overturned home leaning against the house next door. "Sig. 7," it read, the law enforcement code for a death in the house. Through a square hole sawed into the bottom of this house, sheriff's deputies and the county medical examiner pulled the body of Mary Rickey. They found her still sitting in her living room chair. She was one of three tornado victims identified Sunday. The others were Sambecca Shotts, a Pinellas Park secretary who died in her garage as her teen-age son watched; and Theresa A. Moore, a part-time resident of Pinellas Park whose mobile home was thrown 50 yards and smashed against a house. Their deaths came with virtually no warning and underscored the randomness of the storm. Many people in nearby homes survived without a scratch. Mary Rickey's Largo home ended up leaning against the undisturbed kitchen of another home where a framed portrait of a teddy bear Please see DEATHS Back page Turmoil affects bid from S.F. Baseball would like an offer from San Francisco this week, but a report says the group trying to save the Giants has many internal problems. By MARC TOPKIN Tkrwa Staff Wrter Members of the San Francisco group seeking to save the Giants are in disagreement on several main issues and the internal turmoil "may unglue the potential deal," according to a published report. The group is divided along three major issues, according to a story in Sunday's San Francisco Examiner. Who should lead them, how much should they pay and what happens if they get sued in the process. With the group facing a midweek deadline from National League president Bill White to make a "competitive" counteroffer to the $115-million Tampa Bay bid, the news of the problems comes at a sensitive time. The Tampa Bay group is pushing for a decision from baseball officials this week. "I certainly hope so," Vincent Naimoli, head of the Tampa Bay group, said Please see BASEBALL 2A AP 200 feared dead A cargo plane slams into two apartment buildings in Amsterdam, killing up to 200 people. 7A Bucs lose Bucs come from ahead to lose to Colts, 24-14. 1C INDEX AnnAbby 3D Business 1-24E ParimutuelslOC Sports 1-11C Television 7D Weather 2B Crossword 6D Vol.109-No. Comics 8D 58 Candidates avoid topic of foreign policy Each has his own reasons for not wanting to discuss it, but all are in the mainstream of thinking on the matter. By JACK PAYTON T)rDlplomrtoJEdlOf WASHINGTON George Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot all agree on one major point: None of them wants to talk much about America's foreign affairs or defense policy if he can help it. Each for his own reasons has decided that there's not much to be gained, and possibly a lot to be lost, by dealing with those subjects just now. So instead of a serious discussion about how much America should spend on the military in a post-Cold War world, we hear how Clinton avoided the draft more than 20 years ago. wnmmM Or instead of talking about DKCISION what the United States should do about arranging peace in the Middle East, we get lectures about family values or Perot's use of private investigators to check up on people. The reasoning behind this is jg ISSUES' Bush has already taken a lot Foreign of heat for paying more atten- AFFAIRS tion to foreign affairs than to problems right here at home. Clinton He may have been a much endorses decorated Navy pilot in World trade pact. 3A War II and he may have en- Perot tered the White House with works on some of the best foreign policy strategy. 3A credentials of any president Bush says this century, but George Bush Clinton linked isn't talking much about it. to Iraq. 3A With the unemployment figures still looking bad and no end in sight to the country's economic stagnation, he's not so anxious right now to deal with problems in Yugoslavia or Please see ISSUES 3A A.

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