Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on January 17, 1958 · 3
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Oakland, California
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Friday, January 17, 1958
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o NATURE'S BAY AREA BLANKET It's 1.040 !( abort th Uv.l of th Bay al Riahtll and Crttmont Drlrts in the East Oakland hills and th tun was ihining thr this morning. But th rtt of th City oi Oakland Trlkau pkUi Ktitk DbbImb was omwhr bnath that woolly blctnktt of fog. That's Marin County's ML Tamalpais poking its head up ovsr on th right Downtown Oakland and San Francisco arc somvwhsr undsr the fog in foreground. Elaine's Victim May Have Attacked First, Jury Told REDWOOD CITY, Jaij. 17 A psychiatrist for the proscu-t "n today startled the court-n in the Elaine Soule mur-trial by advancing the t .tory that her victim, Catherine (Kit) Elvins may first have attacked Miss Soule In their Burhngame apartment Dr. Otto G. Freyermuth, 81-year-ofd San Francisco psychiatrist, said in his testimony that Miss Soule was capable of forming intent and that the slaying was; deliberate and premediated. GIRLS FIGHTING? However, he said it was possible the ..girls were fighting hand to hnd the early morning of J4ly 24 when Miss Elvins was slain. He said it was possible that Miss Elvins awakened, saw Miss Soule with the $160 check sent her by her parents from Seattle, and attacked Miss Soule. Under this theory Elaine then picked up the electric iron and beat Miss Elvins, he added. He based this theory on the fact that he noted scratches on Miss Soule's arm and neck and bruises which she said she hadn't noticed until he examined her. Dr. Freyermuth's testimony was admitted over the objections of the girl's defense counsel who declared it was a violation of her rights under the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However, Superior Judge Frank Blum ordered stricken Dr. Freyermuth's statement that the girl was sane. TESTIMONY .CONFLICTS This contrasted to the prosecution's first rebuttal witness, Dr. William Galioni who testified that Elaine killed out of anger and in his opinion was mentally ill. Defense Atty. John Cost protested admitting Dr. Freyermuth's testimony, holding that it would have the effect of compelling the 20-year-old defendant to testify against herself. He held that the psychiatrist examined the girl at court order to test her sanity only and that any testimony other than on this point would be regarding information she gave him for a different purpose. GOOD MEMORY Dr. Freyermuth testified that his examination showed Elaine had m good memory afterwards, was quick with answers, able to understand what he said and generally made no effort to conceal. Dr. Galioni said that Elaine did not kill for money, as maintained yesterday by Dist Atty. Kieth Sorenson. And with rapid-fire cross examination, defense counsel Cost won from him -the admission that Miss Soule in his opinion was mentally ill that morning. The state has contended Elaine murdered her roommate because of her need for Kit's money, specifically in the form of a $160 check sent to Miss Elvins by her parents in Seattle. 6HAKF CONTRAST Sorenson was baking on testimony that Elaine had paused" ew the check, thus forming premeditation, before she struck the sleeping Miss II vim 30 times with a fiatiron By DON DeMAIN Tribune Staff Writer and 21 times with a butcher knife. Dr. Galioni, clinical director of Stockton State Mental Hospital, was called to the stand yesterday as first rebuttal witness for Sorenson after the defense rested its case on a plea of innocence by reason of insanity. His testimony was in sharp contrast to the defense's last witness, Dr. Walter Rapaport, superintendent of Agnew State Hospital, and signalled the opening round in the coming battle of psychiatrists over interpretations of Elaine's mind. In Dr. Rapaport's diagnosis, Elaine was suffering from schizophrenia, a splitting of the emotions from the intellect, and therefore was not capable of premeditation. His testimony was a big setback for Sorenson who angrily protested It was not ad-missable at this portion of the trial where the defendant by law is conclusively presumed to be sane. The question of Elaine's sanity is to be probed at a later hearing after the seven-man, five-woman jury returns a verdict on the first degree murder charge which could send Miss Soule to the gas chamber. But Judge Blum, after continual consultations with both attorneys and the law books, allowed Dr. Rapaport's testimony on grounds it was being used only to show if Elaine was capable of premeditating tne killing of Kit in their Burhngame apartment. RULING CLEARS WAY The judge's ruling opened the way for Dr. Galioni to take the stand, but he testified over the protests of Cost and his co-counsel Brook. Ice. Both attorneys objected that Dr. Galioni was appointed by the court to testify on her sanity, not as to her ability to form an intent to murder. With Judge Blum overruling the motion to strike his testimony. Dr. Galioni took the stand to advance his theory of Elaine's state of mind. "In my studies," he stated, "I found a girl who has placed a strong premium against unpleasant emotions, emotions which she controlled jpracti-cally at all costs." Elaine, he said, could never come out and admit to arguments and altercations in her life, but only refer -to them as quiet disagreements. TENSIONS BUILD UP "This was as far as she could go, and when you go through life, 'sitting on a lid,' so to speak," he said, "the tensions build up with no way of dissipating them. "Elaine," he said, "found it 'extremely unpleasant to admit having emotions of anger.' She was a quiet girl, self controlled. "Yet she did experience them." In his opinion the psychiatrist spoke slowly and thoughtfullythe killing of Miss Elvins was "an outbreak of anger, a violent act of purposeful destruction, not only of Kit, but of herself." Elaine, then had to find some way of denying the anger she felt, Dr. Galioni said, and to do this the element of the check came into it "Money," he said, "was better reason to explain her actions than an admission of anger." The killing of Kit, he concluded was the "intent expression of anger with the purposeful goal of destruction directed toward Catherine Elvins." "However," he said, "Elaine had the mental ability to interpret the situation around her and did have the intent to kiU." Fog Tangles Bay Traffic, Planes, Ships Continued from Fage 1 "soup" that limited sight to a length of only one car. The chilly blanket of fog extended over an area of thousands of sc,uare miles almost without breaX. VAST AREA COVERED From Bakersfield in the south to Red Bluff in the north, the fog clung to the ground. Along the Coast, the area from Monterey north through Sonoma County was "socked in." In the Oakland area, motorists making a normal 20-minute commute trip from the Orinda-Walnut Creek region into Oakland proper at 5 a.m. reported the trip took more than an hour today. It was the airlines which suffered the most severe disruptions as hundreds of passengers found themselves stranded hundreds of miles from where they wanted to be. AIRPORT JAMMED At Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, the aircraft parking spaces took on the appeara. ee they had at the height of the Korean War airlift Some 15 huge transports DC7', DC6, DC4's, Strato-cruisers and Super Constellationslanded here because the local field did not close down until more than two hours after San Francisco International Airport. Once on the ground, however, the planes were unable to take off. BIG RENO PROBLEM Aircraft diverted into Reno included a Transocean Air Lines Super Constellation with 99 servicemen returning from the Far East and bound for Travis Air Force Base. Reno Airport had a parking problem with seven large trans-Pacific and trans-continental planes lined up, waiting clearing weather in the Bay Area to enable them to complete scheduled flights. Up to 12:30 p.m., only a few MINE CAVE-IN TRAPS 4 MEN; BODY FOUND SPRING CANYON, Utah, 17 W) A cave-in trapped four coal miners a mile deep in the earth early today and rescue workers recovered one body some 11 hours later. A mine official said the body recovered was that of Cecelio Garcia, 36, of Helper, a nearby town. It still was nbt known whether the other three men were dead or alive. Rescue teams were still digging through the rubble of coal and rock left when a "bounce" an earth-tremer collapsed the roof of the company's mine near this community, 14 miles northwest of Price in Central Utah. transport aircraft had taken off from Oakland and conditions had continued to be "zero-zero" at San Francisco. Flying was almost at a complete standstill at Alameda Naval Air Station at the noon hour because of the fog. Shortly before 1 p.m., however, Oakland began receiving traffic and planes were taking off from San Francisco but not landing. American Air Lines canceled some flights out of the Bay Area last night One Pan American trans-Pacific airliner ended its flight from Honolulu at Half Moon Bay when that field opened momentarily about 7 a.m. $5 Billion Hike in Debt Ceiling OK'd House Committt Approves Increase To $280 Billions WASHINGTON. Jn 17 Thr House Wy and Meam Committee today approved legulation for a $5,000,000,000 increase in the national debt limit. The meaure would raise the debt ceiling from $273,000,000,-000 to $280,000,000,000. The committee voted down a proposal to hold the increase to $3,000,000,000. The House u expected to act on the bill next Tuesday. Secretary of the Treasury Anderson told the committee that "distressingly low" cash balances in the Treasury necessitated the increase. BANK BALANCES DROP He said the cash position now is so tight that next month treasury balances in commercial banks may get down to 250 million dollars" or less than an average day's disbursements." Appearing before the House Ways and Means Committee, Anderson said the request for a hike in the debt limit from 275 to 280 billion dollars until June 30, 1959, was based also on the need for more flexibility in managing debt obligations. "Even with a balanced budget there will still be large seasonal fluctuations in receipts which make operations under the 275-billion-dollar limitation most difficult," he said. LONG TERMS GOAL Anderson told the House members he hopes to get more of the government's debt into long-term obligations. In recent years, much of the debt financing has been through short-term notes and certificates rather than long-term bonds. The Secretary noted the Treasury must meet more than 25 billion dollars of Treasury bills coming due within the next 90 days, and more than 50 billion in all forms of Treasury obligations maturing in the calendar year 1958. The higher debt limit, he said, will help the Treasury "take advantage of opportunities irT the period ahead of us" for long-term financing. Anderson had asked the increase by letter three days ago, saying he needs "sufficient flexibility that will allow us the capacity to do as good a job as we can in the management of the debt." In advance of Anderson's appearance, committee approval was regarded as certain. House leaders, anticipating no concerted opposition, already have scheduled debt increase legislation for a vote on passage next Tuesday. Broadway Building To Be Remodeled The downtown Oakland bus iness district will add a new and modern "look," it was announced today in remodeling plans for the 10-story Western Professional Building at 17th and Broadway. The building is owned by First Savings and Loan Co. Stuart Davis, its president, $350,000 iilllpl 8 83 Hi i t- ' Y ' tt ! said a S350.000 Droeram to ES is! ' '! fell) I- N3s.li UV I yv? Pfl i;f iPT -HI fi Hf m! At ill Hi I ii ill r i! . . i fit? 1' :m! wrwr STEUCTUKX This it the Western Profttsioad Buildlsg oi 17 th and Broadway as B locki bow. REMODELED VERSION-A remodeling lob wQl coot erf & lO-tkry buildincj Into this "new look." completely refashion the exterior into an up-to-date facade will start Feb. 3. In addition the ground floor, now occupied by Albert S. Samuels Jewelers, will be converted into an extension of First Savings offices, now located next door at 444 17th St. vl The jewelry rMTOwill vacate the first floor Feb. 1 to move into a new building across the street ENAMELED FRONT Exterior of the building will be covered with a curtain wall of sand colored porcelain enamel steel and gray spandrel glass framed in aluminum. In redoing the first floor, First Savings will add 2,600 square feet to its present quarters. The adjoining walls will be cut through, the columns will be finished in marble, the tellers counters in walnut A luminescent ceiling will be installed in the air-conditioned office. Also included in the modernization program for the building will be new Otis electronic coordinated elevators, which will increase the present service by 30 per cent General offices occupy the top nine floors. The name of the building will be changed to the First Savings Building on March 1 Work will be completed with in five months. RENEWAL STRIDES In announcing the project Davis said "strides made in urban renewal in downtown Oakland have convinced us of the wisdom of this investment "Another factor is the grewth of our institution in Oakland in the last $0 years. We envision this as something of a eivic contribution." OikUnd Tribunt, Frid,y, Jjn. 17, 1953 E I HOME TQWM Kids With Switch Keys Give Railroaders Shakes ly GIOIIGI ROSS People PW in high places tn the office! of th Atchison, Topeka and the a-anta Fe when Richmond locksmith called to report a couple of teen-agers wanted duplicates of their very own AT&SF switch keys, big brass ones capable of opening switches from her to Atchison and Top-ka. The smithy's tip led straight to the kids not baddies, just railroad hobbyists but the RR is counting lU brass keys all along the line. And" its lucky stan. Psychosomatic Cur Sgt. Harry Holliway of the Richmond PD burglary detail keeps on his desk a medicine bottle filled with "Blockhead Pills" containing a secret ingredient "for relief in the distress of thick skulls." It says so on the fancy label. The pills are really Just chocolate-coated candles Harry passes around to rib his buddies on the force when they show symptoms he thinks the pills might cure. It gets chuckles. The other day it got results. Harry was interrogating a man suspected of acquiring goods in unorthodox transactions after hours, but fired question after question without result. The man couldn't remember where he'd been, who he'd been there with, what he'd done when he got there, or how come all that stuff to follow him when he left Harry finally passed the Blockhead Pills. "Try on of these," he said. They're memory pills." Within 10 minutes the guy's memory brightened and he confessed a string of five burglaries. Same Old Stand Sen. George Miller Jr., an also-ran with Jimmy Roosevelt awhile back, and a near-misser at the recent Fresno Demo conclave, told a hometown Martinez audience at a State Division of Highways hearing yesterday: "The state's traffic figures on the Escobar St. bridge approach assure us this route will handle the traffic until 1980 at least "By 1980," he added, "If things don't work out as expected, come into my office. 111 still be sitting there only 67 years old and we'll work it out." End of Quota It's possible, yTmow, that Sarah Churchill was misquoted (There'll always be an England but I!m not too sure of the United States). She might have said: "There will always be an England but I'm not too sure of the Scotch" . . . The CH Patrol in Contra Costa County got a letter describing an impatient blonde in a fast convertible habitually high-balling over Kirker Pass to Antioch these, foggy mornings, sent a squad car to look-see, nabbed the chick when she blew two tires and bent up her low-flying bomb yesterday trying to pull back into tight traffic in a blind spot "I'm just "too impatient," she told cop Bill Curry, patiently writing it all up . . . Barney Clanton, 6ailiff in the court of Superior Court Judge Harold Jacoby in Martinez is asked so often he wears a badge stating: "Sorry, I don't know when Judge Jacoby will retire" . . . Movies Are Better Than Ever Livermore mothers won't get a chance to lynch the theater manager who showed their little kiddies a nice Disney matinee as advertised then ran the horror trailers for "Blood of Dracula" and "I Was a Teen-age Frankenstein," and sent the kids home with the weepy horribles; next week new manager . . . For the prosperity file: When Southern Alameda County Dental Society sups at International Kitchen Tuesday night they'll hear from Atty. Charles Rumel whose topic is "Estate Planning" . . . Our church editor is still chuckling from a remark out of the mouth of his 10-year-old after Sunday's services: "I like that preacher. He moved around, didn't just stand in back of the pulpit like he'd lost his pants" ... Cop on the Beat They started something new up in Ukiah the other day and it may all have been a mistake. They appointed a gal name of Lynn Green to be the town's first parking meter cop, gave her a neat blue uniform and a pad of tickets and sent her out on the beat The first tag she wrote was for the private secretary of Judge Fred Goss. The second ticket she wrote was for the judge. Protective Coloration Spookiest commuters you ever saw are the guys who drove along foggy Highway 9 through Mission San Jose in the fuzzy dawn this morning sharing the traffic lanes with a ghosty white horse heading for greener pastures. Or the glue factory. Radio cops and Owner Clarence Pimentel rode to the rescue , . . Things were worse on the freeway to Walnut Creek the other night; a lady driver without headlights driving west on the east-bound lanes. She told CHP cycle cop Bill Benton "You're an angel" when he flagged her down and called a tow truck . . . Kids at Acalanes High are spending their noon hours studying Rooshian. No kidding. Nine of them meet with instructor James Garvey. "Together with English. Russian may be an equally common language in the future," says Sophomore linguist Steve Holland. Davis Reappointed SACRAMENTO. Jan. 17 V Paul O. Dans, Corona Del ' New Forestry Head SACRAMENTO, Jan. 17 Wendell T. Robie, Auburn, Mar. was reappointed to the has been elected chairman af California Stat Board of Architectural Exarrupen today by Gov. Goodwin J. Knight, the State forestry Board reeding William & Roseau, Los Angeles.

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