The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota on December 22, 1958 · Page 9
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The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota · Page 9

Austin, Minnesota
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Monday, December 22, 1958
Page 9
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AUSTIN (Minn.) MtftAlD A Mondoy, Dte. 22, f«S 9 Laborer Relates Gruesome Tale of Hired Killing VENTURA, CaM. (AP)-PoIice fitted In the pieces today of a plot they said led to the brutal killing of attactlve Olga Duncan, whose bruised body, was found in a shallow grave boslde a lonely road. An itinerant laborer, with a lo-, cat police record, climaxed his tale of what he said was a hired slaying by leadlnr "leers Sunday to her hand-scoop grave. Augustine Baldonado, 25, said in a statement that the dead woman's mother-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Duncan, 54, hired him and Luis Moya , 22, to kill five-months- pregnant Olga Duncan, 30, for $6,000. Strangled Her Investigators said the victim may have been burled alive. They quoted Baldonado: "I don't know. We strangled her, and 1 think we killed her before we put her'in the ground." One officer called it "the most cold-blooded crime I've , ever heard of." The victim, a surgical nurse, had been missing since Nov. 1 18. She was the estranged wife of Santa Barbara lawyer Frank Duncan. They separated only two weeks after their marriage last June. Jealousy Motive Dist. Atty Roy Gustafson said jealousy of the older woman was the major motive. Less than four months before her death, the dead woman had written her mother, Mrs. Jessie Kupczyk of Benito, Manitoba, that Mrs. Duncan held "an . uncanny hold" over her son. She said she planned an annulment. "Don't dwell on my troubles," Olga Duncan wrote. "Life is short, and I want to enjoy th? rest of it" Badly Shaken Moya, who has denied knowledge of the slaying, was described by Santa Barbara Sheriff John Ross as badly shaken upon learning of Baldonado's statement. "How could he say that?" Moya «sked. "Believe me ... believe me!" Mrs. Duncan, too, has insisted she knows nothing of her daughter-in-law's disappearance. Gustafson said she gave no statement when questioned again after finding of the body. Police say Mrs. Duncan has been married five times in eight years. She is charged with posing in court here as her son's wife, along with a paid confederate, to obtain a fraudulent annulment of her son's marriage last August. It was the discovery of the spurious annulment, authorities say , that caused them to begin an intensive search for the missing daughter-in-law. $100,000 Bail Charges are on file at Santa Barbara accusing Mrs. Duncan, Moya and Baldonado of conspiring to kidnap and murder Olga Duncan. They are held in lieu of $100,000 bail apiece. Gustafson said he intends to present murder charges against all three to the grand jury in Ventura on Friday. Police, led by Baldonado, found the body of the nurse, clothed only in a nylon bathrobe, buried at the bottom of a 20-foot embankment on Casitas Pass, 19 miles northwest, of Ventura. Baldonado said she fought bitterly for her life in the early hours of Nov. 18 before being slugged unconscious with a pistol. Gustafson quoted Baldonado as saying he and Moya took turns holding the struggling woman while the other dug the 16-inch- deep grave. DRUM GIRL — Pretty miss models unusual blouse iA Rome. Colorful symbols are astrological and other occult and mystical representation*. •^i&m^^m^^M^mxK- NORBEST GRADE "A 8 lo 22 Lb. Average TURKEYS CHEF STYLE BONELESS HAM HAMS DUCKS ib 49c • GEESE * 55c • CAPONETTES * 49c NELSON'S HOME MADE COUNTRY STYLE SAUSAGE SOLID PACK FRESH OYSTERS ... sK* ' ih-v*f f* •W' ^LM. 'fiimimmm^Mm

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