The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 11, 1997 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 11, 1997
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1997 A7 CRIME Investigators: Man accused of killing his wife led double life Family members who still support him often joked about his trysts By ALIAH D. WRIGHT The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — He showered his wife with affection and friends call him a loving, doting father, a faithful friend, the perfect spouse. Yet while his young wife was toiling as an up-and-coming attorney, self-employed salesman Craig Rabinowitz was bringing prostitutes to his home and squandering hundreds of thousands of dollars, investigators said. • Authorities say Rabinowitz kept his double life well hidden. So much so that friends and family still refuse to believe charges that he strangled his 29-year-old wife, Stefanie, put her body in a bathtub full of water and tried to pass it off as an accident. He was arrested May 5 on murder and manslaughter charges. Prosecutors believe a $1.5 million life-insurance policy Rabinowitz recently took out on his wife could be a motive in the slaying. Rabinowitz's friends and the victim's parents, Louis and Anne Newman, believe he is innocent and "have expressed their total unequivocal financial and emotional support of Craig Rabi- T TOPLESS FUND-RAISER The Associated Press Craig Rabinowitz Is accused of strangling his 29-year-old wife before putting her body In a bathtub full of water. nowitz," his attorneys said. "They seem galvanized in support of him," lawyer Jeffrey Miller said Friday. Miller said Rabinowitz's family knew about his visits to Delilah's Den, a posh "gentleman's club" in Philadelphia. Family members often joked about his twice-weekly trips to the club, Miller said. "But they probably did not know the extent of his involvement, or his expenditures there," Miller told The Philadelphia In- quirer. Hours after Stefanie Rabinowitz was found dead, her husband visited a stripper at the club, according to a search warrant issued Friday. He also pawned some of his wife's jewelry the day after her death — possibly an engagement ring, the search warrant said. Experts say such behavior is typical of married sex addicts who are unable to control their urges, much like gamblers or alcoholics. "There are many people who lead double lives to one extent or another and what drives them is the fear of being found out or of disclosure," said Dr. Patti Britton, a San Francisco-based therapist who runs an Internet sex clinic. "It's not about power anymore," said Mary Jo Porreca, a certified addiction specialist and program director at the Sexual Trauma and Recovery Program in Bryn Mawr. "It's like you and I get up and breathe and eat and do self-care, this is part of how they cope." Rabinowitz, 33, a self-employed salesman of latex products, including globes, told police on April 30 that he found his wife submerged in the bathtub of their home in the well-heeled suburb of Merion. Court documents show the Rabi- nowitzes had $300,000 in mortgages on a house costing $230,000, and owed $100,000 on credit cards. Rabinowitz will plead not guilty, his lawyers said Friday. Cancer chapter turns down dancers' donation By The Associated Press ; ORLANDO, Fla. — What if they threw a fund-raiser and nobody wanted the cash? '. That's what happened to some exotic dancers who raised money for breast cancer research by washing cars topless. ; When it came time to donate $3,500, the women from Club Jua- n'a Cocktail Lounge were rejected by a prominent cancer research center and the American Cancer Society's local chapter. > "That makes me mad," dancer Stephanie Morris said. "Dancers get a bad name because of what we do. When we try to do something for the community, they don't accept it. Our hearts are in the right The Vocal Department Of Salina High School Central Is Proud To Announce At The Salina Community Theatre Monday, May 19 - 7:00 P.M. Jazz & Pop Selections • Solos • Ensembles The cost of this concert will be $5.00 per person. Tickets are available from Free Spirit members or by calling Tony Claus at 826-4751 during school hours. Annual Video Equipment Sale Friday & Saturday May 16 & 17 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Used Equipment For Sale: • Monitors • Cameras • VTRs • VCRs > Editing Systems • Audio Mixers • and much more. Call for specifics. Mid America Productions 227 N. Santa Fe, Suite 305 Salina, Kansas 913-823-3908 Hnlm Automotive Center Would like to say thank you to JACK CRAIG for an outstanding sales performance for the month of APRIL, 1997. "Congratulations Jack for your efforts and courteous service to your customers!" place." 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