The Times from San Mateo, California on July 8, 1977 · Page 3
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San Mateo, California
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Friday, July 8, 1977
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Man Suspected of \ 14 SF Slay ings 2 Fired in DMV Probe Friday, July 8, 1977 THE TIMES San Motto--3 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man police call "The Doodler," suspected of lulling 14 men after homosexual relations, may be walking the streets because three survivors of his knife attacks won't "come out of the closet" and testify against him. For the past year, police have been questioning a young man about the 14 slayings and three assaults that occurred in San Francisco's homosexual community between January 1974 and September 1975, Inspector Rotea Gilford said Thursday in an interview. Interest in the case surfaced again this week after two Redondo Beach men were arrested in Riverside for questioning about as many as 28 slayings linked to homosexual encounters. The suspect here, his name not released, has talked freely with police but stops short of confessing to the slayings, Gilford said. Gilford said police are "fairly certain" they have the right man, but need the testimony of survivors who may be able to identify "The Doodler." In the attacks, the murderer met other men at a number of after-hours homosexual clubs and restaurants in San Francisco. He usually sketched the men before having sex with them and then stabbing them. Police believe the slayings were prompted by shame felt by the man after homosexual experiences. Gilford said the three survivors include a "well- known male entertainer," a diplomat and a man who l e f t San Francisco and won't answer letters or phone calls at his new address. "My feeling is they don't want to be exposed," he said. Another 'Trash Bag' Killing? LOS ANGELES (AP) Bones believed to be those of another victim of the "trash bag" murderers have been unearthed in a Culver City backyard, sheriff's deputies say. The skeletons were found Thursday partially under a garage in the backyard of a house occupied f r o m 1968-1970 by two avowed homosexuals who are charged in two murders and being investigated in connection with up to 28 other killings. One of the defendants, Patrick Kearney, provided i n f o r m a t i o n which led authorities to the lot, said sheriff's Lt. Ed Douglas The triplex building where the two men lived is on a quiet residential street behind a movie studio that once housed Desilu Productions and is now Culver City Productions. "This appears to be the f i r s t of the m u r d e r s , " Douglas said. "We believe this was the first residence in which they (Kearney and his codefendant, David Hill) lived together." Kearney, 37, and Hill, 34, surrendered in Riverside last week and were arraigned on charges of murdering Arturo Marquez, 24, of Oxnard and J o h n L a M a y , 17, of El Segundo. Authorities said Kearney identified the Culver City dead man only as George and said he had been shot to death. Sheriff's deputies said the person w h o s e remains were found had been shot through the head. Neighbors who lived several doors away while the two men supposedly were there said they did not know Kearney or Hill. "People over t h e r e seemed to come and go an a w f u l lot," said Pcgjy Stronks. "I used to play out there before they moved there and w h i l e t h e y lived there," said 20-year-old Linda Metcalf. "We used to dig back there and everything." Harvey Milk, an, advocate of homosexual rights, said of the victims who refuse to speak up, "I can understand their position. I respect the pressure society has put on them." Milk said many homosexuals may keep their sexual preference a secret because they fear losing their jobs. "They have to stay in the closet," he said. Milk estimates that San Francisco has 85,000 homosexuals. "Of that number a good 20 to 25 per cent are in the closet," he said. "Those are the people with high- paying jobs -- doctors, bank vice presidents, lawyers and entertainers." Another spokesman for the gay c o m m u n i t y , teacher Hank Wilson, said the case represents society's "double standards" in dealing with crimes involving homosexuals. "You never hear about the heterosexual murderer who had killed 12 women after raping them," he said. "We have diversity in the gay community," Wilson said. "We have the crazies, but so does every other part of society." Inspector Gilford said the man suspected of "The Doodler" slayings has a history of mental difficulties in dealing with his sexuality. The young man has had psychiatric care, he added. SACRAMENTO (UPI) A Department of Motor Vehicles investigation into employes illegally issuing d r i v e r s licenses and accepting gifts has resulted in the firing of two employes and the resignation of two others. In all, 15 employes, two in Oakland and 13 in Pasadena, have been discip- l i n e d , Dan K e l l e r , department personnel officer, said Thursday. All except the two employes who quit have appealed the actions, which included one formal reprimand, six one-day suspen- sions without pay and two demotions. Keller said the Oakland abuses involved illegal issuance of drivers' licenses to persons who took neither the written nor the on-the- road driving tests. Keller i d e n t i f i e d the Oakland employes as Lyle Dennison, a license examiner, and Betty Chen, a clerk typist. Both were fired, he said. In Pasadena, he said, graduates of certain driving schools were allowed to go to the head of lines for tests in exchange for gifts g i v e n to d e p a r t m e n t employes and giving persons who did not speak English well a shortened oral test. Keller said the department administrative manual specifies "Gifts will not be accepted by any employe of DMV from individuals or organizations doing business with the department." He added: "Even something that appears as incon- s e q u e n t i a l as a box of candy from a local automobile dealer can be viewed by the public as a gratuity, paid of recognition of spec i a l d e p a r t m e n t a l services." Dismissed in Pasadena was Michael D. Low, a drivers' license examiner. Examiners Wayne Griggs and Fred Corey quit. The office manager was transferred to Glendale and demoted with a pay cut of $2,000 to $20,900, Keller said. He said other recent disciplinary actions in the department included two driver improvement analysts, who counsel drunken drivers and other offenders, demoted because of drunken d r i v i n g convictions. In-Law Charged in Heiress Slaying TV Academies To Split Emmys HOLLYWOOD (UPI) The two television academies have completed d i v o r c e proceedings, including a property settlement that specifies who gets custody of w h i c h Emmy awards. The National Academy of Television A r t s and Sciences, the o r i g i n a l organization, has come to terms with its former Hollywood c h a p t e r , w h i c h ended a bitter power struggle between Hollywood and other sectors of the TV industry by seceding from the national organization to become the "Academy of T e l e v i s i o n Sciences," "national." A r t s a n d w i t h o u t the The two organizations announced an agreement Thursday to operate as separate entities, splitting up responsibility for the Emmy awards and giving both groups the right to use the name "Emmy." The agreement resolves a l l p e n d i n g l a w s u i t s , including the action by the Hollywood group to dissolve the national organization. It also gives the new academy, headquartered in Hollywood, the exclusive right to conduct the annual Emmy awards for nighttime entertainment shows and local awards for Hollywood. The National Academy will move its headquarters to New Y o r k and keep exclusive rights for the daytime, sports and broadcast journalism awards and for local awards in all other areas. Members of both groups will be eligible to vote in all Emmy contests. The national academy found that with the withdrawal of the Hollywood chapter it could not mount an Emmy show because many stars refused to take part and networks refused to b r o a d c a s t the e v e n t without big names as an audience attraction. The 1977 nighttime enter- t a i n m e n t Emmvs -- the show the National Academy had to abandon -- will be presented Sept. 11 on NBC-TV by the new group. The new academy also will keep all assets of the old Hollywood chapter and will administer the Academy Foundation library and archives at UCLA. The National Academy will c o n t i n u e to p u b l i s h TV Quarterly and operate the group's International Council. Officials said the settlement was reached over three weeks of negotiations and was ratified over the past several days by officials and members of the two organizations. MINNEAPOLIS (UPI) Roger Caldwell, a struggling Colorado rancher, is charged with murdering his m o t h e r - i n - l a w , heiress Elisabeth Congdon. Police said he and his wife stood to inherit more than $2 million from her death. Authorities said Caldwell, 43, of Golden, Colo., has a reputation as a big spender, and be and his wife Marjory, Miss Congdon's adopted daughter, recently have been having financial troubles. A trust fund set up by Mrs. Caldwell's mother i n d i c a t e d t h a t s h e h a d "shown a strong inclination to spend more than her means," authorities said. Miss Congdon, 83, and her substitute night nurse, Velma Pietila, 65, were found murdered June 27 at Miss Congdon's 39-room mansion Glenshene on the shore of Lake Superior. Miss Congdon had been smothered in her bedroom and her nurse had been bludgeoned with a brass candelabrum. Miss Congdon was last surviving child of pioneer lumber and mining magnate Chester Congdon, who died in 1916. Mrs. Caldwell, 45. and Mrs. Jennifer Johnson of Racine, Wis., were a d o p t e d by the heiress when they were infants. Caldwell, subdued and bewildered, covered his head with a towel Thursday as he was taken to Hennepin County Jail in a wheel chair, charged with two counts of first-degree mur-. der. He was moved from Methodist Hospital in suburban St. Louis Park, where he has been recovering for the past two days from an apparent heart attack. He was expected to be transferred today to Duluth. Detective Inspector Ernest Grams, who headed the 50-man investigative team in Duluth, said Caldwell was a prime suspect to the ease from the time the crime was discovered. He noted that the Caldwells were expected to inherit more than $2 million from Miss Congdon. He also said police, searching the motel room used by the Caldwells when they were here for Miss Congdon's funeral, found some of the $3,000 worth of c o s t u m e j e w e l from the Congdon house the night of the murders. Duluth police also asked Colorado authorities to search the hotel rooms the Caldwells have been using in Golden, Colo., for the past three months. NOW YOU KNOW By UPI The first well-known variety of apple developed in America is the R o x b u r y Ruset, first grown near R o x b u r y M a s s . , i n t h e IfiOtls. Take A Stand Put your favorite plant in one of these sturdy, attractive wrought iron plant stands. Black or white 30" tall. Holds an 8" pot. 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