The Times Leader from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on January 5, 1981 · 2
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The Times Leader from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania · 2

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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Monday, January 5, 1981
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2A THE TJMES LEADER, Wilkes-Barre, Pa Monday, January 3, Utl i, v -V ' if- 5 - Englioh police queotioning suspect in eYoriioIiire Ripper' murders case Two open bible are nailed to the wall of an abandoned bouse discovered by volunteer searchers looking for clues to the murder or disappearance of 19 Atlanta children. , Volunteers dwindle in vain search fbr clues of missing Atlanta children THE ASSOCIATED PRESS volunteer force oHibout 150 people searched in vain wer the weekend for clues to the deaths and disappearance! of 15 black children, but organizers said the forays would continue until the cases are solved. . .i The number of participants has dwindled since mid-October, when the United Youth-Adult Conference rallied as many as 3,000 people for the first of the 10 weekend searches. On weekends since then, with two weeks off for the holidays, the volunteers have searched abandoned buildings, vehicles and woods for some trace of the city's four missing black children or clues to the slayings of 11 others. - Searchers, aided by tracking dogs, called police after discovering an abandoned building that raised their . suspicions in the Tatum Lake area of southwest Atlanta. - ,Volunteer searcher Barbara Whetstone said there were ''strange paintings" on the walls of one room and a pair of Bibles nailed to the wall of an-. other. The building was permeated by an offensive odor, but searchers could not find the source, she said,-adding that police soon arrived on the scene to investigate.) Public Safety Commissioner Lee Brown could not be reached for comment on the discovery. John Baacom, one organizer, said the conference had received anonymous telephone calls suggesting that the area which includes several, small lakes Ae searched. ."Some people just don't want to deal with the police and would rather come through us because they think they would be a ... fink by going to . the police," said Bascom, explaining the conference's involvement in the inquiry. Bascom said he was not disappointed by the weekend's turnout and that the searches will continue until the missing children are found and the slayings solved. "We feel we have some dedicated people," he said. "I just wish there were more people concerned about the missing children who would help us with the search." - Police have reported no breakthroughs in their investigation of the deaths and disappearances. LEEDS, England (AP) - West ' Yorkshire police said Sunday after arresting a mas in Sheffield that they are "scaling down" the hunt for the "Yorkshire Ripper" who has terrorized northern England with 13 slayings of women in the past five years. ' "We are all absolutely delighted, totally delighted with the developments at this stage," said Chief Constable Ronald Gregory, r Gregory said the man in-custody, was arrested In Sheffield last Friday . in connection with another matter and . "is being questioned in relation to the Yorkshire Ripper murders." The than was expected to appear In' court Monday "on a serious charge," Gregory said, without elaboration. In customary British police practice before a charge is made, Gregory refused to name the man. George Oidfield, West Yorkshire's assistant chief constable who has hunted the killer from the start, told reporters earlier in Leeds: "It is confirmed that -a man arrested in Sheffield in connection with another matter is being questioned by West Yorkshire police officers in connection with the Yorkshire Ripper inquiry." He refused to elaborate. Sheffield is In the South Yorkshire police district and is 28 miles south of Leeds where the Ripper has claimed five victims, Leeds police sources said earlier the man being questioned was "picked up" In a Sheffield city suburb Friday and transferred to West Yorkshire, ' "He is talking to detectives," the source said. Oidfield, who suffered a heart attack during the case, was replaced as head of the Ripper Inquiry last Nov. 23 by a veteran Leeds detective. James Hooson. 53. But Oidfield remained in overall charge of criminal investigation in West Yorkshire. - The Ripper sent Oidfield a tape recording in June 1979, taunting the officer for failing to capture him. The manhunt for the Ripper has been the biggest and most expensive in British history, costing 9.2 million since he claimed his first victim, prostitute Wilms McCann in Leeds on Oct. 30, 1975. - The victims were murdered in an . industrial area of northern England. There were five victims in Leeds, three in Bradford, two in Manchester -and one each in Halifax, Huddersfield and Preston. ... Detectives on the case said various clues convinced them that the murderer is an engineering or machine-shop worker. The Ripper kills' at night, with no discernible motive beyond what police ' believe is a sadistic hatred of women. He smashes his victims' heads with a hammer, then stabs and slashes them with a screwdriver and a knife. At first he attacked only prostitutes, but his last three victims were young women ambushed in middle-class areas. The last victim was Leeds University student Jacqueline Hill, 20, murdered on Nov. 17. The Ripper -is named after Jack the Ripper, who killed six prostitutes in London's East End in 1888. He was never caught. - Tho vvoathor- Wyoming Volley Sunny and a little milder Monday. High in the teens to near 20. Increasing cloudiness Monday night. Low 5 to 10. Cloudy and not as cold Tuesday with a chance of light snow or flurries. High in the low to mid 20s. Probability of snow 10 percent Monday and 20 percent Monday night. Philadelphia Sunny and a little milder Monday. High upper teens to low 20s. Increasing cloudiness Monday night. Low 10 to 15. Cloudy and not as cold Tuesday with a chance of some tight snow or flurries. High upper 20s to near 30. Probability of snow near zero percent Monday and 25 percent Monday night. New Jersey shore Sunny and a little milder Monday. 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