Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 7, 1974 · Page 3
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 3

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 7, 1974
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Lmil Chenault Blasted 'White Man's God B) Dtv* COLUMBUS. Ohio (AP) Marcus Wayne CWadt nearly shouted as he stood by the doorway to the auditorium. It was a month ago and the Rev. Robert W. Lay spotted Chenault as he approached the room for Sunday services. "As 1 was coming into the student union for the black student worship service." be REV. ROBERT W. LAY Atkfd fur Kftprrl said, "soaewK at the entrance was talking abnormally loud." Mr. Lay said it was Chenault. the 23-year-oW former Ohio State University student charged with the shooting death of Mrs. Martin Luther King ST. and a church deacon in Atlanta a week ago. "1 asked him to give the people inside some respect." the minister said. Mr. Lay recalled Cbenauit as responding: "I don't see why you're in there worshipping the white man's God and the white man's religion. It hasn't done anything for black people but hold us down and keep us back." The minister refused to be provoked. Chenault left. For Chenault. it was another rejection. He had experienced them often before. He was short, chubby and wore thick glasses -- and was never taken seriously. "In high school." recalls a hometown friend of Chenault. "the girls keekee'd (laughed) at him because of his height." Boys shunned him. said the friend, "because the typical male doesn't want to rap with a short dude." More often, he added, others would bully Chenault because of his size. Some who knew him indicated Cheaault's ·ew-fouad gospel was a confusing hag of ideas. Laurie Tall, a freshman who once lived in Chenault's neighborhood, called it "one- half (black) Muslim and one- half Marcus." She said he also began experimenting with his diet. "During one period he was eating just honey and bread," she said. "Another time, it was just tuna fish." A black coed who socialized with Chenault remembered that he repeated a Malcolm X statement: "There are only two places for blacks -- in college or in prison." "And Marcus said he had tried college," she added. She said Chenault once spoke to her of "finishing school and getting out of that or killing someone and getting famous that way." She said she didn't take him seriously. However, Chenault left school the winter of 1973 after dropping several courses. For a while, he worked part-time as a bus boy. "Marcus didn't like Chrstianity." another friend said. "He said it wasn't true and that preachers were pimps." She said he once told her "he wanted to go into church and slap a preacher." SUNDAY SMORGASBORD '2.95 Noon t« 6PM JO-lAIY«»4WETt1tEE from 3 P.ML. to 6 p.m. MOUNTAINEER ROOM to!l«,W.Va. forloforvatiom 949-IOdl MARCUS W. CHENAULT Abnormally Loud Use Want Ads. Dial 348-4848 Gunman Still Wants To Talk ATLANTA. Ga. (AP) - An attorney for the man charged in the slaying of Mrs. Martin Luther King Sr. said Saturday he is continuing efforts to permit his client to hold a news conference at the city jail. Randy Bacote said his client. Marcus Wayne Chenault. 23. wanted to speak with reporters to clear up "some small details that are not prejudicial to his case -- his childhood, possible associations he has had." Bacote said "some questions could be cleared up as to his personality, his reasons -for doing things." by meeting 'with reporters. · Dist. Atty. Lewis Slaton blocked Chenault's plans for a telephone news conference !"to insure the fair disposition ;of this case in court." ··· Bacote said Chenault re- 'quested a meeting with news- ·men 'earlier in the week and Jthat it was arranged for Fri*day. ! But. he said. Slaton prohi- ^bited the conference "arbi- Hrarily." Bacote added he was ;"dismayed because I felt the ID.A. should at least talk to me .about it." I Chenault is charged in the [shooting deaths at Ebenezer ·Baptist Church last Sunday of 'Mrs. King and a church deacon. Edward Boykin. A wom- *an parisher was also wounded "When a gunman rose during 'the service and began firing. · Bacote said Ctieria'uli /'wants everyone to be aware °of his feelings and thoughts .and this can only be done first-hand. - "The type of questions could 'be limited. We can confer 'With,the D.A. to see what can be covered and what can't. They would be questions that would not incriminate him or would not discriminate against him at his trial," the attorney said. "He feels he has been isolated without having the right to make comments on various statements, such as being part of an organization called Troup." Bacote said. "He feels these things should be cleared up. He thinks it's only fair and just that he's given the opportunity to present his side of it." Bacote said Chenault had denied being a member of any organization. Bacote said he would take court action to seek the con^ ference and that he planned to talk with Slaton about ground ;'. rules, but said he wasn't sure yet exactly what kind of action he will take. "I will address whatever legal procedures are necessary to resolve the question of whether a conference can be held." bacote said. "I will address myself to the question of whether the defendant can meet and talk with reporters." Bacote said he was retained by Chenault and was not a court-appointed attorney. Book Express Plans Stops The West Virginia Library Commission's Flying Book Express will make these slops this week: Camden-on-Gauley Town Hall. 11 a. m. to 3 p. m. Tuesday. Cox's Department Store in Hflnton. 11 a. m. fc6p. m. Wednesday. m OW Bank' BiiMing in Alderson, noon to % p. m. Thursday. CHENAULT, ; born in Winchester, Ky.,;moved to Dayton, Ohio, in 1967 and was graduated from high school two years later. He enrolled that fall at the University in Columbus. That school year saw several turbulent confrontations between protesting black students and the school administration. Chenault's squat, five-foot figure was often seen in the demonstrations -- always in the crowd, never the forefront. "He was a follower, not a leader," said Mike Mohr, a veterinary medicine student who roomed with Chenault for over two years. Chenault was known as a serious, industrious student until a year ago. "He was a very bright person." said Mohr. "If he heard about something, he would go out and read up on it. "He would love to debate you on any subject," Mohr said. "He especially liked to debate with white kids to show them the black man's pride." EARLY IN 1973, Chenault moved alone into a two-room apartment. ; His kitchen and sitting-bed room took on unusual decorations. He made a polka dot ceiling by bouncing a tennis ball dipped in pink paint. The kitchen was black. Posters of black militants and historical figures decorated the walls. "Marcus" style of life changed a lot that year," said ponnie Moore, a student who knew Chenault from Dayton. "He began to; talk about religion all the time." Moore recalled he would read aloud passages from the Bible he contended proved that Jews were really black. "Marcus was sold on the idea that the Hebrews were black." Moore said. "Marcus believed the original Jews were black people and Golda Meir and those in Israel were imitations."", An influence was Hananiah E. Israel, founder of a self- styled form of Judaism in Cincinnati. Chenault 'contacted Israel about some literature the 69-year-old retired handyman had written claiming blacks are the original chosen people. "He visited here five or six times during the time I knew him." said Israel. "That would be anytime after March · 1973. but I didn't see him for the past five or six months." Israel -; he said the name was given him by "the Mighty One" -- said he instructed Chenault that civil rights leaders are wasting their time. JOE WRIGHT said when he returned to school last fall he was surprised at the changes he saw in Chenault. "Before. Marcus was always school-orientated." said Wright, a friend who lives down the hall from Chenault's apartment. "When I came back, he was always talking about religion -- especially the Old Testament, since he believed the New Testament had been tampered with by 'devils.' as he said." Chenault often preached his form of "black Judaism" to Wright, but "I didn't talk too much to him about it. because I don't like religion. I'd just say. 'Yeah, man, that's cool' and that's all." Chenault changed his name. He tacked a sign on his door reading. "Servant Jacob." Donnie Moore saH. "He loW me I should call him 'Brother Israel.'V Moore refused, "because onhe way he asked me. 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