Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 7, 1974 · Page 34
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 34

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 7, 1974
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'This Is War. . .All Paying 9 GRIEVING PARENTS TALK OF SON'S DEATH He Died of Overdose 3 Days Before 21st Birthday DEPARTMENT STORE MONDAY MADNESS SALE! - AP Wirepholo SHOP MOM. AM) FRI KITES Til 9: PH. SHOE ROT!!! YOUTH tBOY'S ·MEN'S REG. 2" IF PERFECT HI AND LOW BASKETBALL SHOES MEmNDBOnREG.T03" FRSTQMUTtdB/WOTMUK JOGGERS YOUTHS 11 TO 12, BOY'S 3'/iTO6,MEN'S6'/iTO12 .GUIS AND LADIES' REG. TO 3" f PERFECT TENNIS OXFORDS AND BOAT SHOES HU'S«'AT03»UKS'St010 REG.3"IFPERFKT LADIES'NURSES OXFORDS SIZES: 5 Va TO 10 WHITE ONLY YOUR CHOICE oo BOYS'KG. 2" I PERFECT 50% POLYESTER, 50% COTTON TANK TOPS SOLID COLORS AND FANCIES SIZES 8 TO 18 LANSING. Mich. Craif had see* Craif aal hv frieafc searched her «·»'* n*m la* beaux* sfce feared ke MEN'S AND BOYS REGULAR TO 6.00 was a Horrified the panphnniUi of tlw junkie. Later she confronted ker so*, pushing up his sleeve. The needle tracks showed plainly oa the soft underside of his arm. Now Craig Stuttman is dead, killed in his room just two days before his 21st birthday when he injected what proved to be a fatal mixture of heroin and procaine in his arm. And his f rievinf parents, well kn*wn ta this MkhifMi state capital, wfc* tried and failed to arrest their m's descent into death, have launched a pnMic campaign to draw attenthw to the spread tf drag abnse anung America'* yonth. "We just don't want Craig to have died in vain," said his father, Leonard Stuttman, who once hosted a popular TV adventure show in the Midwest in 1972, and is now administrator for field and program services for the American Soybean Assn. in n Hudson, Iowa. The day his son Craig died, in late June, Stuttman sat down and wrote a bitter obituary, lamenting the "bright intelligence" of his dead son that would never be realized, and castigating society for its inability to come to terms with the evils of the drug business "that preys upon the unsuspecting youth and weak of our nation." The Lansing State Journal ran the obituary across the top of page one, bringing in an avalanche of sympathetic mail to the Stuttmans and a stream of visitors to their neat white frame home at the rural edge of town. Stuttman said, "I have come to the conclusion that there is hardly a person out there that hasn't been touched by something like this. This is a war, creating more casualties than any previous war we have fought." * * * CRAIG WAS THE second of their four sons, naturally bright and with an amiable nature, a slim 5 feet, 10 inches with shoulder-length brown hair. He dropped out of high school at age 15 instead of following his older brother to college as the family hoped. "But I came to the conclusion that Craig was a boy in command of his own destiny," said his father, "and that of all the boys we had, he had the most potential." When he was IS, Craig told his mother he had been regularly smoking marijuana since he was 12. That fact, plus concern that his friends were leading him astray, persuaded the nonsmoking Stiitt- mari's to send Craig to his grandmother's in Washington, D.C. Later he joined the US. Navy, returning to Lansing at. age 19. He worked at a motel, and on the assembly line at a General Motors plant, but his mother started getting suspicious about his sudden windfalls of money and feared that he was dealing in marijuana: "I asked him straight out, but he said he was not doing anything to hurt anyone," his mother recalled. Eventually, she found the syringes and heroin in his room, "and I presumed he was hooked forever and ever," she said. "He visited a friend in Rhode Island to try and kick the habit. He visited other friends and came back clean, but soon was on it again. He refused to go to a methadone center because he said the police fingerprinted you and took your picture, and he was adamant about not getting a police record," his mother said. * * * HIS FATHER was deeply concerned about his son, but also "internally enraged" that Craig had brought the ugly drug scene home. Stuttman said his verbal communications with his son were "very difficult, he would put up resistance." So he left most of the talking to his wife, while he left notes on his son's pillow containing quotes and reflections of life. By mid-June, however, Mrs. Stuttman found that her son was getting more heavily into drugs. "I told him you are hell-bent for destruction, and that you are not going to destroy yourself in my presence, in my home. "I feel I am killing you by feeding you, clothing you, and allowing you to shoot up yourself every day. I just got hysterical," Mrs. Stuttman recalled. Craig replied simply," All right. I'll split," and left for the apartment of his girlfriend, Ann. She called his parents to say he seemed genuinely upset by his mother's outburst, and would make yet another attempt to beat the habit Am, not an addict herself, m who for five 4»y* ac he ***·* art famed, iHMmJtmg ami fwer- £· as he SNfferord me withdrawal afoues. The day before he died. Craif returned home aid his mother recalled, "We had *r best talk yet: It was frank, and Craig was certain he would stay off drugs. He would be 21 in three days. He promised me he would eater manhood with his body heroin free." Mrs. Stuttman telephoned the good news to her husband in Iowa and he remembered her elation. "She was out of her depression." But next morning Craig came home and said he would rest a while. She went into the garden, only to be summoned 20 minutes later by her 16-yearold son Aaron, who was shouting from the doorway, "Call an ambulance, Craig's overdosed!" Mrs. Stuttman said he tried to reach his room, but Aaron and a friend held her. "They told me they had given mouth- to-mouth, had pounded his heart -- Aaron had revived a xy in his school that way jut I yelled at them not to stop. "Aaron shook his head, and I broke free and ran into my son's room, 1 cradled his head in my arm and 1 breathed twice into his mouth. But I knew then, he was dead," Mrs. Stuttman said. * * * HER HUSBAND flew home immediately from Iowa "and on the plane," he said, "I was thinking it was a damn silly thing, the whole world crashing in one us but nothing is being done. "Because of the stigma with drags, people jist won't come out and recognise there is a war at home. What sicken we are, we are all victims, we are all paying. I went to the Lansing ptllce, and they toM me they were aware of the mtf fed by **** a *******'the to Tis ^th*7 waTthat to out quickly, but M America they are itsinj the positive aspects of our democracy to beat MS." 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