The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on January 9, 1982 · 13
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THE BOSTON GLOBE SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 1962 IS Living 15 Business 16 TV & Radio 23 JISEttlAH MUSPtlY So Coolidge gets parole MANCHESTER. N.H. - Edward Coolidge Jr. was convicted of murdering 14-year-old Pamela Mason in 1964. and now he Is scheduled to be released from prison. It should never happen. Never. So spare me any Pollyanna slop about having paid his debt to society after 18 years in prison, because the defenseless girl was sexually attacked and then beaten and shot and stabbed to death on that snowy January night so long ago. Her life ended then before it really had begun. And spare me all that baloney about the N.H. Parole Board not bowing to newspaper pressure from the Manchester Union Leader, because it is still wrong for a grown man who originally was convicted of first degree murder to be paroled after 18 years. Dead wrong. The press is not the issue. The issue is Edward Coolidge Jr. and he should never walk the streets again, even if it is in some other state, as stipulated by the same New Hampshire Parole Board after recently agreeing to transfer him to an out-of-state minimum security prison for two more years before his parole January 1, 1984. "That man is an animal." said US Senator Warren Rudman (R-N.H.) yesterday. "I have read the complete record and have seen the autopsy photos of that little girl. The parole board did have a choice. They should never agree to release him." New Hampshire Parole Board Chairman Richard Leonard said yesterday members believe Coolidge is a "reasonable risk for parole" based on prison officials' and psychiatric reports. That's incredible. Coolidge committed a coolly executed, premeditated murder when he was 27 years old -.hardly a kid - and was subsequently granted a new trial by the US Su-' preme Court in 1971 on a technicality concerning the issuance of a warrant to search his car. Through a complicated plea bargaining process, with then State Attorney General Warren Rudman, Coolidge pleaded guilty to second degree murder. Rudman said yesterday through a quirk in New Hampshire's penal laws at the time, the chances of keeping Coolidge in prison longer were greater with a second degree sentence. If another trial was held Coolidge might have "walked away," -Rudman said, because a search warrant technicality had ruled out critical eve-derice. So Coolidge is to be paroled. That's Justice? Like hell it is! Listen, I have to tell you that once in a great while a reporter covers a story and the resulting images and sounds stay in your mind forever. But I shall always remember the murder of Pamela Mason and the resulting trial and conviction of Coolidge. He should remain in prison until the day he dies. His act was not a spontaneous crime of passion, but a premeditated torture-murder of a defenseless young girl. She got into his car because she had put a hand-written advertisement seeking a babysitter job on the wall of a West Side laundramat. Her broken body was found eight days later off Interstate 93 in Deny. It was planned and executed. The images are in my mind of his arrest and arraignment February 18, 1964, in Manchester Municipal Court in the downtown area of this dreary textile center, the only city I have ever, visited that is completely devoid of any charm. Coolidge was stocky and florid-faced and appeared almost unconcerned as he replied, "I plead not guilty, your honor." Then 15 months later came the trial at the old Hillsborough County Court House, but now Coolidge had been held in jail for a long time and looked thin and pale and worn. The trial went on for five weeks. The jury came back with a guilty verdict at 7:30 one hot June night in 1965 and when the state troopers escorted the handcuffed Coolidge, a former Manchester High School all-scholastic halfback, there was a larger crowd than usual waiting and watching outside. Now there were about 900 people there and some shouted at Coolidge, "You murderer!" or "Monster" or worse. It was a bad moment. The police car drove off with Coolidge to the New Hampshire state prison in Concord and the reporters went across the street to the old Carpenter Hotel. We wanted to wash away with laughter and drinks the awful memory of the murder of Pamela Mason. But I have never been able to lose those images or those sounds. The other day I drove north again to Manchester and onto the New Hampshire state prison in Concord. The woman guard at the office said that she would check on the telephone with Coolidge to determine if he would see me. "Eddy, there's a man here to see you. His name Is Murphy and ..." She hung up and said, "Eddy said for you to see his lawyer." I wasn't surprised. So Edward H. Coolidge Jr. still is in prison. There are only a few men you can never forgive, because their crime is too awful and too brutal.' Coolidge is one of those men. V. v- t , - v f . -i . r .. t ,9 , 3 A !. ) tree - Mayor Lawrence LeFebre stands before aerial photograph of downtown sector of Lawrence. globe photo by joe runci Lawrence to sue over 'worst city' label Lawrence Mayor Lawrence LeFebre is willing to go to court to prove that his city is not the worst city in the nation. Yesterday, LeFebre announced that the city of Lawrence will file a lawsuit against the Rand McNally publishing company claiming damages as a result of being listed as the worst city in America in the Places Rated Almanac. "I could understand being rated as the worst city in the nation if we were the worst city in the nation, but we're not," said LeFebre. To offer proof. LeFebre, standing in front of an aerial view, photograph of Lawrence's industrial area, explained that the textile mill city has been undergoing a revitalization plan for the past four years. "Ninety-seven percent of the once vacant mill buildings are filled with new industrial occupants, such as Wang Corporation, Honeywell Computer Corporation and the New Balance Shoe Company," said LeFebre. He added that there is $100 million in private and public investment taking place in the city this year. The Places Rated Almanac, which has been on the market two months, states that Lawrence is the 277th worst place to live in the nation in a study that ranked cities according to nine categories: climate and terrain; housing: health care and environment; crime; transportation; education; recreation; art; and economics. The list was compiled by David Savageau, an executive with Robert H. Davidson Associates in Lexington, a national job placement firm, and Richard Boyer, a Concord novelist. The almanac has been the focal point of controversy in Lawrence for the past week since articles on the survey appeared this week. "We're suing Rand McNally on the basis of the ranking we received and the degradation the city of Lawrence is undergoing by being labeled the worst city in the nation." said LeFebre. The mayor met with Lawrence's solicitor early yesterday to discuss the approaches the city will take in the damages lawsuit "I have been receiving phone calls all day from mayors across the nation in support of our lawsuit," said LeFebre. - LYNN CERASOLI ARA passes scrutiny of busing panel A citizen committee has recommended that the Boston School Committee not rescind its $40 million contract for pupil transportation, even though a former committee member was convicted of bribery in voting to award the contract to ARA Services Inc. of Philadelphia, according to sources familiar with the panel's report to Supt. Robert R. Spillane. Sources said the three-member committee, headed by former Massachusetts Supreme Judicial "Court Judge Paul C. Reardon, found the bus contract could be voided under a clause that encompasses official misconduct such as the bribery conviction of Gerald F. O'Leary, a former committee member. But the report, the sources said, recommends the three-year contract be continued because ARA has provided good service at a cost consistent with that charged other school districts In the Boston metropolitan area and because the firm assisted the federal investigation which led to the conviction of O'Leary and two others. The panel, formed in November, submitted the report to Spillane earlier this week. School Department officials said the document would not be made public until after it comes before the School Committee in executive session on Monday. The sources said the report cites deficiencies in the School Department review of the ARA contract before the School Committee unanimously approved it in June 1980. The panel recommended better administration of the contract and a more thorough review before another such contract is awarded. At Spillane's request, John William Ward, who in 1980 directed a probe of state building contracts, named three citizens last November to review the ARA contract, without pay. Reardon, who retired from the SJC in 1972. chaired the committee. The other panelists were John R. Meyer, a professor of transportation at Harvard Business School, and Troy Y. Murray, a Boston financial consultant who was budget director of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority from 1975 to 1979. Last October, Spillane announced his plans for the review the same week that John J. McDonough, a former committee member, was acquitted of extortion charges In connection with the ARA contract. O'Leary is serving a federal prison term. Attorney Richard Mulhern and Robert Tierney, a former employee of the School Department, were also convicted In the case. llillllfiltlfi " I ' sr .--tfl-:5s.5 'f' " V 'Mm - Sfg , 1 'I- - - i r- V 1 lllll f f'l ' Gerald R. Kelly, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Grapevine, holds a copy of his, weekly newspaper after yesterday's hearing in Suffolk Superior Court, ap photo Judge rules that editor doesn't have to talk now By Joseph M. Harvey Globe Staff Gerald R. Kelly, editor and reporter of the Martha's Vineyard weekly newspaper, The Grapevine, wrote a story about himself yesterday. Kelly covered his own story in Suffolk Superior Court where Judge John T. Ronan cleared the reporter-editor of a possible contempt-of-court charge for refusing to answer questions concerning the source of the information that went into his series of stories about the former administrator of the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Ronan also ruled that Kelly cannot be forced, at least Immediately, to appear at a deposition scheduled by Martin V. Tomas-sian Jr. of Edgartown, lawyer for Edward B. Hanify Jr., who was terminated as hospital administrator on Sept. 3, 1980. Hanify filed a damage suit against four Martha's Vineyard doctors alleging that they violated his civil and other right's in connection with the loss of his hospital Job. Ronan said Tomassian must first take . depositions of the four doctors, Michael E. Jacobs, Charles T. Claydon, Gail R. Eliot and Russell S. Hoxie, and try to discover from them how the hospital's confidential documents came into Kelly's hands. The Judge said -Tomassian can seek court permission to question Kelly if those depositions do not provide the information that Tomassian says is needed for Han-Ify'scase. Boston attorney Matthew H. Felnberg said Kelly's case "raised a very important First Amendment question." Felnberg said Kelly's case is the first time an attempt has been made to force a news reporter to disclose his news sources In connection with a civil lawsuit. Felnberg said Kelly, who is not a defendant in the Hanify case, was the first person from whom a deposition was sought. "If a reporter should be forced to disclose sources in such a case, there is no way that reporters will then be able to get Information which the public has a constitutional right to have," Felnberg eald. "Journalists in this country do not have to fulfill the role of providing information to private litigants." Felnberg argued to Ronan. , 5 students in Maiden face drug charges By Ellie Weber Contributing Reporter Five Maiden High School students were arrested yesterday morning on drug charges after police videotaped them selling marijuana, mescaline, and hashish outside the school to other students, police said. Maiden Police Capt. James Keohane said a month-long investigation was conducted after police received numerous complaints from nearby residents that drug trafficking was going on in the area of the Salem street school. The State Police narcotics unit assisted in the investigation. "They sold their wares outside the high school before school began," Keohane said. "They were.all students - the sellers and the buyers." Keohane said about 45 students bought drugs each morning from five sell-: ers. There are 2600 students enrolled in the high school. State police said yesterday that police stationed in cars and nearby homes used electronic videotape equipment to tape the drug sales. It was with these tapes that the identifications of the youths were made. Yesterday before classes they were arrested outside the school after police obtained body search warrants from Maiden District Court. A small quantity of drugs was confiscated. Maiden High School Principal Arthur P. Boyle said yesterday the drug problem is no "more pressing than at any other school." Boyle said he was concerned about students who would get involved in drugs "If the opportunity was there," and was hoping there would be a "partial end" to drug trafficking at the school since police said they had arrested the sellers. "Some of these people were selling to' youngsters who are 14 years old. At 14 youngsters are more Interested In Impressing people than they are in making a wise choice," he said. The students who were seen buying drugs would be punished in the school's discipline system, he said. Charles Wilk, 19, of Green street, a senior at the school was charged with Intent to sell hashish and marijuana. James Richardson. 17, of Wigglesworth street, was charged with possession of marijuana. Susan Blackmore. 19. of Franklin street, was charged with possession with intent to sell marijuana, hashish and mescaline. Phillip Laurltzen, 17, of Plymouth road, was charged with possession of marijuana and a 15-year-old sophomore was charged with possession of hashish and marijuana. Judge refuses motion by Locke Suffolk Superior Court Judge Rudolph F. Pierce yesterday denied a motion of former MBTA official Barry M. Locke seeking' to keep 10 $100 bills from being used as evidence at his trial on bribery and kickback charges. At a session last week, Locke had testified that the $1000 delivered to him in a series of envelopes was an amount due on ' a loan. MBTA general manager James F. O'Leary had testified he found a large en-, velope on his desk when he was going . through a pile of mail. O'Leary said the envelope contained the smaller envelopes, was marked for delivery to "BML" and . had been left by Frank Walters. Walters, a former official in the MBTA real estate division, was among 15 per-' sons indicted with Locke following an in- vestigation by the attorney general's office -into alleged kickbacks in connection with . real estate appraisals and other MBTA op-. erations. O'Leary, who said Locke had asked: him about the envelope before it was found, contacted Atty. Gen. Francis X. Bellottl before delivering it to Locke. After O'Leary turned it over. Assistant Atty; ' Gen. Stephen Delinsky and two State Po-1 lice officers entered Locke's office and seized the cash and the envelopes. Barry M. Haight. lawyer for Locke, argued that the papers were obtained illegal-; ly. He said Delinsky and the State Police violated Locke's privacy when they entered Locke's office In the state office , building without his consent. Haight also'-; argued that the cash and envelopes were Illegally obtained without a search warrant. JOSEPH M. HARVEY "

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