Daily News from New York, New York on July 8, 1950 · 3
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Saturday, July 8, 1950
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iXAILY NEWS, SATURDAY, JTJLT S, T95TJ rr r WW 4 The late Mr. and Mrs. Gay Gilpatric are shown in the living room of their Coronado Beach, home several years ago. (Special to The News Santa Barbara, Calif., July 7. Author Guy Gilpatric, who won fame with his seafaring stories of Colin Glencannon, shot his wife to death and then killed himself, police said today. He had just learned that Mrs. Gilpatric was suffering from cancer. . Coroner John D. Ross said the todies were found in the Gilpatric apartment shortly after midnight today by Robert H. French, a neighbor. Ross said the double killing took place late yesterday afternoon, after .Mrs. Gilpatric, 52, returned from her doctor's office. The physician, Ross said, told Oril-patrie, 58, that his wife's breast tumor was malignant, but did not tell Mrs. Gilpatric. Both Shot in Head. Police said French entered "the Gilpatrick apartment when he noticed the evening paper was still in front of the door and the lights were burning. The body of Mrs. Gilpatric, the former Maude Louise Lesser, was in a bedroom. There were two-imllets in her brain. Gilpatric was lying nearby with a pistol in his hand. He had shot himself in the mouth. The author and his wife had lived in Santa Barbara for eight . curing tne lau s tney uvea m southern France. " Worked With Raine. Gilpatric, a former New York advertising executive, was best known for his Saturday Evening Post stories of Chief Engineer Colin Glencannon of an English tramp steamer. The- bibulous Glencannon was famous for getting into scrapes . in most of the world's ports. Recently Gilpatric had been collaborating with Norman Riley Raine, creator of "Tugboat Annie." Six stories, bringing together the two characters, will start in the Post late in August. 1896, Gilpatric began his career as an aviator in 1912. He was an uuuuciur miu gave exniDitiona through the U. S. and Canada. The- same year, he set an altitude record for planes carrying one passenger." He was a captain with the U. S. Army Air Corps in lir u tir t ifuiiu war i. Gilpatric married Miss Lesser In 1920. They lived in New York City until they took up residence in France in 1930. Authorities said the bodies will be cremated and the ashes shipped to New York. NEWS ON THE AIR TELEVISION WPIX Channel 1 1 -Telepix" 6:30 P. M. and about IIP. M. (except Saturday). "News on the Hoar" 7 P. M. and doming. " RADIO WNEW Dial I ISO "New Around the Clock" fcmU Pt every hours (Associated Press Wiretoto) fl 6Love9 Shock Nets $1,313 Beverly Marks, 18, of 315 W. 25th St., yesterday was awarded $1,313 for a shock electric she got two years ago in the Tunnel of Love at the. amusement palace at Asbury Park, N. J. Monmouth County Judge James A. Coolahan, at Freehold, N. J., awarded her a judgment in that amount for arm injuries suffered when an apparent short circuit shocked her as she was about to embark on the ride. Her arm, she charged, was permanently injured. , Costello h Mr. Crime, Senators Told By FRANCIS STEPHENSON ol THE NEWS Bureau Washington, D. C, July 7, New York's Frank Costello was tabbed "the most influential underworld leader in America" today by Virgil Peterson, director of the Chicago Crime Commission, before the Senate Crime Investigating Com mittee. Calling the roll of gangland bosses, Peterson listed Brooklyn Joe Adonis as a "principal member" of the Costello syndicate. He (Wide World foto) Virgil Peterson Telle Senators about crime. said Frank Ericksoa, now in jail as a bookmaker, was a partner with Costello in oil leases in Texas. Peterson said Costello has "tre By Edward Dillon and Neal Patterson . A gun-happy Negro boy of 14, who had resisted police questioning since Tuesday night, changed his stand yesterday and jotted down a confession that detectives said solved the baffling Fourth of July killing of a Giant fan in the Polo Grounds. , The boy, Howard M.1 Peebles, admitted he had -fired a 45 caliber automatic pistol at 12:30 P. M. on the Fourth which was the time a slug ripped down from the sky and crashed into the skull of Bernard Lawrence Doyle, a 54-year-old spectator in Row 3 of Section 42 of the upper grandstand. . Young Peebles said he fired the shot from the roof of .the building in which he lives at 515 Edgecombe Ave., on Coogan's Bluff. It is 1,120 feet from the rooftop to where the .45 slug killed Doyle, a resident of. Fairview, N. J., and onetime manager of ex-heavyweight champion Jimmy Braddock. He Meant No Harm. Peebles denied intending to fire into the Polo Grounds. As a gun lover police found ithree 2.2 caliber weapons in his apartment-he insisted he just felt an impulse to try out the .45 automatic, containing a single cartridge, which he said he had found about six months earlier in Central Park. - Detectives agreed that it was impossible for Peebles to have seen over a high parapet surrounding the roof. After firing, Peebles said he hid the gun in the cellar. Later, hearing that a man had been shot in the' Polo Grounds, he took the .45 to "the top of a bluff at 173d St. and Amsterdam Ave., in High-bridge Park, and heaved the weapon into a wooded ravine, the boy declared. " Late yesterday; 60 detectives were combing the thick underbrush mendous political power." He is one of the powers of Tammany Hall. Despite his "legitimate" front, Peterson said, Costello has "continued to associate with the foremost racketeers" and "remains at the top of the list of underworld leaders." Adonis in Auto Racket. Peterson said Adonis muscled into the New "York black market in 'automobiles and with Ralph Conti, a partner, sold 110 cars through Kings County Buick, Inc. The Chicago crime investigator said the kingpins in New Jersey gang operations were the same as in New York City, listing Adonis, Abner Zwillman and William Moretti as the principals in northern Nek Jersey. Peterson advised the committee to keep in mind some other New York mob figures "seldom heard of," naming Gaetano Ricci, alias Tony Goebels, of 125 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, and Joseph Pro-faci. He said Profaci was arrested in Cleveland in 1928 at what was believed to be a top council meeting of the Mafia, undercover Sicilian "Black Hand" organization. Peterson said that Joseph Bon-anno, Brooklyn underworld member sometimes known as Joe Bananas, had worked into Brooklyn area laundries and owned the Colorado (NEWS foto by Pat Candido) Escorted by Detective Francis McGinty, 14-year-old Howard M. Peebles aids in search for gun in Highbridge Park yesterday. for the death gun. Three truck-loads of Park Department workers had arrived to . help the search. Some of them scythed away brush, weeds and poison ivy to cjear the ground. The location was about 150 feet from the Harlem River Driveway. Police officials also asked men of the police technical laboratory Frank Costello He leads all the rest. Cheese Co., Trinidad, Colo, distributors of. Italian cheese. In the New Jersey gambling domain, Peterson also listed James Cerce, of Paterson; Hoboken Joe Stassi and Nick Delamore of Elizabeth. He said Delamore "controls the numbers racket"- in Elizabeth. Preparing for its' inquiry next week in Miami, the Senate committee learned from Peterson that Florida has "long been the stamping ground" of the mob. He said the old Capone syndicate has "had a firm foothold in Florida in the last several years." , to bring up a mine-detector to help speed finding of the weapon.. Peebles obligingly reenacted his toss, holding to a tree on the bluff and heaving a rock approximately the gun's weight in the direction he said he threw the weapon. Scores of bathers left a public swimming pool at the rear of the park, near 172d St, to watch tha searchers. Chief of Detectives William T. Whalen, who announced Peebles confession, told reporters he had no doubt that the admission solved the slaying. Only ballistics proof was wanting to clinch it, he added. Boy's Confession. The boy's brief confession, pencilled in his own hand and with several words misspelled, follows: "I fired 45 caL aut. at 12:30 o'clock 7450. I threw gun in park south of High Bridge pool toward river. ROBERT PEEBLES, 515 Edgecomb Ave., New York 32, N. Y. C. "P. S. Gun was found in Central Park about six months ago. Kept in basement until Forth of Julia. There was only one shell in gun when was found and stayed in until was fired. PEEBLES. "Got gun from basement. Took it into park. As I always -threw the shell into the toilet." Empty Shells Found. Police said his disposal of tha shell in the toilet bowl had prevented them from finding it at the time they discovered several empty 22 caliber cartridge cases on the roof of the six-story building, be side a parapet pockmarked with slugs. This discovery sent them downstairs, where two .22 rifles and a .22 long high-power target pistol were found in the apartment where the boy lived with his great-great aunt, Mrs. Marie Belld, 53. Kind Treatment Works. Peebles had been held at Youth House since on a juvenile delin-quincy charge. Mrs. Belld was charged with Sullivan Law violation and held in $2,500 bail in Felony Court-Peebles was defiant when first (Continued on page S, eoL 42 i

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