Abilene Reporter-News from Abilene, Texas on September 29, 1954 · Page 16
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Pal's Haunting Him, Lifer Soys BOISE, Idaho W~Kenneth Hastings, a life termer in thfe Idaho State Penitentiary, says he wants to be taken out of his solitary confinement cell and hanged to escape the ghost of his former partner ia after an abortive 56-hour prison break ended for him Saturday with his capture in the mountains north of Boise. Hastings said he had decided that if he failed in the escape attempt he would confess and ask He has given prison guards a i for the death penalty. He said he typewritten statement saying the 1 was unable to shake off the spec- inwge of Ivan Baker--whom he r '!re cf the murdered rasa while says he shot after a tavern holdup he shivered in the woods, scores in 1951--comes to "sit in my cell and grin at me. I just can't take him." of policemen closing in on him. Warden L. E. Clapp said that Hastings, long a trouble maker in The 31-year-old convict's story!the penitentiary, might be "work- was disclosed \wsterday by pens-1 ing some sort of angle." tentiary officials, who said they; A search of the desert country were sceptical. Hastings told it j near Atomic City in Eastern Idaho, where Hastings said he left Baker's bullet-ridden body, failed to bear fruit Monday or Tuesday. A search party is going out again Wednesday. William Owens, a penitentiary isn»te who joined Hastings in the Boise tavern holdup and in a Boise grocery store robbery three days later, was asked about Basting's story"He's craiy." Owens said. Hastings and Owens were sentenced to death for the fatal shooting of the Boise grocer. The sentences were commuted to life imprisonment. A companion in the grocery holdup, Ruth Seckinger, is on parole after her conviction for assault with intent to commit robbery. Contact**! in Pocateiio yesterday, she said she was too drunk after the tavern holdup to remember what happened. Hastings said in his statement he was in love with Miss Seckinger. but that Baker forced, his attentions on her, so he shot Baker four times in the chest and once in the back of the head, and hid the body under a clump of sagebrush. The disappearance of Baker has long been a mystery to police. 16-A THE ABILENE REPORTER NEWS AMfcM. TCXM. W«eBai*y Erak*. Sifttrnka 9,1*4 C-CHy Rites Friday ForMrs.H.Heckman COLORADO CITY, Sept. » -Funeral will be held at 4 pjn. Friday in Kiker and Son Chapel for Mrs. Harry Heckman. 43, of San Francisco, Calif. Officiating will be She Kev. Jack Ellzey, paster of the First Methodist Church, assisted by the Rev. J. E. Shewbert of Lubbock. Burial will be in Colorado City Cemetery. Mrs. Heckman was the former Agnes Berry. She had lived in Mitchell County prior to moving to San Francisco IT years, ago. Sot died there Monday. 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