The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on September 7, 1988 · 64
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 64

San Francisco, California
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Wednesday, September 7, 1988
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D-10 WfdiLy. SgHrmU 7. 1988 SANKRANCISCO EXAMINER Victim helps nab rape-kidnap suspect Arrest follows 6-day ordeal UMTED PB5S WTEHNATONAl MORGAN HILL - An unemployed carpenter who allegedly abducted an 18-year-old woman and kept her chained in his home for six days while he repeatedly raped her has been arrested. The woman was kidnapped at gunpoint, held in chains and sexually assaulted, police investigators said Tuesday. The suspect, identified ns Burton R. Bathke, 41, freed the 18-year-old woman Thursday in Morgan Hill after she promised she would accept gifts of money and a new car from her assailant in return for her silence, police investigators said. Bathke was taken into custody Friday when he went to a spot where he was to have met the victim, Police Cmdr. Curtis Cole said. Investigators said Bathke had given the woman his telephone number. She immediately called police upon her release, and a meeting was arranged between Bathke and the victim, Cole said. "During her six-day ordeal she gained his confidence," Cole said. "He felt remorseful about what he had (lone and tried to strike a deal with her." The woman was kidnapKd Aug. 26 w hile walking home at 9:30 p.m. from a local shopping center, police said. During the six days she spent at the Carmel Valley home of Bathke, she was chained to the bed and repeatedly raped, police allege. Bathke reportedly chained her to the bathroom wall and piled furniture in front of the door during one of his absences from the house. When dropjed off at her home, the victim called police and arranged to meet Bathke late Friday night to receive some of the items he had promised, including $2,000, clothing and a car, police said. Bathke was arrested at the meeting site and booked on charges of rape, kidnap and oral copulation. The victim was treated and released by a local hospital. "Her attitude was very strong considering the ordeal she went through," Cole said. 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The lake currently holds 1.6 hike to get to where the boats are at the Bidwell Bar million acre-fcet of water,lcss than half of its , Marina - Board pegs county bias-suit settlement ASSOCIATED PreSS LOS ANGELES - One of the county's highest ranking black employees, who filed a $1 million discrimination lawsuit alleging he was underpaid and discredited on the job because of his race, should receive a $90,000 settlement, a coun 1 rj ' 'ti t. ' ty claims board recommended. Tuesday's recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, if approved, would represent a partial settlement with Edgar H. Hayes, director of the county's data processing department Hayes, 54, filed the $1 million Coast Savings lias a new 9-month CD that pays you what you'd expect to earn on a 2-year certificate. You get a high yield. siibjctl lodianc wIk hii (mt jpjfjri m tuSA V - I :. . ..-" ' -'V m ASSOCIATED PHS3 federal lawsuit earlier this year, saying the county had denied him pay and benefits comparable to managers in similar positions. , Hayes, a 28-year county employee, earns $79,000 a year, a sum bis attorney said was $7,000 less than that paid to two of Hayes' assistants, and less than that paid to other department managers, most of whom are white. .A. gangs rival Mafi in state New study details big crime network ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO - Gangs spawned on Im Angeles streets are becoming sophisticated crime networks with stronger roots in California than the Mafia, according to a new state study. Street gangs such as the Bloods and Crips have spread nationwide and developed links with international drug rings, according to the report issued Tuesday by the state Justice Department's organized crime bureau. The report said domestic gangs have undergone a "dramatic and dangerous" transformation into "huge, violent networks." "Traditional organized crime is, in some respects, the least of our worries," the report said. About half of the 2,000 people killed in gong-related violence in Los Angeles in the last decade were innocent bystanders, making the gangs more deadly than Prohibition-era mobsters, said Attorney General John Van de Kamp. 'The Mafia of days of old really pales in significance compared to the gangs we're talking about," Van de Kamp said. He said the state Justice De partment is shifting resources to fight "this battle against the emerging street gang mafia." But Van de Kamp said state and local authorities need more money, personnel and tougher laws to curb gang violence. He urged Gov. Deukmejian to sign bills that would create four new anti-gang strike teams in the state Justice Department, give every police precinct access to computerized criminal records, and make it easier for police to seize drug dealers' assets. Death penalty in slaying of ex-wife, fetus ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN JOSE For hacking his ex-wife and her unborn baby to death with a machete, 38-year-William Michael Dennis has been sentenced to die in the San Quentin gas chamber. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge John Schatz followed the recommendations of the jury, who found Dennis guilty of first-degree murder for the 1984 Halloween slayings of 31 -year-old Doreen Erbert and her 8-month fetus. Sobbing, Dennis told the judge before sentence was passed Tuesday. "I'm very sorry. If killing me would bring my little boy back, I'd say take me now," The reference was to Dennis' 3-year-old son Paul, who accidentally drowned while in his mother's custody in 1980. Dennis blamed his actions in the double-killing on his remarried ex-wife, whose delinquency he said had allowed the drowning. Dennis, obviously haunted by the incident, went on at length about the drowning, blaming a faulty fence for letting the youngster get to the pool. He read four depositions relating to the conditions of the fence. He accused his ex-wife of adultery. The former Lockheed employee, shaken by sobs, called himself a "clean-cut" person who felt sorry for people bent on revenge, and he apologized to his parents and to the victims of the grisly killings. . The judge said sternly that his job was to see that the jury acted according to law and the evidence, and he decided that this was so, adding that he saw "no justification for any murder." Death sentences are automatically subject to appeal. After Dennis' arrest, police found two coffin-type pine boxes in his garage, along with a pair of hand-stitched, apparently homemade body bags, two anchors and nautical charts. 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