Daily News from New York, New York on March 10, 1994 · 440
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Daily News from New York, New York · 440

New York, New York
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Thursday, March 10, 1994
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r i z 3 a 3 Mite tasMs7 By JAY MAEDER Daily News Staff Writer A fugitive killer, sought for years in one of the most sensational local homicides of the 1970s, remorsefully turned himself in yesterday no longer able, he said, to bury memories of the four women he killed. "On his own he decided to confront his past and voluntarily surrender himself," said New York lawyer Michael Kennedy, in whose office Ricardo Caputo surrendered to state police. Caputo, Kennedy said, will probably be returned to the state's mental hospital system, from which he effortlessly escaped in October 1974 two days before the shocking slaying of state psychologist Dr. Judith Becker. Becker, 26, had been a staffer at the old Matteawan Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Beacon. There she had met Caputo, then 25, who had been committed for the 1971 stabbing death of a Man-hasset, L.I., woman. Becker, police concluded, had made the mistake of becoming romantically entangled with Ski r XJ V: Ricardo Caputo in 1974 her handsome patient . Becker was the daughter of the mayor of Bridgewater, Conn., and her slaying triggered an uproar over what some called civil-libertarian mollycoddling of dangerous mental patients. Caputo had been one of hundreds of disturbed criminal suspects ordered freed from Matteawan under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that their rights had been violated. Subsequently transferred to minimum-security Manhattan State Hospital on Wards Victim Judith Becker Island, Caputo one afternoon simply boarded a visitor's bus and rode away to Becker's Yonkers apartment, where the lovestruck doctor died with a nylon stocking knotted around her throat. Caputo was last seen in April 1975 in El Paso, Tex., where he broke away from Immigration officers who had attempted to detain him and fled into Mexico. Since then, Kennedy said, Caputo has roamed back and forth between the U.S. and several Latin American countries, has married twice and fathered several children and has killed two more women. He was increasingly a distraught fugitive, Kennedy said: "Long-buried memories of his past began to reemerge in bits and nightmares." "I feel only remorse for what I've done and sadness for the families of these women," Caputo said in a statement "I can at last face both the past and the future and pray for forgiveness." Last night he was in jail in Nassau County. It was not immediately clear if he will face prosecution in Becker's death. 'I can at last face both the past and the future and pray for Ricardo Caputo t. Sinai guilty of maternity ward bias By ANNETTE FUENTES Daily News Staff Writer Mount Sinai Medical Center was guilty of discrimination by segregating it mater-nity patients by race, investigators for the federal Health and Human Services Department have determined. The hospital has been placed on two-year, 'probation during which its practices will be closely monitored by the department's New York civil rights office, the Daily News has learned. As part of the agreement, Mount Sinai has pledged not to discriminate against minority and Medicaid patients and has agreed to post nondiscrimination notices throughout the hospital. Mount Sinai also must develop a two-hour staff training program on civil rights protections. The five-month probe of civil rights violations was launched after a series of articles in The News last October revealed that Mount Sinai had one maternity floor for Medicaid patients and another floor with more services for women with private insurance. now at macy 's ! Pi ( 1 If CELLUlAROIffi A handy way to stay in touch while you're on the go! This ultra-thin cellular phone features an incredible 200-number alphanumeric memory, 55 minutes of talk time and 11 hours of standby without recharge. And it's so compact, it'll fit in your pocket or purse! Plus, we've teamed up with Cellular One to bring you the utmost in service Model EBH60. Sorry, no phone orders. 'New one-year service contract with Cellular One must be signed as a condition of phone purchase; mere is an additional charge tor activation, Cellular phones at, selected stores.'' - - - ((Dinniprteir taff fe ort play gannmes dffin) FJEM By KAREN HUNTER-HODGE Daily News Staff Writer "The College Basketball Stock Market Challenge" crashed yesterday amid controversy and pressure from the National Collegiate Athletic Association and law enforcement agencies. . The game, a high-tech, computer-age version of the old office basketball pools, was to kick off Monday. For $69.95, entrants could connect with the contest through a modem and, with $100,000 in play money, buy and sell the 64 NCAA tournament teams. The person who made the most money "trading" by the end of the tournament would win $25,000. "It doesn't look like we're going to be able to do (the contest) at present," said Simon Reeves, co-creator of the "Challenge." "The NCAA is using its muscle to squash a relatively small and perfectly legal contest It's like David vs. Goliath. And we can't afford a legal battle with them." The NCAA deemed the. contest "a gambling scheme which seeks to capitalize and profit from the popularity of the tournament," according to NCAA spokeswoman Katherine Keith. Police officials from New York, New Jersey and Michigan said simply, "It's illegal." "Any time you are wagering or buying into a pool or contest where you don't know the outcome and the organizers profit, it is illegal," said Sgt Randy Schnotala of the Michigan State Police. The Missouri attorney general's office is investigating the contest for consumer fraud. More than 600 people paid $69.95 to enter the contests, which also had at least $40,000 from investors. It was being run out of Ann Arbor, Mich., where the organizers attend the University of Michigan. NCAA lawyers asked Reeves, 22, and his partner Boaz Weinstein, 20, to stop the contest. And they did. "We're very pleased that they agreed to stop the game," said Francis Canavan, a spokesman for the NCAA. "It's not only in the best interest of college basketball, and even though they are disappointed, it's also in (organizers') best interest" Dr. Barbie celebrates her 35th Barbie turned 35 yesterday and became a pediatrician. But a celebration at FAO Schwarz didn't attract children; it was mobbed with middle-aged women. Mattel Inc. commemorated the 35th anniversary of what it said was "the world's most famous doll" with a $1 million donation to several children's health organizations. The company, however, does not like to refer to Barbie's "birthday." "She's whatever age a child wants her to be," said a company official. The Associated Press - i 1: .! 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