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Friday, May 11, 1984
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woman killed by mistake, court told By Micha. KeWy : SUfl Writer , Jenny Soo Chin, the 46-year-old bookkeeper from Teaneck who disappeared more than two years ago, was murdered by mistake, a dls-barred lawyer has testified. Henry Oestericher, a former New York attorney who has been granted immunity from prosecution in a murder-conspiracy trial, said earlier this week that Mrs. Chin was killed be- cause she was thought to be cooperating with a federal investigation of diamond fraud. Only ': after Mrs. Chin's murder, said Oestericher, did the killers realize their mistake. At the time of her disappearance, in January 1982, Mrs. Chin had recently left her part-time job as a bookkeeper for the now-defunct Candor Diamond Company. At the time, Candor was accused of defrauding the John P. McGuire Company, a Manhattan finance firm, of f 5.5 million . , by providing phony bills for nonexistent diamonds that were supposedly sold to the firm. j Mrs. Chin's body has never been found. Several days after her disappearance, her blood-. stained Pontiac was found on a Manhattan street. Candor's owner, Irwin Margolies, is now on trial on charges he hired a man to murder Mrs. Chin and Margaret Barbara, 38, of Queens, whom Mrs. Chin was visiting on the night of her disappearance. Donald Nash, 49, of Keansburg , was convicted last year for the murders and is : serving a prison term of 100 years to life. Oestericher has testified that he conspired . with Margolies to have the two women killed. At the time of Mrs. Chin's disappearance, . Oestericher said, Margolies was worried about the federal probe and discussed plans with him to kill Ms. Barbara, Candor's $70,000-a-year comptroller, and Mrs. Chin. Ms: Barbara and . Mrs. Chin had become close friends while work- , ing at Candor, and Oestericher said Margolies assumed they had talked to federal investigators. Only af tar the murders, says Oestericher, did Margolies realise that Mrs. Chin hadn't been a source for the Investigators. Police investlgtors familiar with the case say Oestericher's testimony probably Is true. Because of the nature of Mrs. Chin's Job, police Investigators say, she wasn't in a position to ' be of much kelp to the federal investigators. Tbey acknowledge, however, thit Mrs. Chin may have known about the fraud because of her friendship with Ms. Barbara, who had received Immunity from prosecution in return for helping Investigators. - Three months after Mrs. Chin's disappearance, Ms. Barbara was killed in a parking garage along the Manhattan waterfront Three CBS technicians who tried to save Ms.' Barbara after hearing her cries for help were also killed. Based on Ms. Barbara's testimony to police before she was killed and her refusal to submit to a lie-detector test, investigators suspect Ms. Barbara cooperated with a hired killer in Mrs. Chin's , murder: The reason, say investigators, can be found in the manner in which Mrs. Chin disappeared. On the night of Jan. 4, 1982, after a visit, Mrs. Chin left Ms. Barbara's fourth-floor Queens apartment to drive to her family in Teaneck. Mrs. Chin, carrying two packages, walked to her car. Then, say police, after placing the pack-' ages on the seat, Mrs. Chin got in the driver's seat and warmed up the car for five minutes a move that police say was completely out of char-. , acter. Mrs. Chin's family told them she never warmed up the car. For that reason, police think Mrs. Chin was waiting for someone. Said one investigator: "The person Jenny was waiting for was Margaret Bar- .i.... , jr. ft: . . . " Federal aid sought for reconstruction i of race track Jenny Soo Chin Disappeared in 1982 bara. Or, at least, Jenny thought she was waiting for Margaret Margaret told Jenny to wait for her in the car, knowing that the killer would pick her up." i Police say they have no idea why Ms. Barbara would do this, especially because she considered Mrs. Chin to be a good friend. They speculate, however, that Ms. Barbara may have been paid off by Margolies. While Mrs. Chin waited in the car, a man strolled down the sidewalk, according to a witness that night Upon reaching the car, he suddenly yanked open the door, shoved Mrs. Chin to the floor, and sped away. i Mrs. Chin was never seen again. j .' The prosecution continued its case in state Supreme Court in Manhattan yesterday, as one of its witnesses said he lied to a grand jury about not knowing Margolies personally. Alberto Torres said he withheld the truth from a grand jury in November 1982 because he feared for his life. ' . . During his grand jury testimony, Torres said he had seen Margolies's face only in the newspapers. But he admitted yesterday in his second day of testimony that he had met the diamond merchant United Preei International TRENTON Governor Kean says the state will seek federal money to help rebuild the historic Freehold Raceway, destroyed last week by fire. With the hulking ruins of the track as a backdrop, Kean met with local and race track officials yesterday to discuss plans to rebuild the oval. Before being destroyed by fire last Friday, the track, built in 1853, was the longest continually operating parimutuel track in the nation. Kean told reporters at a State House news conference that the state would seek Economic Develop-, ment Authority money to rebuild the track. Local officials had said they hoped the state would rebuild the track. "If we're going to put the track together it's not going to be by any one group," Kean said. Owner and General Manager James McLoone has said he wants to rebuild the track as soon as possible. McLoone, who would actually have to make the application for the EDA money, said he intended to apply for the funds. Kean said a soon-to-take-effect federal law precludes EDA money from being used to rebuild gambling establishments. He said the bill, expected to be signed into law shortly, contains 10 exceptions for gambling establish-. ments. "We decided that if necessary, we'll go to Congress and become the Uth," Kean said. The race track was destroyed in a spectacular blaze as 150-foot flames shot into the air and billowing black smoke shrouded nearby towns. The fire moved swiftly and within 20 minutes had done away with the grandstand. The grandstand, clubhouse, and concession stands were reduced to smoking heaps of twisted steel and smashed concrete. No one was injured in the blaze, which started after the day's racing card was over. The horses were spared because the stables are across the road. The Chamber of Commerce and other organizations in Freehold and Monmouth County are trying to find jobs for the 400 employees now out of work. The fire was apparently caused by a faulty connection behind a tote board at the rear of the grandstand area. -l PATH hopes fare hike $3.5Mfor PATH terminal repairs OKd JSS hurt ridershiP t By Daniel Lazart Staff Writer I NEW YORK - The Port Authority approved $3.5 million in repairs and improvements yesterday for the PATH terminal in Jersey City where a concrete ceiling collapsed last summer, killing two persons and injuring about a dozen. The money will be used to strengthen the suspended concrete ceilings on three levels of the subway terminal and to shore up ceilings of similar design elsewhere in the transportation complex, which had previously been thought to be sound. Those ceilings do not constitute an immediate hazard, said a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the 14-mile Port Authority Trans-Hudson system. 5 The latest trouble spots are scattered throughout the complex, Including sections hous- ing PATH'S administrative offices. -; The authority's board of commissioners yes-. terday also approved the expenditure of another j $250,000 for repairs to the complex not directly s related to the ceiling collapse. 1 I I The Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City, which serves bus as well as subway riders, was completed in the early 1970's. It has been criticised for poor workmanship and shoddy construction, which has resulted in cracked concrete sidewalks and steps, as well as persistent plumbing problems. PATH officials, however, say that the problems are not unexpected given the size of the transportation complex. The ceiling collapse occurred Aug. 8 shortly after 9 a.m., just as the morning rush hour was drawing to a close. Witnesses reported that the 10,600-square-foot ceiling over the main entrance seemed to peel like an immense zipper, as hundreds of steel cables holding an inch-thick -layer of concrete plaster to the steel roof above snapped one after another in a chain reaction lasting 10 to 15 seconds. An investigation by Lev Zetlin Associates Inc., a New York engineering firm, later found that the suspension system was inadequate for the weight of the ceiling. It also said signs that the suspension was giving way were overlooked by PATH'S maintenance and engineering staff. A second report by Lev Zetlin Associates, due in several weeks, will attempt to fix responsibility for the collapse among PATH personnel and the contractors who built the complex. A Port Authority spokesman said the repairs should be completed by next spring., Ex-broker admits insider stock-trading scheme The Associated Press . . , NEW YORK - A former broker for Pruden-tial-Bache Securities Inc. and Gruntal & Company admitted yesterday to an insider stock-trading scheme based on tips leaked by clerks at a New York law firm. Aaron Lerman, 37, of Manhattan pleaded guilty to conspiracy, mail fraud, and securities fraud in connection with illegal insider information from the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher k Flom. V 1 , , Lerman admitted trading securities based on advance information about proposed tender offers. . ; : By Daniel Laura Staff Writer NEW YORK Because last year's PATH fare hike did not inter- rupt the system's steady increase in passengers, PATH officials say they are hopeful that another fare increase set to take effect in three weeks will not hurt ridership either. 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