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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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Monday, April 7, 1969
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17 Wounded Turnpike Sniper Kills Three, Self, In Hour's Spree HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Martin Lambright and his wife Annette had been in the company of an unidentified third person hours before the fatal shooting: incident which left four dead and 17 injured on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, State Police reported today. Commissioner Frank McKetta told a news conference that the Lambrights had stopped at the Highspire service plaza near Harrisburg about 1 a.m. Saturday to have their car worked on. They were eastbound at the time. McKetta quoted witnesses as saying a white male with long hair was sleeping in the back of the car while it was being serviced. The Lambrights, Donald, 31, and Annette, -30, were Negroes. McKetta said, however, there was no evidence that the mys- sterious third person was in the car later in the morning when Lambright, driving westbound, fired indiscriminately at other cars before stopping near the identical service plaza. It was there Lambright shot his wife dead and took his own life. State Police, at a news conference, discussed details of the reign of terror which apparently lasted an hour and a half over a 24-mile stretch of the Turnpike in three counties—Lancaster, Lebanon, and Dauphin. McKetta emphasized that the State Police believed that the Lambrights were alone in the car during the shootings. He indicated, however, the third person was being sought in an attempt to establish a motive. Lambright's mother in Cleveland, Mrs. Winifred Lee, said the shooting would have been a "protest against the establishment." She said her son was "a victim of the racism that is abroad in this land." McKetta said several books were found in the car, most of them textbooks. Lambright was a political science student at Lincoln University, and authorities said he was eligible for a degree upon completion of a term paper. Earlier relatives said Lambright felt he was a victim of racial discrimination. An uncle said Lambright, who was a son of the Negro movie actor Stepin Fethcit, had been diagnosed by a psychiatrist a year ago as suffering from violent or suicidal tendencies, but liad refused treatment. "The whole black-white confrontation affected him very (Continued on Page 32—Co*. 1) Threatened His Mother Background Of Killer Is Probed For Motives Was Donald M. Lambright a compulsive killer who might just as easily have killed his mother as he did a! Philadelphia couple on Lebanon County's portion of the 1 Pennsylvania Turnpike Saturday morning? Was he a brilliant man with a mind deranged by alleged acts of racial discrimination? Was his shooting spree, that GOOD EVENING Tedar'i affluent kld» BO leiger have to run away from hone — they drive. gcbanon and Tht Lebanon Doily Timts THE WEATHER Central Perma. — Fair a«d not so cold te«u?ht. Lo-w 36 to 42. T u P ; d a y mild.flkh CO to 67. futtrttf M cl«n m««tr <t (k« >«4effic« tt tk* Act «f Mfrch I, 1179 97th Year — No. 180 LEBANON, PA., MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 7, 1969 32 PAGES-TEN CENTS Second Historic Man-Made SNIPER VICTIM'S CAR — Ignatius Keenan, 51, and his wife, Ruby, of Philadelphia, were en route to the Pennsylvania State University to visit their son when their auto was hit by bullets fired by Donald Martin Lambright along the Pennsylvania Doily NEWS Photo. Turnpike. Hospital reports indicated Keenan died from the gunshot wounds and his wife died from injuries suffered when the car rolled over. At left is Trooper Eric Olena, Bowmansville substation, and John Rump, Lebanon. left four dead and 17 wounded or injured, the vengeful act of a Black Nationalist? These are among the questions Lebanon and Dauphin County investigators pondered today along with state officials as they probed Lambright's background. Lambright's mother, Mrs. Winifred Lee, Cleveland, termed her son's action a protest against "the establishment." She claimed he had been the victim of racial discrimination while a student at Wabash College in Indiana and as a member of the U.S. Air Force. A white man had broken his nose in the Air Force, she told investigators. Dr. M. H. LambrUht, Cleveland surgeon who adopted Donald at the age of eight after marrying his mother, termed his son "just sick. As far as I am concerned, he needed psychiatric help." Dr. Lambright told i n- vesligators that about 10 days prior to the shooting Donald had threatened to kill his mother. Mrs. Lee, now divorced from Dr. Lambright, her second husband, reportedly called Dr. (Continued on Page 32—Col. 6) Auto Accident After Shooting Caused One Death Injuries suffered In the auto accident which followed the attack by the turnpike sniper on Saturday caused ,thc death of one of the victims, Mrs. Ruby Keenan of Philadelphia. This was disclosed here fol lowing an autopsy performed in the Good Samaritan Haspital by )r. Justin Leonard. Although Mrs. Keenan had been shot in the cheek, Dr. A. i. Heisey, Lebanon County cor oner, said this would not have )een fatal. She died of a massive hemorrhage from a ruptured spleen suffered when the car rolled over following the shooting. Her husband, Ignatius, was instantly killed by a bullet which nit him in the neck. His wife died enroute to the lospiital. Son Severely Cut Their 14-year old son, UPl-Doily NEWS Fccsimil*. SNIPER — Donald Lamhright, who killed himself and three others and wounded 17 on Saturday's shooting rampage on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, is shown in a photo from the Lincoln University vearbook in 1967. Kill 14 Americans Enemy Slashes Into Two Freighter Collides With Oil Barge; Groups Of U.S. Troops 25 Men Missing Paul, suffered a badly cut lip. He was aken to the Bowmansville State Police substation, where he was picked up later by his brother, Frank, 23, a student at Pen>n State University. The Keenanss were on route to Penn State to visit Frank when death overtook them. The sniper fired at them when they were traveling over the >art of the turnpike which cuts hrough the bottom of Lebanon bounty, not far from Lawn. Two other persons also were taken to the Good Samaritan on Saturday for treatment. They were George A. Bonsell, 35, Huntingdon RD 3, Pa., and his wife, Connie, 35. Bonsell is a guard at the State (Continued on Page 32—Col. 4) Postponed Egg Hunts Scheduled For Tonight Easter egg hunts for children jp to 10 years of age will be at SAIGON (AP) — North Vietnamese infantrymen slashed into two groups of U.S. troops Sunday night, killing 14 Americans and wounding 28 in close-quarter fighting. Only three enemy were known dead. Fighting generally appeared to be at the lowest level since the enemy's spring offensive began six weeks ago. Eleven Americans were killed and 13 were wounded in one fight, about 100 miles northeast of Saigon. Mortars slammed into a nighi bivouac of American paratroop ers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, defending the southern approaches to the provincia capital of Bao Loc. . As the mortars pinned down :he defenders, North Vietnamese infantrymen drove to Protestants Join Catholics To See Passion Play By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Some worshippers in Pennsylvania attended traditional Easter services while others participated in a service which religious leaders say is the first of its kind in the country. About 10,000 Catholics, including Cardinal-elect John Wright of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese, and Protestants attended a performance of an Easter passion play early Sunday in Pittsburgh. More than 500 persons from 80 churches in the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese and the Pittsburgh Protestant Council of Churches participated in the play at the Civic Arena. Religious leaders in Pittsburgh said it was the first joint effort of this type by Catholic and Protestant churches anywhere in the nation. In Philadelphia, some 1.500 persons sat in wooden folding chairs or in parked cars before the Messiah Lutheran Church for the 35th annual Easter Sunrise Service. In 48-degree temperature: (Continued on Page 5 — Col. 1) Over $150,000 Stolen From Harrisburg Apt. the barbed wire perimeter ol the camp, hurling hand grenades and firing machine guns and rifles. The paratroopers fought back and called in helicopter gun- ships and troop reinforcements, who succeeded in driving off the attackers after a 2 1 /2-hour bat tie. North Vietnamese casualties were not known, spokesmen said. The other engagement, also lasting 2Vi hours, was in the Viet Cong's War Zone C strong hold in northern Tay Ninh prov ince along the Cambodian bor der, where thousands of Ameri can air cavalrymen are pur suing troops of the North Viet namese 1st and 7th Divisions. Troops of the 1st Air Cavalrv Division sweeping 65 miles northwest of Saigon late Sundav came under withering small arms and machine-gun fire tha killed three Americans anc (Continued on Page 27—Col. I held at 6 o'clock tonight eight city playgrounds. Paul E. Feeman, president. of| an( j the Lebanon City Playground HARRT, BURG (UPI) — Thieves ransacked the apartment of a retired businessman Israeli, Jordanian Tanks Clash In < One-Hour Battle By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Woman Donor Dead As Result Of Brain Damage HOUSTON (UPI) — Dr. Denton A. Cooley took a man-made dacron and plastic heart from the chest of an Illinois man today and replaced it with the lealthy "God-given" heart of a 40-year-old Lawrence, Vlass., woman, "I am optimistic about the outcome," Cooley told other doctors as he stitched closed the chest of Haskell Karp, 47, of Skokie, 111. The heart transplant was _ unny And Cool s Forecast For loday, Tuesday NEW ORLEANS (UPI)-A Formosan freighter collided with what the Coast Guard saic apparently was a drifting o barge Sunday night, sendin flames racing across both era: and forcing the freighter's crew over the side and into the oily and muddy Mississippi River. A Coast Guard spokesman said a barge apparently broke free of its tow and the freighter "Union Faith" did not spot it in the dark. The freighter and the barge collided about a mile upriver from the famed New Orleans French Quarter. Flames soared hundreds of feet into the air, licking at the Greater New Orleans Mississippi River Bridge. The Coast Guard said as many as 52 men were aboard the ship and early today up to 25 were not accounted for. There were no confirmed fatalities although three men were listed in serious condition from burns. Most of the survivors were admitted to New Orleans hospitals. Ship Sinks The Union Faith sank at 2:58 a.m. EST, more-than five hours after the accident, almost in the middle of the river. The river ranges from 100 to 180 feet deep at New Orleans. "It happened so fast I (Continued on Page 11—Col. 3) heart transplant was another medical first for ooley, who has performed more of the operations than any ther physician. It was the first ime a completely artificial device was replaced by a living icart in a human body. Tedious Task The famed surgeon, who only ast Friday stunned the medical world by implanting a synthetic heart into Karp, started the edious task of replacing it with human heart about 8 a.m. EST in a delicate operation at St. Luke's Hospital. Cooley replaced the artificial leart with the human donor organ in Karp's chest at 9:30 a.m. and started it beating with one electric shock. "It started beating \rith good rhythm," a hospital spokesman said. Cooley finished stitching shu' Karp's chest at 10:15 a.m. "It's been supporting hi: circulation for 30 minutes and optimistic about the oul am come," Cooley said. The human donor, flown t Houston in a touch-and-go fligh marred by mechanical prob lems aboard the private plane died at St. Luke's less than 9 minutes after she was rushed tc the hospital still in "very, ver> critical" condition from wha (Continued on Page 7 — Col. 2 Supreme Court Gives Free Speech Ruling WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court, in a major free speech ruling, held today that it cannot constitutionally be made a crime to possess obscene films or printed matter in the privacy of a man's home. "This right to receive information and ideas, regardless of their social worth, is fundamental to our free society," said Justice Thurgood Marshall in delivering the opinion. Marshall reiterated for the court its view that the government has a valid interest in A high-pressure area centered ver Pennsylvania brought clear nd cool weather across the tate today with the promise of unny skies and temperatures anging from the mid 50's to the mid 60's. The clearing followed an East- T Sunday marked by cool and lartially cloudy weather with /ariable windiness which turned nto milder afternoon tempera- .ures and abundant sunshine. The daytime high Sunday was recorded at 57 degrees. More pleasant weather is expected Tuesday with highs ranging from 53 to 60 degrees. Little change is expected Wednesday. Fair and cool weather is predicted again tonight with lows dropping to the mid to upper 30's. Winds may increase from five to 15 miles per hour tonight from the southwest and shift to the east at five to 15 miles per hour Tuesday. Five-Day Forecast Temperatures may average above normal in Eastern Pennsylvania during the period Tuesday through Saturday. Daytime highs will range in the mid 50's to the low 60's. Overnight lows will moderate in the mid 20's in the north to the' low 40's in the southeast. Seasonable weather is expected throughout the period and much warmer temperatures should occur at the end of the period. Precipitation may total one- half inch or more in rain about Tuesday and Friday. The statistics for the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. today dealing with the problem of ob-| are: scenity. (High 57 But. he said in announcing the ! Low 28 Berserk Gunman Tries To Kill Two State Cops WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (API- John Arthur Barbours, 25, has been charged with attempting to kill two state policemen in what authorities describe as a wild i shooting rampage. Police said they were called; to Harbours' home in the Lycoming County community of| Barbours. about 15 miles north! of here, early Sunday morning. Mrs. Dale Barbours, the man's mother, told police her decision from the bench: Average (five below norm) .. 43 •The state has no business S a.m. temperature 41 telling a man sitting alone in hisiSunset tonight 6:38 p.m. own home what books he may;Sunrise tomorrow .... 5:41 a.m. read or what films he may 1 High, April 6, 1968 53 watch." I Low, April 6, 1968 30 Former Commanders Say Vietnam Escalation Averted Country's Fall WASHINGTON (AP) — Two former U.S. com. son had gone berserk and was l m anders in the Vietnam war say American escalation i couple was at church and made Association, said the following of{ with Uvo safps containing playground units will conduct j th(Hlsands of dol | ars in cash) Easter egg hunts for children in their respective neighborhoods: Hilltop. Lebanon Athletic Association, Meadowbank, „ ,,-„.„. ..UOM.^M.C,,, 'Israeli and Jordanian tanks!wrecking his mobile home. wife Sunday while ^^hT^ ^South Vietnam, but White House iof the fighting was essential in preventing the fall of " out a Jordanian spokesman said. In; before they had a chance to talk ' Cairo. Arab guerrillas said they i to bonds and jewelry. Mr. and Mrs. Antonio San-i at -lenisaiem Airport, isone were gone from their i Tne communique in Amman said the tank clash today broke him. They said he shots from one fired rifle, traditional military victory. pressive, Southeastern. Sou th-i buMhe robhp ' s made {ast US( ; out along the Jordan River western, South Sixth Street and {)ne absrnoe , lnrhldpd in the ..... - " Washington. The hunts Hoot was $150.000 in negotiable ceasefire line 13 miles south of the Sea of Galilee. In their 347-page "Report on the War in Vietnam," becaiVshootins with a sec- ! published today by the Pentagon, Gen. William C. Y\ est- ond gun when the first jammed. :more ] an d and Adm. U. S. G. Sharp said their strategy in but o^sirSuck 0 the i building up the American effort from 1P64 until last of their police car.! year was generally successful and ended any chance of No said, rear . . .. 'M't't « o o o t .;v, w r\i tn iivf^i.'iinirnr u ., i ., <„ W f e ? n ""T y l bonds, an undetermined amount The spokesman said the scheduled for Saturday, hut !f)f cash ol(] sold ff)ins and Jordanians suffered no casual Barbours was held in Lyromin.s' pnpmv victory. Countv Prison on Sin.nnn hail. : an enem> ' were postponed due to the rain. in the ***************************** ,500 pounds. and women's jewelry in ties bllt claimed to have a ransacking of the bedroom.; destroyed an Israeli jeep and Police said entrance was gain- jdamaged a tank m the 50-mined by forcing a front door. Onej ul(>s of Runfire. of the safes weighed more than I In Jerusalem, an Israeli (spokesman said Arab guerrillas Amiisrmrnts 1!) Arra 22 Classified 27-31 Comics 20, 21 Editorial 6 Financial 2 Obituaries 2 Sports 14, IS, 16 Women's Pages 17, 18 Notict Memberi of Tht KniihH of Columtim Brother Chsrips A. B!?i. x *' st? : r\ Sr will V hr'd ^^nd^y pvf n in}, Annl ', 19A? rtt 'hft lion r'< the S^/irv af I:!V< P V (Sinned) NlcholtJ P«rperl;'!« Grind Knjsht ^^^^g,' attacked an Israeli army patrol hut mentioned nothing about a tank battle. It said the Israelis returned fire. Israeli Defense Minister (Continued on Page 5 — Col. 3) Bob Hoch SERVICE CENTER i Oml 275-4561 NOFIE J. CATALAKO will respond to the Mayor Tuesday, April 8 10 P.M. CHANNEL 15 Nofl« J. Catalano IP. West morplar.d. who ran the] f S war effort m Vietnam un'.'li he became Armv chief of staff last June, said without the war a buildup of American troops in ti! his IflfiS he doubts the Smith V:ei- for hi namese could have held oat for off^'more than six mouths. ** * Rut he WI-OIP. re>mc;i<v..s by r-.oi lo the White House on military op- iho^.-ouauons now eration? agaiii>t Viet Con:; and ::! " North V.ctnamesft s.wm.vi^ no.irhhonns: Laos, Camhodi.i o p. who as U.S. command- IP Pacific planned the aif :ai:'.st North Vietnam un- re:iromcnt last Au-ust. part said the "profound of American bombing of •r!h probably induced Ha- relief by agreeing to underway sock m it and North Vietnam "m.id impossible to destroy the enf-i 51 ^ 1 my's forces m a traditional or ana classic sense." :io curmi!.)!ive effects of air tnrm? and the demands of ,var in South Vietnam re- i in unprecedented stresses strains on the North Viet(Continued on Tago » — Col. 1)

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