The Shreveport Journal from Shreveport, Louisiana on April 27, 1984 · 2
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The Shreveport Journal from Shreveport, Louisiana · 2

Shreveport, Louisiana
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Friday, April 27, 1984
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BOSSIER 2a FRIDAY APRIL 27 19S-I SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY LA - SHREVEPORT JOURNAL W'IWUWWJIIP Organized satanic Or the product of By PHIL MARTIN Journal Staff Writer Is there a “Hands of Death” cult — a cult of sadistic killers who perform ritual cremations and crucifixions and eat human flesh? Or is it a figment of the morbid imaginations of aimless wandering killers? Mass murderer Henry Lee Lucas claims to have joined the cult in Shreveport in 1975 Most local lawmen say they have no reason to believe such an organization exists and generally dscount the Lucas account But a federal agent formerly stationed in Shreveport says the FBI is investigating claims the ‘‘Hands of Death” may be responsible for as many as 8000 homicides in the United States The agent who demanded strict anonymity in return for his comments said the agency was investigating reports of the cult’s activities But he admitted “The whole thing could turn out to be a total hoax” But an FBI spokesman in Houston said he had no knowledge of such an investigation Larry Todd a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin said there was “no evidence to support the existence of the cult” but said Texas lawmen were investigating the report “It makes a good story and somebody for sure ought to be investigating it" Todd said The DPS has established a “clearing house” for information on Lucas and his sometimes traveling companion and homosexual lover Ottis Elwood Toole Lucas told Gail Reeves a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he was approached by a man while he was waiting to cross a bridge in Shreveport and was asked to join the Bill Lott Lott Scarlett officers of the year for BCPD Detective Bill Lott and patrol Officer Wallace Scarlett have been named officers of the year by the Bossier City Police Department Scarlett 26 is a two-year veteran of the department who has been involved with the “Officer Friendly” program in local schools and “Operation Identification programs where schoolchildren are fingerprinted for record purposes Scarlett is a graduate of Fair Park High School and married to the former Theresa Austin A six-year veteran of the department Lott was named Detective of the 80 arrested roundup by Natchiotoches and Sabine Parish lawmen armed with more than 100 arrest warrants began a coordinated roundup of suspected drug dealers Thursday night A spokesman for the Natchitoches Parish sheriff’s office said arrests also were expected in Winn Rapides and Red River parishes More than 80 people have been arrrested so far the bulk of the suspects apprehended in Natchitoches Parish Labeled “Operation Eagle-Eye” the raid — which authorities said was the largest in the history of Natchitoches Parish — began around 4:30 pm Thursday and was continuing this morning The warrants were the result of more than three months of investigation by the Natchitoches Parish Drug Task Force The spokesman said officers from the Calcasieu Natchitoches Sabine Vernon and Red River parish sheriffs departments and officers from the Natchitoches police force were par Henry Lee Lucas cult “He told me he had been ‘screened’ by the cult that Ottis was already a member and that they had been watching him (Lucas)” Reeves said Lucas a 47-year-old drifter convicted in four killings and indicted in a dozen others in Texas claims to have slain about 360 people during an interstate spree of terror from 1975 until his arrest in Texas in 1983 Investigators say they have cleared more than 100 killings following interviews with Lucas who now faces murder charges in six states Bossier Parish lawmen have said Lucas is a “solid suspect” in the January 1981 slaying of a still unidentified girl whose body was found in north Bossier Parish and Bossier City police “have not ruled out” Lucas andor Toole as possible suspects in several Wallace Scarlett Year The 27-year-old Lott has spent the past two years working burglaries and has previously worked in the patrol and juvenile divisions Lott has been commended for his work involving the arrests of suspects involved with automobile thefts and vandalism at a local dealership Lott is a graduate of Bossier High School and is married to the former Donna Armstrong and the father of one daughter Anna Marie age 5 Both officers were honored by the Bossier City Noon Optimist Club earlier this year in drug deputies ticipating in the raid Charges ranged from simple possession of marijuana to conspiracy to distribute and distribution of marijuana Shreveport Journal (USPS 495-440) Published bv Shrevyport Publishing Corp Posfmosttr Send address changes to Shreveoort Journol 22 Lake St -P O Bo 31110 Shreveport La 71130 Monthly subscription rotes: Bv corner Daily only 5 45 Doily Journol Sunday Times — 9 SO Dotty only ’ J 00 Doily Journal Sunday Times 17 00 The oubnsher reserves the right to change subscription raes dur mg the time of o subscr igt ton upon twenty-'ght (28) days noiotce This notice may be bv moil to the subscriber bv notice contained m tne newsoaper Hsief or otherwise Subscription rot changes mov be Implemented by changing the duration of the subscription Rates tor subscriptions outside Louistono will be Quoted upon request Second class postage ood at Shreveport Lo Ah dealers and corr iers ore mdeoendent contractors and ore not employees ot the Shreveport Journol For the convenience of subscribers otfvonce payment o si (6) months or more snoutd be mode drectty to the Shreveport Journol on tonoit of your independent corner i Dteallh killers of 8000? vivid imagination? Ottis Elwood Toole killings Bossier Parish sheriff’s detectives have interviewed Lucas three times in connection with the case with the last interview coming in January Sources have indicated that Lucas said he lived in Shreveport for a period of several weeks around the time “Jane Doe’s” body was discovered off a logging road in Bossier Parish On Thursday Lucas was taken to Texarkana to answer questions about the 1981 murder of two teen-agers Videotape equipment was brought into a room on the second floor of City Hall where police questioned Lucas about the deaths of Gordon and Karen Alexander Someone attacked the Alexander children in their College Hill home April 8 1981 Their father Weldon Alexander returned home to find his BREMCO electric rate going up another 8 Electricity rates for Bossier Rural Electric Membership Cooperative consumers will climb another $750 per 1000 kilowatt-hours a month after Wednesday night’s regular meeting of the BREMCO board of directors The board voted unanimously to approve the increase which will be about 8 percent more than consumers paid in April The increase goes into effect Monday According to Donny Hood president of the BREMCO board the increase was approved in order to secure approximately $35 million in funds held by the Rural Electification Administration for approved construction projects that are already complete Hood said the increase was also needed to make payments to Cajun Electric BREMCO’s power supplier since the co-op has been unable to make full monthly payments on its power bill for two months Funds also will go to repay quarterly loan payments to REA which the co-op first defaulted on in March In addition Hood said construction work in the Plain Dealing area can now get under way which will avoid power brown outs throughout that area this summer Hood said the co-op was in a “criti The Brother's Hair Design will be dosed FRIDAY APRIL 27TH & MONDAY APRIL 30TH WE’RE MOVING! We Will Reopen at Our New Location TUESDAY MAY 1st 137 KINGS H1AY (Corner Centenary 4 Kings) Our New Number 868-0687 HAIR 9 son 13 dead and his daughter 14 alive but with a stab wound in her head She died four days later Police found a bent and bloody table knife near the murder scene Miller County Deputy Prosecutor Rodney McDaniel said no charges have been filed A jury in San Angelo Texas sentenced Lucas to death April 13 for the slaying of an unidentified female hitchhiker near Georgetown The 36-year-old Toole is scheduled to go on trial Monday for the arson-murder of a man in Florida In October 1983 Toole reportedly told Calcasieu Parish sheriff’s deputies interviewing him in connection with the stabbing death of Katherine Corbello Martin that he was a member of a satanic cult that had trained with other cult members in the Florida Everglades Both Lucas and Toole have been indicted in the slaying of 19-year-old Northeast Louisiana co-ed Kathy Whorton of Bastrop In addition to the Corbello Martin slaying Toole has been charged in Ouachita Parish with the slaying of 17-year-old Sherry Alford of Swartz Bossier Parish Chief Deputy Larry Deen said investigators had turned up no evidence of the cult other than in Lucas and Toole’s statements Shreveport Chief of Detectives Maj Robert Merolla said “We investigated the story and we could find no evidence of the cult here” A Catholic lay worker who has befriended Lucas said she was aware of stories about the cult The church worker who has ministered to prisoners in the Williamson County Jail said she heard of the cult from two other prisoners long before she met Lucas Figment or reality? cal stage” and that it needed the increase to survive and to finally operate “in the black” Hood said negotiations are continuing between Cajun and REA to lower the cost of electricity to BREMCO The co-op has already received a verbal agreement he said that Cajun will lower their power cost $3 per 1000 kilowatt hours If so that savings will be passed on to BREMCO consumers offsetting the $750 increase passed by the board But still BREMCO’s increase won’t come without opposition Sen Foster Campbell Jr who was essential in passing the bill that allows members to place co-ops under the regulation of the Public Service Commission said he’s not sure the increase is legal and that he planned to contact his attorneys this morning Campbell said the 1983 state law calls for a public hearing before any increase is passed He said the board may have found a loophole in the law But if they did Campbell said he’d still have time to “tighten it up" since the final day to fill bills in the Legislature isn’t until Monday But Hood responded that no public hearing was necessary to approve the increase DESIGN wm REPORT Three people were sentenced in Bossier district court this week on charges of driving while intoxicated The standard first-offense penalty QUALITY SERVICE SELECTION ( BEDDING PLANTS PLANTS IN A RAINBOW OF GUARANTEED FLOWERING ROSES AKIN’S QUALITY ROSES ARE IN BUD & BLOOM GROWING IN CONTAINERS READY TO Pursley’sSeitfe THE ST AUGUSTINE GRASS FOR THE 80-’ Pursley’s Seville is a new St Augustine that is semi-dwarf has a finer leaf texture is a richer darker green Grows out not up so you mow less spreads fast from pre-rooted plugs Each tray plants a big 50 sq ft Easy to do No mess Cold tolerant St Augustine Decline Virus Resistant Moderate resistance to Brown Patch Crowds out old lawns Shade Tolerant Try - i-lQ specific formulas for special problems! fertiIome 'TREE 'FOOD APPLIED NOW WILL INCREASE THE VIGOR AND PERFORMANCE OF YOUR TREES HURT BY THE COLD WINTER farti-km fertilome AZALEA — CAMELLIA AND GARDENIA FOOD ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO USE AFTER THEY BLOOM — THIS WILL HELP MAKE YOUR PLANTS RE-i GAIN THEIR HEALTH HA AKIN NURSERY AND LANDSCAPE CO INC 5901 EAST KINGS HIGHWAY PHONE 858-2701 SPRING HOURS: MON-SAT 8:30-5:30 for DWI Includes a $350 fine court costs or 60 days in jail enrollment in a driver improvement and substance abuse program 60-day suspension of driver’s license and either two days in jail or four eight-hour days of community service Sentenced for DWI were: James D Dew 37 Shreveport Wanda J Reed' 32 Haughton and Jessie L Stogen 47 Haughton THOUSANDS OF QUALITY PLANTS IN A RAINBOW Of COLORS FOR SUN OR SHADE j TREES AND SHRUBS CHOOSE FROM A WIDE SELECTION OF THIS AREA’S MOST COLORFUL TREES AND SHRUBS! 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