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i Section A Page 8 Star-Telegram I Sunday December 28 1997 Death of an heiress The Associated Press A human skeleton was found in September in the septic tank at the former Rhode Island home of heiress Camilla Lyman who disappeared a decade ago - at first In fact there was no official search of Lyman's 40 acres until John Scuncio a retired state police detective took over as Hopkinton police chief a year ago and reopened the long-dormant case At the same moment that Siner found the skull in the tank Scuncio was on another part of the 40-acre estate searching for a body Lyman 54 when she disappeared was the ' daughter of Arthur T Lyman an affluent Bostonian with more than 30 years of public service in Massachusetts including stints as commissioner Of corrections and commissioner of conservation According to friends and relatives Lyman's father doted on her and she deeply felt his loss after he died of lung cancer in 1968 Sometime after that Lyman's transformation into a man apparently began ' The Brahmin heiress attended national dog shows wearing a mustache she grew with the help of steroids intended for her dogs bolo ties and herringbone jackets In her masculine guise some say Lyman bore a spooky resemblance to her father Lyman bought the Hopkinton house in 1984 When she wasn't at dog shows she had little to do with the outside world Neighbors say she was cranky A stockade fence at the front of her property separated her from the rest of the world She had even grown distant from her own relatives "She was cute and perky" in her youth says Lyman's sister Mary Margaret Goodale of Boston "She began to withdraw from us the ' family in the 1970s I don't know why" A small circle of trusted associates living around Hopkinton took care of Lyman's practical matters leaving the heiress to devote herself to her 58 dogs One of those associates was George T O'Neil a fellow dog breeder from nearby North Kingstown whom Lyman apparently considered her best human friend O'Neil cashed Lyman's checks for her picked up her mail had power of attorney over her affairs and was the sole beneficiary in her will according to testimony at a 1994 probate hearing dealing with Lyman's estate O'Neil didn't inform police about Lyman's disappearance even though he conceded noticing in July 1987 that she was missing the probate records show But O'Neil did keep maintaining Lyman's house and taking care of her dogs : Police learned of Lyman's disappearance months later when her brother filed a missing Transvestite who bred spaniels was killed police say BY TERRENCE PETTY The Associated Press HOPKINTON RI — On a September morning in the southwestern woods of Rhode Island as the maples and oaks were changing into their autumn splendor Greg Siner noticed a stench as he walked by the septic tank of his rambling old Victorian home Siner shoved aside the heavy cement lid to see if the tank needed to be pumped "I looked in" he said "and there was a skull staring up at me" Siner rushed into the house to tell Gardner Young who bought the home with Siner a year ago Young called police Police believe the skeleton in the tank is all that remains of Camilla Lyman the previous owner of the house who disappeared a decade ago They also believe that Lyman a transvestite millionaire and breeder of champion spaniels was murdered For one thing there are easier ways to commit suicide than climbing into a septic tank What else did investigators find when they siphoned the septic tank? And who do they think killed Lyman? Concerned about compromising the investigation police aren't saying Nor will they confirm rumors that they found cinder blocks wired to the remains Lyman's disappearance didn't arouse suspicion Associated Press file photo Police say that Camilla Lyman shown in a 1987 photograph was murdered Lyman dressed as a man and reportedly took steroids persons report with the Hopkinton police George Weeden then the local police chief saw no reason to doubt O'Neil's contention that Lyman frequently went off for extended periods without telling anyone So Weeden chose not to dig up Lyman's property to look for her Lyman's brother and two sisters however were alarmed They thought their sister loved her dogs too much to leave them for months In August 1988 they hired a private investigator to look for her Six years later after the search proved futile the three siblings went to probate court to have Camilla Lyman declared legally dead — and to keep an estimated $2 million that had been set aside for her in family trust funds from falling into the wrong hands In a settlement with the Lyman family O'Neil got Camilla's Hopkinton property which was sold to Siner and Young last year but received no part of the family trust funds Hopkinton Probate Court Judge Linda Urso declared Lyman legally dead in June 1995 In her written ruling Urso said that some "disturbing facts surround her absence" and that O'Neil's testimony during the proceedings was "not wholly credible" "The circumstances surrounding Lyman's disappearance as described by Mr O'Neil are sketchy and his actions for a long period of time thereafter are unsettling" Urso wrote noting that "he continued to run Lyman's affairs as if nothing had happened" Charles John Allen the Boston private detective hired by Lyman's siblings said O'Neil told him early in his investigation that she had gone off to Europe for a sex change operation Allen had informants in Europe's transvestite scene snoop around to see if anyone fitting Lyman's description had had the operation but no trace of her was found Allen says he wanted to search Lyman's property but O'Neil wouldn't let him Allen looked into Lyman's bank accounts to find out what was happening to interest income from her trust funds that was still being paid out after she disappeared "It was sort of troubling" Allen said "There were fairly large amounts of money that couldn't be traced" Allen would not go into details but said he has given his file on the matter to police Contacted by telephone O'Neil declined to talk with The Associated Press Cranston attorney Roberta Ragosta who also helped manage Lyman's financial affairs has avoided reporters as well The Lyman case has been a frustrating one for Allen whose firm boasts that it located all of the 8000 or so people it has been hired to find over the years — all but Camilla Lyman Physicist uses 'Star Trek' to relate wonders of science By MR KROPKO The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Physicist Lawrence Krauss is boldly going where scientists have rarely gone before — out of the cloistered halls of academia and into the alien world of mass media His mission: to convince people that science is fun His primary tool: Star Trek reruns "I like to convince people that science is exciting and worth talking about just like a good movie" said Krauss author of two books that have taken ideas from science fiction — particularly from the Star Trek TV series and films — and applied real scientific concepts to them Krauss' gimmick is working His first book 1995's The Physics of Star Trek sold 100000 copies in hardback He recently completed a cross-country tour promoting his latest release Beyond Star Trek: Physics from Alien Invasions to the End of Time published recently With his success the head of the physics department at Case Western Reserve University makes no apologies for tackling such weighty topics as: Would a transporter really work? And what's wrong with those explosions viewers hear when the USS Enterprise trades phaser blasts with an alien ship? "In Physics of Star Trek and hopefully with this new one I get to say 'Well look here's how close or far it is from reality' Krauss said during an interview in his office where life-size photo cutouts of the original TV show's Captain Kirk and Mr Spock guard his recliner In many cases — but not all — science and science fiction just don't mesh Case in point: The transporter on the starship Enterprise The instrument got Krauss ruminating about science fiction concepts in the first place Using a transporter a crew member can de-materialize in one place and re-materialize in another Hecht's Foley's Kaufmann's Famous-Barr 0 Meier & Frank NATIONAL NETWORK Register your preferences at FOLEY'S and you are automatically registered at 300 May Department Stores: Strawbridges Robinsons-M ay Filene's LS Ayres REGISTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A ROYAL DOULION SERVICE FOR TWO Couples that register in Royal Dou lton during the month of January will be eligible to win a service for two in Royal Doulton china Ask your bridal consultant for details Krauss believes that the device wouldn't work now or in the future because of the immense energy required to disassemble and reassemble a person atom by atom He also touchesin his first Trek book on blunders physicists can't help but notice such as objects producing sound in space There's no air in space and there "Many scientists are hesitant to make that leap into popular culture because some sense that it might be demeaning But it hasn't been for me and I think people are craving to know more about their world" Lawrence Krauss physicist fore no sound so the thunderous explosions heard in Star Trek battle scenes on television and in the movies are inaccurate But two other mainstays of the Star Trek universe — warp speed which is faster than the speed of light and time travel — are theoretically possible he contends Beyond Star Trek not only targets Trek science it considers other scenarios such as in the film Independence Day and the TV show The X-Files He discusses real science implications of traditional science fiction subjects such as time travel UFOs and aliens and clairvoyance For example the huge alien spaceship over 1 Ii42 w York in Inde- pendence Day ' - flatten the city merely duel() j pressure' involved to holg 4 against the force of gravity he says "It would be nice if science fiction on TV and other places always got it right" he said But they don't so Krauss accepts the fiction as entertain ment "It's drama after all and that's what keeps it going" Although it's fun to find the flaws in science fiction Krauss sees his role as much more than a professional nitpicker - He believes there's a void between scientists and the public particularly since the death of Carl Sagan last December Sagan won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intel- ligence and wide acclaim for his 13-part Public Broadcasting Service series Cosmos Krauss dedicated his latest book to the popular Cornell Uni- versity astronomer who brought difficult concepts to the masses and made science well almost cool "Many scientists are hesitant to make that leap into popular culture because some sense that it might be demeaning" he said "But it hasn't been for me and I think people are craving to know more about their world" Jack Munsee professor of physics and astronomy at California State University Long Beachi recently invited Krauss to be the first speaker in a science lecture series He says the physics profes sor is good at delivering the message that hard science is as amazing as the dreams of fiction writers "I think too many scientists are worried about their own discipline and not worried about communicating it to a wider audience" Munsee said The only thing Krauss fears now is that his audience will be disappointed that some of their favorite Star Trek gadgets would never work Even if you can't change the laws of physics as Enterprise engineer Scotty was fond of reminding Captain Kirk in almost every episode there's still plenty to learn about the universe "Physics constrains us sure" Krauss said "But it constrains us by marvels" - OUR REGISTRY OFFERS YOU Computerized registry from coast to coast Daily registry update go Completion program: Special bride's discount for items remaining ' on your Bridal Registry after the wedding : I - - Free wrap for gifts over 850 Toll-free number 1-800-541-0555 Touch screen computers Convenient instant Bridal Registry scanning Table Top Club Plan: 0 finance charge $100 minimum purchase up to 12 months Upon approval - Professional knowledgeable bridal consultants "Getting Started" video available for home viewing We have the best selection in china crystal silver housewares small electrics and cookware Plus bed and bath luggage frames lingerie and more I 1 ti cl b c cjb t: e II ( b E b I s b 0 0 ei h P ci bi tt ril tv nl ci di di IN jr 1 oe 1 r 1 ir! 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''' His primary tool: Star Trek Carl Sagan last December ily - :l vre:: 4 j:kt reruns Sagan won the Pulitzer Prize E ii 2161r1 - - r nill 1 Is 1r rit fli ' "I like to convince people that for general nonfiction for The i ' "--11'-'41- gl 1 t t IP rr r mm science is exciting and worth talk- "Many scientists are Dragons of Eden: Speculations ''1"Q'4' 0 a 1 I 1 1 It u 1- it il--: e s r-( t0-- N t 4 :ii Icti v - ing about just like a good make that o the Evolution of Human Intel- il : d : I ts !- r------- ! !A t n nestlant ''11:':: i - ' ' I ' -! 1 A ' ' ' ' - - I' movie" said Krauss author of to ligence and wide acclaim for his ( t 4 4 i : ' I ' t : ' - '' i two books that have taken ideas leap into popular culture 13-part Public Broadcasting ger- b 1 0 : ' it '0 ' ''i : i ' '' ''''' : — 4' t I' “ i from science fiction — particular- because some sense that vice series Cosmos 1 F 'i i Th' i - '!' 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' :1 1 ' and films — and applied real sci- it might be demeaning book to the popular Cornell Uni m 1 entific concepts to them But it hasn't been for versity astronomer who brought -: : !: ' : i e ' - u Krauss' gimmick is working - 14gai ' ' -- - -- His first book 1995s The me and I think people difficult concepts to the masses s and made science well almost - th0- - - es: ' i ) -: ': -: - Physics of Star Trek sold 100000 are craving to know copies in hardback He recently cool I 1 i - more about their world" "Many scientists are hesitant to A107&-ilmr'' -: :' - : completed a cross-country tour promoting his latest release Lawrence Krauss make that leap into popular cul- ' 4 physicist ture because some sense that it - Beyond Star Trek: Physics from The Asso tied Press Alien Invasions to the End of might be demeaning" he said A human skeleton was found in September in the septic tank at the former Rhode Island home of heiress Time published recently But it hasn't been for me and I Camilla Lyman who disappeared a decade ago With his success the head of fore no sound so the thunderous think people are cravin" g to know more about their world the physics department at Case explosions heard in Star Trek bat-Jack Munsee professor of Western Reserve University tie scenes on television and in the Transvestite who makes no apologies for tackling movies are inaccurate physics and astronomy at Califor- nia State University Long Beachi b such weighty topics as: Would a But two other mainstays of the ry- - - ' k t recently invited Krauss to be the' 0 bred spaniels was 1 P 10' 0 Ks t transporter really work? And what's wrong with those explo- Star Trek universe — warp speed f which is faster than the speed of irst speaker in a science lecture ti 14 series He says the physics profes 0 sions viewers hear when the light and time travel — are theo- : s killed police say -2 US& Enterprise trades phaser blasts with an alien ship? retically possible he contends sor is good at deliverinis g the mes- sage that hard science as amai- ei j - - Beyond Star Trek not only tar- ing as the dreams of fiction writers h ft:steliiikN ' vo "In Physics of Star Trek and A gets Trek science i N t considers oth- "I think too many scientists are 1) BY TERRENCE PETTY s ' '''' hopefully with this new one I get er scenarios such as in the film worried about their own discipli Th ne CI e Associated Press s to say 'Well look here's how - HOPKINTON RI — On a September morn- 1------- 1 close or far it is from reality' " Independence Day and the TV and not worried about communi- show The X-Files He discusses eating it to a wider audience" c ing in the southwestern woods of Rhode Island I i 0 ' - Krauss said during an interview in A - real science implications of tradi- bi as the maples and oaks were changing into their ie1-:!---7'1 : f his office where life-size photo - Munsee said The only thing Krauss fears he walked by the septic tank of his rambling old tl autumn splendor Greg Siner noticed a stench as ': -'''q - : '' ' cutouts of the original TV show's !- 24' '' ' ' 41- : Captain Kirk and Mr Spock tio nal science fiction subjects such as time travel UFOs and now is that his audience will be - aliens ril Victorian home guard his recliner and clairvoyance disappointed that some of their -: 1' -- ' or example the huge alien l'Y Siner shoved aside the heavy cement lid to see -'4Y1''4"- '' -'''''' ' ' '1°4 - In many cases — but not all — favorite Star Trek gadgets would i I- -I 0 F - spaceship over I w or in ne- 111 if the tank needed to be pumped - 1 - :' - A h York Id - 4 science and science fiction just never work kJ ''' ' ' ' ' :CA- pendence Day '' - flatten the ci "I looked in" he said and there was a skull ' --- -: 0- -- don't mesh Even if you can't change the - t AN 1 tI cirv merely dueAto 1 pressure laws of physics as Enterprise di staring up at me " - ' - ':' - t A e 4 Case in point: The transporter I involved to holg etp against the di Siner rushed into the house to tell Gardner - ' :::'''-- - '''-' - on the starship Enterprise The engineer Scotty was fond of force of gravity he says Young who bought the home with Siner a year ' "- - ' ' - -' ' 'nt: V-''' ' :" ' instrument got Krauss ruminating reminding Captain Kirk in almost ago Young called police t --: - - A' about science fiction concepts in "It would be nice if science fic- every episode there's still plenty tion on TV and other places - Police believe the skeleton in the tank is all ' - : At the first place to learn about the universe V" 1' :A : "1 that remains of Camilla Lyman the previous - ' ' ' ' - -''' ':' : '-- Using a transporter a crew always got it right" he said "Physics constrains us sure" owner of the house who disappeared a decade : ' i '' e''' ' : ' ' ' member can de-materialize in one But they don't so Krauss Krauss said "But it constrains us " t 7 : ago They also believe that Lyman a transvestite place and re-materialize in another accepts the fiction as entertain- by marvels" : millionaire and breeder of champion spaniels Associated Press file photo was murdered For one thing there are easier Police say that Camilla Lyman shown in a 1987 ways to commit suicide than climbing into a sep- photograph was murdered Lyman dressed as a tic tank man and reportedly took steroids What else did investigators find when they s siphoned the septic tank? And who do they think persons report with the Hopkinton police ' ' t I ' killed Lyman? George Weeden then the local police chief r:-y—c Concerned about compromising the investiga- saw no reason to doubt O'Neil's contention that 1377471 -1 ' tion police aren't saying Nor will they confirm Lyman frequently went off for extended periods cegigZ 1 it 4 J rumors that they found cinder blocks wired to the without telling anyone So Weeden chose not to -----4 F remains dig up Lyman's property to look for her kil csCrtrretyi 1— T "T"- A lr tZ Aig R I VAL Lyman's disappearance didn't arouse suspicion Lyman's brother and two sisters however at first In fact there was no official search of were alarmed They thought their sister loved her - Lyman's 40 acres until John Scuncio a retired dogs too much to leave them for months In REGIsTRy : state police detective took over as Hopkinton August 1988 they hired a private investigator to police chief a year ago and reopened the long- look for her dormant case At the same moment that Siner Six years later after the search proved futile NATIONAL NETWORK I found the skull in the tank Scuncio was on anoth- the three siblings went to probate court to have Register your preferences at FOLEY'S ' ' k:' : er part of the 40-acre estate searching for a body Camilla Lyman declared legally dead — and to 4 and you are Stores: De partment automatically registered at ' ''s: i :- Lyman 54 when she disappeared was the keep an estimated $2 million that had been set 300 Ma y e ' daughter of Arthur T Lyman an affluent Boston- aside for her in family trust funds from falling -' ' 11 - - "or A ian with more than 30 years of public service in into the wrong hands Hecht's Strawbridges ( II ' rl 'I with the Famous-Barr LS Ayres Massachusetts including stints as commissioner In a settlement wie Lyman family O'Neil Foley's Robinsons-May : '' - of corrections and commissioner of conservation got Camilla's Hopkinton property which was kaufmanns Filene s According to friends and relatives Lyman's sold to Siner and Young last year but received no father doted on her and she deeply felt his loss part of the family trust funds Meier & Frank 0-) 1 !:-' after he died of lung cancer in 1968 Sometime Hopkinton Probate Court Judge Linda Urso OUR REGISTRY OFFERS YOU ' ' it ' after that Lyman's transformation into a man declared Lyman legally dead in June 1995 In her : oh'4' '' i e it I apparently began written ruling Urso said that some "disturbing Computeri zed registry from coast to coast ': ' ' -S"'- Stet gi' ti"1 ' The Brahmin heiress attended national dog facts surround her absence" and that O'Neil's tes- Daily registry update 4 f 40:16: 1' ley Completion program: - 4 01? 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