The Cincinnati Post from Cincinnati, Ohio on March 31, 1975 · 1
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iv “Ghre Ugh! and die people will find tbdr own way Cincinnati's Largest Daily Newspaper Monday evening March 31 1975 The weather There is chance of rain cr mow tonight with cloudy skies The temperature will be near SO tomorrow In Ohio STATE JOE PROBE-State highway patrol investigators win be lead-off witnesses tomorrow when the Franklin County grand jury begins a probe into the hiring of campaign workers during the final days of the Gilligan Administration The patrolmen investigated allegations that some of those hired failed to work in the departments that employed them or never reported hr work but paid (Page 8) 43SJ0Q OHIOANS JOBLESS-An ed 435000 Ohioans— 92 per cent of die labor farce were jobless in March the highest per-centage in 14 years the Bureau or Employment Services repotted today The jobless rate is about the same as the national avenge with over-all claimants in Ohio seeking ploymert ' compensation numbering more than 300000 Unemployment paid under Ohio unemployment compensation law alone win total about S200 million for the first three months of 1975 In Kentucky HEADQUARTERS HUNTING-Owners of Sambo restaurants California spent over a year over S2SgOOO and took airplane and helicopter rides over northern Kentucky before deciding to make Florence Its quarters and site for a me In Hamilton County POLLUTION TEST STALL-Hamilton County commissioners voted today to delay the start of vehicle emissions testing in the county from tomorrow to June 1 CHIEF INDICTED-James R Tygrett Symmes Township chief of police was indicted today by the Hamilton County Grand Jury on a charge of tampering with state computer records The charge stems bum the removal of Tygrett’s traffic record from the computer bank of the regional computer center here Abroad i' HERO’S KIN KHXED— The wife and daughter of Sir Edmund Hillary the first to conquer Ml Everest and three other sons were killed today in the crash of a single engine plane shortly after takeoff from Katmandu airport in Katmanchi Nepal Sir Edmund a New Zealander who climbed the world’s tallest peak in 1953 flew directly to the scene and inspected die bodies of his wife Lady Louise and his daughter Belinda He has been living in Phaphlu 100 miles northeast of Katmandu at the foot of ML Everest where he is directing construction of a hospital for local people The economy TAX REBATE COMING-The IRS promises fast action in getting your tax rebate to you now that President Ford has signed the bill (Page 6) ARMY CAPTAINS FACE DISMISSAL-The Army is dismissing 2150 captains— one in every 14— because Congress has ordered it to cut its officer corps Those who entered the service between 1967 and 1970 will be hit hardest because that is the group most swollen by the Vietnam buildup Such firings are not uncommon in postwar periods In the past however the Army dimi-ad reserve officers and kept Army regulars on duty People Sen Birch Bayh D-Ind said today that he is “seriously thinking about” running for the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination He said that he is being encouraged to get in the race by a “surprising number” of Democrats who feel that none of the announced candidates is a strong contender Inside today Chuckle for today Modern boy to teacher before an exam: “Where can I plug in my elec- auualll Si Viet troops SAIGON (UPI): South Vietnamese marines terrorised a U5 ship leaving Da Nang today forcing the American crewmen to barricade themselves in a cabin while the marines killed raped and robbed many civilian refugees on board The marines also fired at the helicopter of David Kenneriy Ford’s personal photographer he tried totake pictures of a Vietnamese navy ship also cot deeredby the rebellious troops THE EVACUATION of Da Nang itself ended today when the Viet Cong began firing from the benches at U-S tugs and barges ferrying refugees to the Pioneer Contender a sister ship the Pioneer Commander and another VS charter vessel the Trane Colorado The Communists warned that no planes or ships could enter the area without their permission There were increasing reports of disorder among South Vietnamese troops in the panicky evacuation of Da Nang About one-third of the 8000 persons aboard the Pioneer Contender when it arrived at Cam Ranh Bay 185 miles north of Saigon early today were marines and South Vietnamese aol-diere who forced their way aboard the vessel in Da Nang Harbor despite American protests tost the evacuation ships were for civilians only CIVILIANS SAID THAT the marines-oncr among the elite of South Vietnamese armed forces beet stole money raped some One witness said that marines robbed one man of 54500 then threw Urn overboard Another said that a priest was beaten by marines when he tried to intervene 1 Military police at Cam Ranh eeal-ed off the port and tried to quell the but the rebellious troops Moss slaying baffles police BY BILL FURLOW and DICK PERRY - HAMILTON: The slaying of 11 members of a family at an Easter gathering Sunday night left polke today with two major questions: What prompted the barrage of shootings? Why was no one able to escape— none of the victims ware tied up - JAMES U RUPPERT 40 a draftsman was charged early today with 11 counts of aggravated murder in connection with the deaths of Ids mother brother sister-inlaw and right nieces and nephews -' Ruppert is charged with the i of his mother Mrs Charity 65 of 635 Minor Avenue in the I wild section of Hamilton and other victims: His brother Leonard Ruppert and Leonard’s wife Alma of 495 Walter Avenue Fairfield and their children: Leonard Jr U a sophomore at Badin High School Fairfield Michael Ruppert 16 also a sopho-more at r adin High SchooL Car J Ruppert 14 an eighth-is r at Sacred Heart School Fair- Thomas Ruppert 12 also an eighth-grader at Sacred Heart 1 Ann Delores Ruppert 1L a seventh grade student at Sacred heart David Ruppert 8 a fifth-grader at Sacred Heart Theresa Ruppert 7 a fourth-' grader at Sacred Heart John Ruppert 3 youngest of the children r James Ruppert who gave Us ad-as 635 Minor Avenue was arraigned before Judge John Moser in -Hamilton Municipal Court today and was ordered held under S2DOJOOO bond RUPPERTS ATTORNEY Joseph Bresler asked that hit client be examined by two psychiatrists or two psychologists before the preliminary hearing Friday There was no explanation for the man slaying according to Assistant Hamilton Police Chief Gerald RosL “We have no idea whatsoever what caused the killings” Rost said ”1 wish we did” ' Ruppert on the advice of his attorneys refused to say anything Police were puzzled as to why none of the 11 victims tried to escape the bouse “IT DOESNT RING true” Rost said “You’d think somebody would have attempted to make s break” “There is a possibility the victims cue i the house" Hamilton prosecutor said “It is a Holcomb said James Ruppert called police from toe house about 9:30 Bank shot t ' LW of Cincinnati played her shots right frying to sell her regulation pool table She used The Poet want ads and found a buyer in one short day You’ll be a lucky shooter too when you use The Post Just call 721-111L imiujri to break out of the cordon and began commandeering vehicles to make their way into Nha Trang about - JO miles to the north If driven of the vehicles refused the marines blew out the tiree with gwfire Kameriy said that he Sew over the Pioneer Contender in an Air America helicopter accompanied by the UA ConsulGeneral in Nha ng MoucrieffJ Speer As Kennerig took pictures of the ship “The military people on the ship started shooting at us" Kameriy a Pulitrer Prize-winner said "THEY DIDN’T HIT us or anything but it was a bit of a shock to get shot at by the good guys” the White House photographer said Kennedy is on a fact-finding mission for Ford along with Army Chief of Staff Gen Frederick C Weyand MEANWHILE AN INTERNATIONAL fleet of more than 20 ships including UE charter vessels stood vigil off Da Nang in the South China Sea todqr in a desperate effort to rescue the hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese who remain in the fellencity Four VS Navy transports due in the area from the Philippines were under strict orders to withdraw and avoid combat with North Vietnamese forces if fired upon The Pentagon said that it wants to ertain that President Ford’s r to help South Vietnamese refu-complies with a congressional m VS combat activities in Indo- DANIEL PARKER HEAD of fee tion efforts i lery fire prevented the US vessels from reaching Da Nang's shores ' when' vast throngs of panioatricken civilians and deserting South Viet- This famOy photo of Leonard and by police from the residence of Charity Ruppert Leonard’s mother where police found the bodies of 11 members of the family last uighL pm yesterday He said the victims five in the living room and the others in the kitchen had been dead up to four hours Patrolman Robert Minor answered the can at About 9:40 pm and said he found Rippezt and the 11 bodies “It was a Moody mess” Hamilton Police Chief George McNally said “It was as if each had been given a coup da grace” another policeman said “All were shot in the head” - The police found four weapons in the boose three pistols in the living room and a rifle leaning refrigerator in the kitchen The police said they could find no one in the neighborhood of small houses all packed closely together who heard my shots yesterday afternoon or evening BUT THE neighbors several hundred of them were there at 12:52 am when the first body was carried from the two-story shingle-sided It was the body of a small child covered with a blood-stained sheeL The crowd groaned at the sight Under the glare of a afreet light in bent of the narrow house the police carried out bodies at intervals far 58 minutiM- As they did several neighbors talked about the Ruppert family The rider Mrs Ruppert Charity didn’t like her name one woman said “The kids caned her Billie It’s what Ae asked than to can her” another aid A neighbor said Charity Ruppert had lived at 635 Minor for at Inst 20 - years maybe longer THE ELDER Mrs Ruppert’s husband died when her eons were 10 and 12 a neighbor said “She said her kids never allowed to be children They were always men of the house because their father died at that early age They were very responsible” the neighbor said “Mrs Ruppert was a very nice kind person” Mrs Gary W CaUa of 649 Minor Avenue savd ‘ but she would always l Andri or atop was devoted and talk to you terrorize rescue nameae troops awaiting res- He said that the United Stales has made no request to Hanoi for safe passage of the American rescue cfafts A ceasefire idea he said was made by the Saigon government to the United Nation to appal to the North Vietnamese for sub rT under terms of the UN Code of Universal Human Rights Meanwhile with half of South Vietnam in Communist bands tin US Embassy flew 10 of its families out of Saigon to the greater safety of Bangkok but laid mat there has been no order to evacuate the embassy itself A spokesman said that “a few a very fewr’ Americans left the city and many more dependents remain hi Sai-- gon - MILITARY AND POLITICAL on President Nguyen Van to resign crew and today South Vietnam’s most powerful Buddhist leader Bonze Thich Tri Quang to demand Thieu’s resignation The Buddhist leader who helped i Diem Ngo Dinh in November 1963 led a demonstration from in Quang Pagoda under banners demanding that Thieu quit The demonstration waa broken op by South Vietnamese police : - With Da Nang in Communist hands the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong tuned their attention to the big coastal city of Qui Nbon midway between Da Nang and Nha Trans and its fall appeared immincnL Qui Nbon was described as a ghost city its population long since fled Nha Ttang also was swept by panic today amid reports that Communist troops are close Evacuation of the city is imminent and residents of the refugee-swollen city have begun looking for ways ouL Alma Rnppert of Frirfidd waa taken to her cone and her always hired the yaiawon Mrs Cana said she had talked to James Ruppert on different occasions and “he was always nice too a very quiet person” Some of the neighbors knew Leonard Ruppert children by name and knew that they attended parochial schools But they knew less about his brother James - JAMES RUPPERT gave 635 Minor Avenue as hie address when he was charged but the neighbors said - An official of Production Design Service said James Ruppert had work-ed for the firm several times on an “on-call basis”— called in to do a Police Ruppert in A truck piled to foe top with troops in South Vietnam arrives in Officers escort James Rnppert to his i specific planL job on a project outride the "He did fine work and as far as write concerned we never had a problem with him” the plant manager Rupperfs last assignment for the company was from June 1 to OcL 31 1974be said Roy Zimmers win lives across the street from the Ruppert home on Minor-Avenue said “Jimmy was a peaceful man very quiet and reserved- 7 Y “It’s in secret Jimmy had guns He used to do a lot of hunting and trap shooting He loved to riwoL” he seemed to be there only off and on James Ruppert worked at Production Design Service in Dayton Ohio me of 11 bodies found slain at late yesterday and early toJay ' i refugee fleeing advancing i Thy Hoa from Pleiku untfi he waslaid off hetold police — A police official said Ruppert has denied the charges It was Ruppert who first telephoned police the official said He called in two local lawyers Hugh Holbrook and Bresler- Ruppert was calm at police headquarters Butter County Prosecu- tor John Holcomb said 7j AS RUPPERT was placed in custody in the Hamilton City Jail authorities worked to solve the mystery -of-how the II Rupperts could have been killed without a sign of a struggle “To kill 11 people takes time” prosecutor Holcomb said - Butler County Conner Dr Garret Boone performed autopsies through the night and into the morning 7 die residence of Charity i r- ‘r r i Ik I

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