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.1 datum SI.) JoarMlGitfc Monday, January 5,1981 ittuonSl.). n T! inioy 0. n mm pmmm m mm ATLANTA (IPI) Pohte-hope an abandoned bouse where searchers found - children's shoes and clothing aserNft. axes, shovels and two Bibles nailed open to a wall, will provide clues to the slayings and disappearances of IS black children. A source dose to the investigation indicated Sunday that an arrest "would be made soon in connection with at least one of , jhe cases of missing or dead children: Volunteers who have turned out for 10 Saturdays to look for clues in the children deaths were sent during the weekend to the house in a black residential area M southwest Atlanta, callefAdamsville, after search organizers received a tip. One volunteer searcher who entered the house, converted from an old abandoned church, said the white frame building "smelled like decaying flesh." City Councilman Arthur Langford, organizer of the weekly searches, described the situation inside, as "really strange." ' ; Besides the children's shoes ' and clothing, searchers found two Bibles, both King James translations, pinned to the wall with four nails driven into the upper-center of each open page. The larger Bible was opened to the passages from Isaiah 1:14 to 3:25, the smaller to Jeremiah 15:4 to 18:4. Both sections made frequent references to children and death. John Bascom, another search leader, said vounteers also found a letter in the house. "It was i letter written from lady, I guess, to the man who 'was living there telling him he was sick and a pervert," Bascom 'said, refusing to discuss the names in the letter. David Westbrook, owner of the house, said he had rented it but did not know where the tenants had gone. He said they left behind thitopfcsessions. , All of the items found fcy . searchers were turned over to police, who planned another look at the building today with a tracker and his dogs. Don Laken said his two ' German shepherds had found the house two weeks ago but he did not go on the property because it was posted. Laken came to Atlanta two months ago to help search for clues in the" deaths of 11 black children and the' disappearances of four others. A source close to the investigation said an Atlanta television station "wasn't far off when it reported recently that an arrest in at least one of the " children's cases would be made "soon after the first of the year.". , ; The source, who asked not to be identified, said -an arresf njy be only a few daysaway The source also saki investigators suspecjjhat a cult was involved insome of the cases, citing Saturday's discovery of the abandoned house and a find on an earlier weekend search. Several weeks ago, volunteers found olive oil and a slow-burning candle "sitting on some religious material" in an area under some railroad , tracks in southwest Atlanta indicating a cult ritual may have been performed, the source said. Langford said he had also heard reports that a cult was v involved. . . "I can't rule anything out " he said. "1 don't think any of us can rule out anything until there . are some arrests." AlthoughJngford said there was no solid evidence that any -of the : four missing black children had been at the house, a search leader said neighbors reported seeing a Hack man and a black cfifdusing the house about two months ago. Katherine Whetson, who lead the search at the bouse Saturday, said it had an odor similar to what she recalled from the area where the body of 7-year-old Latony Waison was found last October, . ' "Two rooms ' smelled like decaying flesh and one had several mattresses in it," she said. J . l. , . .... --"-,-llll j n I iJ t . Li . f,f iv;ij fit h : ' , ,j - i B"; ".;.:" "r1 . sliJfe ;3v;!4 (.if, ' ; Abandoned house smelled like decaying flesh' and contained shovels, axe, hatchet and two Bibles nailed to the wall according to authorities ntation Tmnsola i m 'breakthrough' . BOSTON (UPD - Scientists performing , a transplantation breakthrough - only, a step away from cloning - used cells from mouse embryos to produce three mice genetically identical ' to their donor embrvos. a researcher says. A researcher familiar with the work of two scientists at the University in Geneva said Sunday the transplant procedure involved extracting the nucleus from a mouse embryo cell implanting it in another mouse's egg, culturing it for four days and placing it into the womb of a : third mouse to develop. . When the mice resulting from the three transplants were born, they had the same genetic makeup as the embryos from which the nuclei came. They bore ho genetic resemblance to the parent or mouse w hose egg had been used. While the procedure technically is not cloning, scientific observers said it apparently was little more than a step awav from it. The nuclei transplants are "not the same as cloning," the researcher, who requested anonymity, told UPI Sunday. "If you were going to do a clone, you would have to end up with more . than ' one individual from that one donor embryo." "In the . transplantation, one donor embryo produced one offspring," the; scientist said. The researcher said he is well acquainted with the yearlong work at the University of Geneva .by Dr. Karl II-lmensee and Dr. Peter C. Hoppe. with the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Intricate equipment untfer a microscope was used during the experiment. "A nucleus was taken from a mouse embryo" by using" a fine-pointed glass tube, the researcher aid. "It was then transplanted into 'a fertilized egg from mice another mouse. After extracting the original nuclear material in the egg. the transplanted nucleus was what was left." "The egg was inserted into another, mouse," he said, "and it developed until the female gave birjh to a mouse with none of the genetic features of the narent or the mouse whose egg had been used. "The fascinating result was an offspring with the genetic features from the embryo from which the . nucleus was taken," he said. , The three Offspring,, two'' males and a female, were the same color as the mice from which the transplanted nuclei were derived, he said. "The strain providing the egg cells had black fur,"- the researcher said. 'The females giving birth were white. The light-colored mice were the same color as the donors of the transplanted nuclei, not black or white." In order to further check the genetic heritage, tissue samples and enzymes were also scrutinized. "The results "were the same," the researcher said. "The offspring genetically resembled the embryos from which the nuclei had been taken." ' Two of the offspring went on to reproduce normally and the third died, he said, but "the cause of death was not related to the experiment." Another group of mice received embryos from while mice but no nuclear transplants, the researcher said. Their offspring were white. Previous reports that mammals - even a human being - had been successfully cloned have never been authenticated. The first successful nuclear transplants were reportedly periormeo in trogs in 1952 at tne institute ior cancer Kesearcn m Philadelphia: Mom, five children shot MAM, ILOS GAZETTE DELMAR, Iowa (UPI). -Police bringing Bonnie Gilbert news of the apparent suicide of her Husband, an out-of-work construction laborer, made a grisly discovery - the bullet-riddled bodies . of the young mother and her live children, - t Authorities, , . today . were investigating a possible link in the slayings of Mrs. Gilbert and her children, ranging in age . from 1 to 13 years old, and the apparent suicide of her husband 450 miles away. Although the family had lived in Delmar, an eastern Iowa farming community of 600, for . about a year, neighbors said they knew little about them. Friends said Mrs, Gilbert feared her husband, who did not get along with her three children from a previous mar-riageS Clinton County officials went to the Gilberts' white, two-story home in Delraar Saturday night to tell her of the death of her husband, James Gene Gilbert, inYale.S.D. Instead, they found the bodies of the 34-year-old woman and her five children upstairs. Clinton County Medical Examiner DrVflaWador Borja said each'vtetlmhsd been shot with a handgun-aHea6t once in the head. ! - . r "There didn't seem to be any struggle at all," he said. One investigator' described the shooting deaths as the bloodiest in recent Iowa history. . Gilbert, a 28-year-old unemployed construction worker, had left Delmar Friday night to visit his father in Yale, which is about 450 miles northwest of Delmar. Police said the young man died there of an apparent self-inflicted bullet wound. Detectives found a suicide note at his father's hom& Gerald Shanahan, head of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, declined to say if Gilbert had been a suspect in the murders of his family. "It's a very difficult question to answer ... It's not that anybody just walked in and did this," he said. Helen Roling, grandmother of the three olpfWMr$Sjllso was without ' answers in the slayings. t.v'vvi'CW? "We don't haveahyjba why this happened. We've talked to the rest of the family and nobody can put their finger on it," she said. "It's one of those strange things. It's tragic, very tragic." Melody Ehrler, a ' friend of Mrs. Gilbert, said the family. feared, the husband's temper. Bonnie talked, she was a scared )f him, Mrs. Ehrler said. "She was scared of whatthe migho." MrW-Ehrler's husband, Robert, said Gilbert did not get along with Mrs. Gilbert's children from "her first marriage. ' "He kept to himself. You never knew what he was thinking," he said. "It's hard to tell. Something must have had to snap in his head." Neighborhood children said th Gilberts ware loners. and the fathers riian?0r& Ifltftar-old, who attended school with one of the vlcfmis,-'aald',the three eldest children didfnof like . their stepfather. Another child said one of the Gilbert girls came to school crying one day and said her mother and father had had a big fight and that the father had threatened to kill them and take away their bicycles. Authorities identified the. children as Dawn Roling. 13, Michell Roling, 11, Jason Roling, 8, Gene Gilbert Jr., 2, and Rachel Roling, ' The island of Madagascar, with an area of 203,035 square miles, is slightly smaller than the state of Texas. PublitHwd doily not Sundays and ganral I go I holidoy by Coli Publishars, Inc., a) IOO Broadway Avnu, P 0. Bon S5. Matloon. Illinois 61938. Stcond cloii postage is paid at "Matloon. Publication USPS 143-600. 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