The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 18, 1953 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 18, 1953
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1053 BLYTHEVIU,E (ABK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THREB Chemist Confesses To Killing Parents 20-Year-Old Claims His Mother Accused Him of Abnormality NEW YORK (AP) — A 20-year-old chemist has con fessed the cyanide coctkail murders of his well-to-do parents and Says he killed them because his mother had accused hirr of sexual abnormality for as long as he can remember. But a male friend says he and she saw him reading the book or the lazy, luxury-loving son hatched the weird tonst-of-death plot to get their hands on $150,000. Bronx Dist. Atty. George B. De Luca announced last night that r Harlow Fraden, poetry-loving college graduate, admitted he had treated his parents to champagne cocktails spiked with potassium cyanide. Praden allegedly hurried the job with more poison during the death agony of his parents—Dr. William Praden, 50, a physician, and his wife Shirley, 46, a schoolteacher. Fraden's mother had chided him as abnormal, even "before he knew anything about sex," De Luca said in announcing the son had con- ! fessed after many hours of questioning. "This he strongly resented," the prosecutor said. "Fraden further stated that he did not kill his parents for personal gain, because his parents gave him all the money he wanted." Confronted With Confession Fraden said he bore no animosity toward his father. Fraden had been confronted with the confession of his friend. Dennis Wepman, 20, an unemployed freelance writer, -who had related that he and Fraden plotted the crime for money. De Luca said Fraden finally confessed he murdered his parents in the manner that Wepman had described : He told them he finally ^ had a job, and gave them poisoned * champagne cocktails to join him in ft toast to the end of his loafing. The deaths of the parents had been listed tentatively for four months as a double suicide or murder and suicide until the case cracked open Wednesday through a pretty girl friend of Wepman. He confided to her that he was involved in the plot, and she reported to police. The Bronx County grand jury will be asked today to vote indictments against Fraden and Wep- man, both charged with homicide and locked up in the psychiatric division of Bellevue Hospital. Bronx authorities said both Fraden and Wepman denied being homosexual. Deny Homosexuality As Fraden buried his nose in a book ol poetry he carried during the police routine, Asst. Dist. Atty. George Tiizer said: "That book is his whole life. He s; :d it was one of the things his mother resented . . . 'Get out of the apartment and act like a boy,' he said she would tell him when other books of poetry." Fraden, an only son, collected an estimated $150,000—including a $20,000 insurance policy—after his parents' death and quickly squandered about $50,000 of it. He had a $200-a-month room at the fash, ionable St. Moritz Hotel. Wepman—who said that Fraden's parental allowance had been cui and that the roommates .were low In funds before the murders—told questioners: "I went along with the (murder idea. I expected to get my commensurate share of the inheritance but I only got $120 }n small amounts." Rain Checks for Baptism CHARLESTON, S. C. W) An other Texas drought story poppec up at the South Carolina Baptis Convention. "The recent drought was so bad,' a Texas minister reported, "tha even baptisms were affected." "Before the drought ended," h< declared, "Baptists were sprink ling, Methodists were using a dam; wash cloth, and Presbyterians were giving rain checks." 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