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METRO Stock Market Continues Slide See Page 12, Section D 15c 6-Day Home Delivery 90c COOL Partly Cloudy High 35-40 Low 20-25 Mu and Details on Pag 190 ON GUARD FOR 145 YEARS 1977, Detroit Free Press, Inc. Vol. 146 No. 324 Thursday, March 24, 1977 Strange Pattern Links Deaths i jim u, ii f Action Line solves problems, gets answers, cuts red tape, stands up for your rights. Write Action Line, Box 881, Detroit, Mich. 48231. Of dial 222-6464 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. I recently moved from Oxford out East. For quite some time I've had my Social Security checks deposited into my account at Oxford Savings Bank, and have had no problems until now. My March check has yet to be forwarded to me, even after calling and writing the bank. I wouldn't bother you for help, except this check is my only income. I'm down to my last few dollars. Can you get my money delivered? L.L., Brockton, Mass. Help's on way in form of special delivery cashier's check. It was penned and mailed Wednesday after Action Line's involvement got attempt to settle matter filed into urgent category. Vice-president of Oxford Savings Bank claimed your first letter was responded to with mailing of check which never got to you. Turns out post office box number you gave bank belonged to a friend, and because postman didn't recognize your name, returned check. Bank followed up with call to postal officials and unraveled mystery that two names were on mail box. VP said bank was taking chance mailing second check for around $200, because undelivered original hasn't been returned. I V t COULDN'T BE P 1 Mac EtmiSE" CFfaCWLfW. BY JANE BRIGGS-BUNTING Fret Press Staff Writer The twisted killer who police believe has murdered four Oakland County youngsters is drawn io children between 10 and 12, sexually assaults the boys but not tL:e girls, and leaves his carefully cleaned victims laid out in funeral postures, generally along quiet roads. His strange mind may be triggered to kidnap a child by a snowfall, and he has the ability to keep kidnapped children hidden away for up to 19 days before murdering them. He prefers to kill the children by suffocating them, although he broke that pattern in one of the four cases by shooting his victim in the head with a shotgun. This act contrasts oddly with his aparent desire to leave hi? victims bearing few or no marks of violence. ALTHOUGH SEVEN CHILDREN have been abducted and murdered in Oakland County during the past 11 months, police believe only four were victims of the same kidnapper-killer or killers. New fear grips the suburbs. Bock Page. My husband worked last summer as a park ranger for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Recently he was told that due to new grooming standards he wouldn't be rehired this year unless he shaves his beard, which he always keeps neat and trim. Isn't this a violation of his civil rights? P.G., Detroit. Michigan Civil Rights Commission says no. As a result, even Smokey the Bear would have tough time getting job with Michigan DNR this summer. M C R C spokesperson pointed to U.S. Supreme Court decision involving New York City policeman that said potential government employes are discriminated against only if hiring practices are based on immutable characteristics those that an individual can't change. Spokesman for DNR Parks Division Glen Kraai told Action Line new guidelines reflect standards used by other enforcement agencies across the state. Policy of hair above collar, no beards and mustaches "trimmed above meeting of lips," came about because park patrons complained about appearance of employes last year according to Kraai. Kraai said he thought new regulations would help improve rangers hired, although he admitted he knew of no case where problems came up with ranger not being able to do job because of facial hair. Asked what special restrictions applied to women hired by DNR, Kraai said they must have "neat appearance." Apparently men with beards aren't considered neat. Last December, while I was parked at a Total gas station in Clinton Township, a car came speeding through the pump area and kicked up a stone that broke one of my windows. The police were called, but they wouldn't do anything because the incident happened on private property. The driver of the other car was a Total employe, so I subsequently filed two damage estimates to the firm since they said it would be taken care of. That was in January and I haven't heard a word since. I had to get the window fixed, but my sister paid for it. Can you help me get reimbursed so I can pay her back? C.A., Fraser. Consider problem totally solved. Leonard Total Inc. headquarters in Alma confirmed $72.66 settlement decision same law Action i in miterl Total ren disnuted circumstances surrounding incident, claiming that accident occurred as result of car slipping on ice, not nign-speea curving, nuwevei, mauci was turned over to Total's insurance company and rep said it was up to insurer to make contact with you. Total rep called insurer and found firm failed to do any follow-up, then quickly passed on word of settlement. Check is scheduled to arrive next week after going through final processing channels. I bought a 1973 Chevy at Applegate Chevrolet in Flint about 13 months ago, and still don't have a title for it. I paid for the car in cash. The only person I've dealt with is the salesman I bought it from, and he's been of no help. Can you? L.S., Flint. I flnlr for rar titlp in mail npvf wppk. Artion Line Call tO l'l WM III I1MII llHV 1' win - - w Annlnoate fhpvmlpt hrniioht anranrp from Owner he'd help trraihlpshnnf nrnhtam. Oniric rhprk nf firm's sales files showed you hadn't purchased car from dealership, but the name of the salesman who made transaction led dealer to heart of hmiaht was nprsnnal ra rof "ex-Salesman" who still hadn't paid balance off with GMAC. As favor to Ac- Hon Line, owner contacted ex-empioye ana gor, mm io puy yu oaiance, ana promisea io iouow tnrougn uniu yuu nave uuc m hand. THE QUESTION Rep. Michael Bennane, D-Detroil, has proposed that the state install 10 toll-free telephone lines to Lansing, at a cost of about $35,000, so residents can place free calls to their elected officials in the state capital. Do you favor the proposal? HOW YOU VOTED NO, 67.6 percent. COMMENTS: "I think a letter can say it better and for less" . . . "With our luck the phones will probably be bugged" . . . "Lobbyists would keep the phone tied up 24 hours a day" . . . "I'd rather call Dial-a-Smile" . , . "If it's that important, people can pay for their own calls." YES. 32.4 percent. COMMENTS: "For a change, money spent by elected officials would be spent well" . . . "My representative never answers my letters" ... "I think the idea is one that's long overdue" . . . "I'd like to think that it would' result in high quality legislation" . . . "I'd love to go one-on-one with my representative." , " , ' TOMORROW'S QUESTION Transportation Secretary Brock Adams has hinted that he will require air bags in all new cars starting in 1980, citing findings that such a program could save 9,000 lives yearly in highway crashes. Do favor mandatory air bags? To vote YES ' To vote NO Call 961-3211 Call 961-4422 Those children were: Timothy King, 11, of Birmingham, last seen at a drugstore parking lot three blocks from his home March 16. His body was found in a ditch in Livonia late Tuesday night. Kristine Mihelich, 10, last seen Jan. 2 at a party store where she went to buy a magazine near her Berkley home. Her body was found lying in the snow on Bruce Lane in Franklin Village Jan. 21. Jill Robinson, 12, who ran away from home after an argument with her mother last Dec. 22, and was last seen that evening near a hobby store near her home in Royal Oak. She was found laid out in the snow near Big Beaver Road off 1-75 in Troy Dec. 26. Mark Stebbins, 12, who disappeared Feb. 2, 1976, after leaving an American Legion hall at Nine Mile in his hometown of Ferndale to go home to watch TV. His body was found 17 days later i'n a parking lot at Ten Mile and Greenfield in S.outhfield. Police believe the three other children who died in the 14-month period beginning Jan. 16, 1976, were the victims of other killers. The children, in the apparently related Please turn to Page 10A, Col. 1 V II BODY OF JILL ROBINSON, 12, Br KING FOUND HERE, BODY OF J LAST ur DEC. 26, 1976 CYNTHIA CADIEUX. 16, sffm , I FOUND HERE, pT N JAN. 16, 1976 k 15 MILE 1 Vi X T-1 A (T SHEILA SROCK 14, J 14 MILE T I MURDERED HERE, "1 1 1 ' 1 V-JAN, 19, 1976 z 13 MILE 9 o X ir m. r i ty Yl 1.75 o sj BODY OF ft-YL 1-696 X KRISTINE MIHELICH yj Zt vmc 1 -- FOUND HERE, -&-J.- JU C s JAN. 21, 1977 ipiR0BINS0N "- J BSHfJIX LAST SEEN ClWiWaa? 39 I Nffi"f Vtebbins , 1 !JV g FEB. 19, 1976 aST SEEN ' Map by Free Press Art Director DICK MAYER All four Oakland County children who police believe were victims of the same killer were last seen within a mile of Woodward Avenue. Slay mothered Timiny Just Before Dumping Body r 1 1 u Vv;; ;m I , CIV: ' ! ir i 'vi-m r' ... J .s.4 V . J'.JS.... -.-& i-MVl-feffiMarr- Police Hun t Killer of 4 BY JANE BRIGGS-BUNTING, PETER CAVRILOVICH AND JACK KRESNAK Fret Preis Staff Writer Mrs. Marian King, fighting back tears, identified Wednesday her 11-year-old son, Timothy, -whose fully clothed body was found, still warm, in a shallow ditch on Gill Road near Eight Mile in Livonia Tuesday night, six days after he vanished. An autopsy showed the sixth grader had been smothered between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, only a few hours before the body was found around 11 p.m. Medical examiners said the boy had been sexually abused and there were marks that showed his hands and feet had been bound by his abductor. Free Press Photo by BOB SCOTT Mrs. Marian King leaves the Wayne County Morgue Wednesday after identifying her 11-year-old son, Timothy. Carter to Stall on Seafarer Till He Gets Pentagon Word BY TOM HENNESSY Free Press Staff Writer President Carter 'will take no immediate action on Project Seafarer's proposed construction in Michigan, the White House said Wednesday. "We won't get involved in this at all until the secretary of defense has made his recommendations," said ,Pat Bario of Carter's staff. "At that time, the president will decide what to do." The statement appeared to represent a departure from Carter's presidential campaign pledge of Oct 25, when he said, "If I am elected, Project Seafarer will not be built in the Upper Peninsula against the wishes of the citizens," ' Ms. Bario added, "Secretary (of Defense Harold) Brown will consider the feelings of the people of Michigan in making his recommendation." The White House statement came five days after Gov. Milliken vetoed the Navy's plan to build the submarine communications system in the central UP. The Seafarer system would consist of a massive under ground cable, plus scattered transmitters. It would cover an estimated 4,700 square miles. Seafarer opponents, includ-i n g Milliken, have charged that the system might pose a threat to animal, plant and human health. Along with other .developments, the statement from the Carter aide increases the probability that the Seafarer issue is not dead despite Milli-kens' veto. HAROLD BROWN: The next move is his. THE CLEANLINESS OF THE BOY'S body and clothing and the length of his captivity before he was murdered along with other similarities led police to theorize that Timothy was killed by the same man who kidnapped and murdered three other south Oakland children. "We really feel we are looking for one man" in the four murders, said State Police Lt. Robert Robertson. "We should be successful." T " " Since early 1976, four other children have been killed in the mostly affluent areas of southern Oakland County. Another youngster, like Timothy, was abducted locally and killed elsewhere and one more was brought into the area and then killed.. All the cases remain unsolved. Five of the seven children were girls. Timothy's body was discovered by two young men who were driving on Gill Road south of Eight Mile. The scene is about 16 miles from where the boy vanished at 8:30 p.m. March 16 after leaving his Birmingham home to buy a candy bar at a nearby pharmacy. Timothy had left the pharmacy by the rear door and was last believed seen talking to a man in a parking lot behind the store. The two young men who spotted the boy's body Tuesday night had slowed their car to avoid hitting a cat. Their headlights flashed on Tim's red hockey-type jacket. They stopped their car and saw the body about 360 feet south of Eight Mile. The youths, who were not identified, went immediately to the nearby home of Les Davis, 59, a retired Chrysler Corp. tool and die worker, to report the find. Davis said he got a flash lieht and a shotgun and ac companied the two youths back to the scene. He said Timothy's body was lying on its left side. The Please turn to Page 10A, Col. 1 UPON HEARING of the White House statement, Milli-k e n's top aide, George C. Weeks, said, "The governor is proceeding on the assumption Please turn to Page 10A, Col. 1 BIRMINGHAM Police Chief Jerry Tobin: "This person (the killer) is trusted individual." Labor Dealt Blow As House Defeats Bill on Picketing New York News, UPI end AP ? WASHINGTON The House dealt a major defeat to organized labor Wednesday night, killing legislation to permit, labor unions to shut down entire construction rites in disputes ( with only one employer. The surprise vote was 2i7 to 205. ; 1 The measure had been expected to pass both the House and ; Senate and be tigned into law by President Carter. But it is;! probably dead after the House's rejection. Voted down after an eight-hour debate, it was virtually the same legislation passed by both Houses' of Congress two years ago but vetoed by President Ford. V- I The outcome was a stunning setback for organized labor, which viewed the bill as the first test of its muscle in the 95th , Congress. Employers opposed to common situs picketing, as ; the practice is commonly called, lobbied heavily against the measure and were overjoyed by their victory. The defeated measure was considered by House Democratic leaders as a compro-1 mise designed to lure Republi-' can votes. It was considerably weaker than the bill organized labor had hoped to obtain this ; Please turn to Page 4A, Col. 4 (Mg5 Ann Landers 3C ' Business News 12-I6D -Camera 2-3B Classified , I1-2IIC Comics 17-lilD Death Notices 12C Editorials 8A Entertainment 16-I8B Movie Guide 18-190 Obituaries IIB Sports 1-1 ID Stock Markets 14-16D Television 13B Women's Pages 1-I0C Court Won't Gut Miranda Rule From AP end Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON An unusually emotional Supreme Court split sharply Wednesday as it rejected pleas by Iowa officials tp overrule the 1963 Miranda decision which established stringent constitutional safeguards for accused criminals. In a controversial 5-4 decision, the court overturned the murder conviction of an Iowa man who had led police to the body of a young girl and told them he had strangled her. Justice Potter Stewart concluded in the majority opinion that the defendant, Robert Anthony Williams, never intentionally waived his rights to counsel when he agreed to show a police detective where he had buried the body of 10-year-old Pamela Powers. The child had been sexually molested and strangled. The high court's decision would block the use at a new trial of Williams' 1968 confession which was made while he was being driven by police from Davenport to Des Moines, Iowa. The court emphasized that before making his confession, "Williams had effectively asserted his rights to counsel by having secured attorneys at both ends of the automobile trip, both of whom . . . had made clear to the police that no interrogation was to take place." During the trip to Des Moines, the police detective, who realized that Williams was deeply religious and a mental hospital escapee, elicited the confession by asking him to help locate the body so the child could have a Christian burial. THE MAJORITY decision provoked a stinging dissent from Chief Justice Warren Burger who complained that Please turn to Page ISA, Col. 1 U.S., Viets i To Talk of; New Ties 1 v From UPI and AP i WASHINGTON - President Carter announced Wednesday that the United States and Vietnam will open negotiations in Paris "without delay" to; establish normal diplomatic; relations. - i He said Hanoi suggested the parley, with no conditions for: bargaining, as a follow-up to last week's negotiations with the visiting presidential conn mission on Americans missf ing in action. CARTER praised the "good faith" Hanoi showed in dctit ing with that delegation and announced he is now ready to start exploring possibilities for normal relations with the communist regime that battled Please turn to Page 18A, Col. 4

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