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BUSINESS/ FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS FACE UNIQUE CHALLENGES.
THE JEWISH NEWS
16 TAMMUZ 5755/JULY 14, 1995
Horror Beyond Belief,
Anguish Beyond Words
Did a local woman murder her daughter, or are
police unfairly targeting someone who already has
suffered too much?
In exclusive interviews before her arrest last week,
Linda Jean Solomon tells her story.
the brunt of
quilt is not
unique to Jews.
ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Show Biz Casts A Shadow
Southfield neighbors dread new multiplex.
JULIE EDGAR STAFF WRITER
inda was born in Detroit and lived
what she and those who know her
well describe as a terribly difficult
childhood. Both parents worked, and
the children were expected to do just about
everything around the house. This was
especially true of Linda, the eldest.
Linda said she doesn't remember her
parents once saying, "I love you," and her
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1 Gendel loves the movies, but mount a legal challenge to the $35 million
that's beside the point.
project — a distinct possibility according
He and other Southfield res- to Ms. Smith — it may be a foregone con-
idents living along 12 Mile Road clusion.
have been fuming over the im-
Opposition could also come from the
minent construction of a glitzy 20-screen Franklin Foundation, a coalition of envi-
cineplex on 12 Mile, just west of Telegraph ronmentalists that, by virtue of a 10-year-
old consent judgment, has a say in how
Mr. Gendel, 76, believes the newest jew- the property will be used.
el in the Loeks-Star Theatres
chain, to be constructed on prop-
erty owned by the Galleria office
complex, will intensify the already
nightmarish traffic outside
Wellington Place Manors, where
he and his wife, Frieda, have lived
for 23 years.
So does Isabel Smith, a 20-year
resident of Wellington Place
whose apartment faces a steady
stream of cars and trucks on 12
She has organized protest
marches against the "mega com-
plex," claiming it will aggravate Frieda and Al Gendel at the site of the theater driveway.
the traffic congestion and road
noise. Already, the Knights of Columbus
The Franklin Village Council, to which
Hall next door is about to enlarge its ban- the foundation transferred authority, was
quet facilities, Ms. Smith pointed out.
to take up the issue of traffic and crime
But unless residents of Wellington and concerns at Monday's meeting, but took
surrounding apartment and condo com- it off the agenda at the foundation's
plexes gain the financial momentum to SHOW BIZ page 8
PHOTO BY JEFF KOWAL SKY
- ' he last dress Chelsea Solomon
ever wore was from Montgomery
Ward. It was green, red and gold,
very feminine and fancy, the
kind of outfit a little girl might
wear to a party.
I The dress came with an attached belt,
but much of that is gone now. It had been
cut off at both ends and made into one
Something was needed to cover the scar
2 on Chelsea's neck when family came to
see her body before the funeral.
Six-year-old Chelsea Joy Solomon of
Canton died Jan. 29 of asphyxia by hang-
Her mother, 47-year-old
Linda Solomon, has main- 35th
tained from the start that the
death was an accident. She
said Chelsea caught her neck
in a piece of plastic strapping attached to
the top of Chelsea's bunk bed.
Linda's 22-year-old son, Jordan, stands
\-, Their relationship was "frustrating at
/ times," he said. But "it didn't get to the
point where this (murder) would have
happened — no way. I'm not going to be-
lieve my mother killed my sister."
But after an extensive investigation,
Canton police last week charged Linda
Solomon with first-degree premeditated
murder and a second charge of homicide
felony murder-child abuse.
The pretrial hearing is set for next
month. Meanwhile, Judge Ronald Lowe
35th District Court in Plymouth has
ordered a competency evaluation of Ms.
Solomon, who is being held without bond.
In court, Ms. Solomon appeared pale
and weary. Dressed in black, she stood
beside her court-appointed attorney,
Gregory Demopoulous, denying prose-
cution charges that she is a risk for sui-
cide and that her mental state is
> Handcuffed, she later exited the court-
room, admonishing reporters to "be back
when I'm exonerated." Then she draped
her long hair across her face and was gone.