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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 23, 1979-Page 5

Parked car spurs racial clash

An illegally parked car in the Phi
'Delta Theta fraternity led to property
'damage and verbal confrontation bet-
-ween fraternity members and several
ibacks who were attending a party at
the Trotter House next door early Sun-
)day morning.
Due to what Ann Arbor Police called
'a lack of adequate parking space in the
4rea, John Williams and Carl White,
both 21, parked their cars in the Phi
Delta Theta driveway just after 3 a.m.
",There were guys hanging out top floor
-vindows screaming, 'no niggers! No
niggers allowed!'," White said. He said
fie told them he was going to the party
"nd would return in about five minutes.
;ACCORDING TO Phi Delta Theta
Treasurer Ray -Villeneuve, "the guy
(White) ignored pleas" from several
Phi Delta Theta members to move his
-are because it was parked in a private
According to one witness, White
returned a few minutes later and found
the right front tire of his 1971 Malibu
complete flat with smashed eggs all
tover the car. He then screamed, "Look
Wahy they did! Look what they did!"
'Many of the more than 200 persons at
te party came outside and saw what
happened to White's car. Judd Lofchie,
president of Phi Delta Theta, said he
thought the situation might get out of
4%and, at that point so one member of
the fraternity called the police.
n) SIX ANN ARBOR Police cars arrived
at the scene around 3:15 a.m. followed
y a pair of Washtenaw County
Sheriff's patrol cars acting as backup
, nits. Members of Phi Delta Theta and
persons who were at the party began
xchaning verbal threats and yelling
rgscenities at each other although no
physical violence was observed.
While Lofchie and White were
Weogitating at the top of the driveway in
the presence of Ann Arbor Police a
gasoline can was hurled at the frater-
nity hosue from the direction of the
trotter House and smashed a ground
floor window, according to witnesses.
Lofchie said persons at .the party also
B ishop
confesses to
18 murders
befWe death
'LAS VEGAS Reuter) - Jesse
Bishop, the tough-talking gunman
executed yesterday in the Nevada gas
chamber, confessed to about 18 other
Vhurders in death cell interviews with
his judge and a detective.
. The murders came to light when
Judge Paul Goldman, who sentenced
him to death, went to the state prison to
investigate Bishop's allegation of
inhumane conditions on Death Row.
Goldman said yesterday: "I found
the conditions weren't so bad, and
Bishop admitted they weren't, and then
we had a long talk.
'"IN THE COURSE of that talk he told
me he had killed several other people
and had no remorse except for the last
one, David Ballard. He said that was
tdifferent from the others . . that he
hadn't meant to kill Ballard, but had
meant to kill the others.'
The killing of Ballard, a
oneymooner who tried to stop him
from robbing a Las Vegas casino, was
he murder for which the 47-year-old
Bishop was sentenced to die.
Goldman notified the Las Vegas
>olice department, which sent
iomicide detective Chuck Lee to inter-
view Bishop.

THE INTERVIEW took place in mid-
ugust, but it was only by promising
ot to reveal its contents until after
3ishop's death that Lee was able to get
the information.
3 In a press conference yesterday, Lee
$aid Bishop claimed he had killed 17 or
8 people since 1954, most of them in
teturn for payment in drugs, money, or
>oth. Twelve of the killings were in
outhern California and a few were in
he Midwest.
"They were snitches, informers,
eople Bishop felt had it
oming. . . people who had burned
riends of his" Mr. Lee said.
Bishop described details of only one,
n which he hid in the back seat of a vic-
im's car and shot him in the head.
Despite the confession, police of-
icials said they were not sure if the in-
formation would help clear up any un-
olved cases.
Lee and Goldman both said they were
nclined to believe Bishop's confession.
'The fact that he didn't want the infor-
nation revealed until after his death
.nt some credibility," said Goldman.
wA I

smashed two of the fraternity's win-
Loflchie offered to pay for the
damage to the car, although he said
that didn't necessarily mean a frater-
nity member was responsible for the
BY JUST AFTER 3:30 a.m., the par-
ty had broken up and people were
driving away while police were trying
to keep the situation calm. There were
no arrests and no reported injuries.
Just under two hours prior to that in-
cident, University students Fred
Gutermouth and his Oxford House,
roommate Rich Bloomfield, both 19,
were walking along S. University
towards Oxford when Bloomfield said
they were approached by two black
males in their early 20's who tried to
mug Gutermouth. "
When Gutermouth refused to give the
pair any money, Bloomfield said one of

the blacks picked up a rock roughly
seven inched in diameter and struck
Gutermouth and then ran toward Trot-
ter House. Bloomfield said a couple who
was walking by ran and called the
police. As soon as police arrived,
Bloomfield and an officer went inside
Trotter House, he said, but did not find
the assailant. Bloomfield said he then
took his roommate who appeared dazed
and couldn't remember what happened
to University Hospital where he was
admitted and released yesterday.
Charles Carter, a witness at the par-
ty, said, however, that Guermouth ap-
proached Trotter House to sell an un-
specified amount of marijuana. Carter
siad the potential buyer thought the pot
was too cheap to buy so he threatened to
take it. He added Gutermouth wanted
payament for it, so an argument en-
sured and the guy then hit Gutermouth
in the face with the rock.

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