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Tuesday, September 28, 1976


Page Three



Hangman likes his job
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (IP) - one of which released the trap- hanging for persons convicted
He is slightly stooped now, 74, door. of aggravated first-degree mur-
a grandfather who bristles at der. However, that law is be-
being called an "executioner." NO ONE EVER KNEW ing challenged.
But yes, he never missed a which of the four buttons acti-
hanging at the Washington State vated the death trap, he said. THE ELDERLY hangman ap-
Penitentiary. And yes, he says, Nobody has been hanged in proves of the new law. He said
it's good that murderers can Washington State in 13 years, execution by hanging is a de-
once again be hanged. although it is again possible. terrent to crime but is a punish-
"So many want to call me an Washington became the 33rd ment that should be reserved
executioner," he says. "There's state to reinstate capital pun- for murderers.
no such thing. There's a lot to ishment following a 1972 Su- le retired from the peniten-
an execution. It takes about preme Court decision that re- tiary 20 years ago, but was call-
20 men to execute a prisoner." quired the redrafting of capital ed back for the last two hang-
punishment laws to eliminate Iings, in 1960 and 1963, "to help
BUT HE DID supervise some what the high court said was them out because they didn't
of the hangings at the prison arbitrary and capricious en- have anybody."
here. He was captain of the forcement. "I don't think hanging is
guards and deputy warden, and any worse than electrocution.I
he wtinessed all of them - the The state's new law, effec- That's burning," he said. "Or
58 executions conducted since tive July 1, mandates death by shooting. It's all death."
he helped build the wooden gal- --- - -
j lows in the big yard in 1926.
some who were executed who
"There might have been i EA saysoweeexcte h drug eas
shouldn't have been," he says
now. "Others should have been "
a ere't"
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ishment law was passed in 1909.
After a big fire in 1926, the MI IBECFaOP -
penitentiary was rebuilt, includ- MIAMI BEACH, Fla. () -
ing tJudicial handling of narcotics
frthe scaffolding that servedcases "makes a mockery of the
for executions. :serious concern of the public
"I'VE NEVER missed an about hard drug abuse," the,
head of the federal Drug En-
execution (since 1926) - put it hofhe AderaiDrugE
that way, he said in describ forcement Administration (DE
ing his role. He talked about A) said yesterday.
ghos year. reentlk wbithth Courts are allowing thous-
those years recently with the ands of narcotics offenders to
Seattle Post - Intelligencer,I go free on low bond and short
which did not use his name. He go freems, low bodandshtor
said it was the first interview fjail terms, DEA Administrator
he has granted. Peter Bensinger told several
thousand members of the Inter-
On the night before an execu- national Association of Chiefs
tion "it just seemed like there of Police.
was so much tension in theI
air," he recalled. "The prison HE SAID a third of the almostE
population was always put un- 4,000 persons convicted on fed-
der deadlock on those nights." eral narcotics charges last year
It was his task to place the ot robation And of those sen-

vision of the federal criminal
code and an increase in the
number of federal judges.
the handling of drug cases has
created "a morale problem for
the law enforcement officers
who find that the criminals they
have worked so hard to arrest
are back out on the streets be-
fore they have a chance to com-
plete their paperwork."
Bensinger also cited U. S.
government requestsito Mexico,
Turkey and countries in South-
east Asia to help curtail heroin
and cocainetproducing and
smuggling into the United

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nation's dependence on foreign
fuels continued to increase this
year with oil imports up 16.7
per cent in the first six months,
the Federal Energy Administra-
tion says.
The findings, in FEA's latest
monthly statistics, coincided
with published reports - de-
nied by the State Department
- that Saudi Arabia was threat-
ening a new oil embargo if the
U.S. Congress adopts legislations
unfavorable to the Arab econom-
ic boycott of Israel.
interrupted oil shipments in
1973, the United States import-
ed about 35 per cent of its pe-
troleum. The import level was
about the same in early 1975.
But oil imports increased to
more than 39 per cent of U.S.
petroleum demand in the first
half of this year, the FEA says.
Weighed against the U.S. con-
sumption of energy from all
sources, imports of fossil fuels
- mainly oil and natural gas
- provided about 20.3 per cent
of total energy demand during
the first five months of 1976,
compared with 18.3 per cent a
year earlier.

tween the price rise and the
increase of oil imports.
Most U.S. gasoline is refined
in domestic refineries from
crude oil. The average price
of crude oil, including both
U.S. - produced and imported,
rose only about 1.4 cents per
gallon during the same period.
SUIMMING UP its findings for
the f' half of 1976, the FEA
ca~r, awith this picture of
U.S. 'rgy supply and de-
* Energy consumption for
the first five months was up
1.5 per cent, while U.S. energy
production for the first six
months was down one per cent.
* The gap was filled by high-
er energy imports. Crude oil
imports increased 33 per cent,
but were partly offset by a 13'
per cent decline in imports ofI
refined petroleum products. Nat-
ural gas imports increased 5'
per cent. Taken together, fos-
sil fuel imports rose some 16.6
per cent, corresponding essenti-
ally to the net increase in oil
* Consumption of petroleum
products outraced the general
increase in energy demand, ris-
ing some 3.8 per cent.

* Although U.S. energy pro-
duction slipped one per cent,
"this decline was considerably
less than the 3.3 per cent drop"
from 1974 to 1975, "and is an
indication that the 3-year slump
in domestic energy production
may be leveling off."
O This optimistic appraisal
stems mainly from a 4.1 per
cent increase in coal produc-
tion and a 10.8 per cent in-
crease in nuclear power genera-
tion. Natural gas production slid
another 3.7 per cent, domestic
oil output declined 2.7 per cent,'
and hydroelectric power, partly
dependent on the weather, ran
4.4 per cent behind the first six
months of 1975.
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Tuesday, September 28, 1976
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special noose, made of one-inch tenced to prison on heroin or "But we are unwilling to ad-
thick rope, around the prison- cocaine charges, "one out of minister anything more than a1
er's neck and drop the black three received prison terms of slap on the wrist in our own
hood over the man's head. three years or less." ;court system," he said. "How
"That means that of the 3,96'can we ask these governments
MOST PRISONERS "took it "Thattmens tht o the o continue to stop the flow
prettyindividuals brought into federal of heroin from coming into the
two or three put us a battle. courts and convicted of nar- , United States when we are un-
Otherwise they went out very cotic charges last year, over willing to put the people who
Oere theyw2,000 were back on the streets deal in it behind bars for any
peacefully." immediately or eligible to re- significant period of time?"
Some turned to religion, he turn within a year," Bensinger
said, but "some do a lot of cuss- said.
ing before they're executed." President Ford, addressing"-
The men he picked to assist the same convention earlier in 'Late' Itc
in the executions never showed the day, said he would give:
physical or emotional weakness, "top priority" if elected to new Cj"[fegf , ,
he said, though none ever vol- federal anticrime legislation. ws d r h
unteered. Their job was to He made it clear he would re- are always sated here, whei e
strap the doomed man's knees peat past recommendations for dinner is served til 1 a m
and arms. Then four of them mandatory minimum sentences i Whether it be a delectable
simultaneously pushed buttons, for certain federal crimes, re- main course with a garden

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Tuesday, September 28, 1976
Int'l Ctr: Roy want "Korea Caught
in she Power Struggle," luncheon,
Ecumenical Campus Ctr, 911 Church,
Industrial Operations Engineering:
Michael C. Smith (Univ of Missouri)
"A Component Approach to Health
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Condensed Matter Seminar: D.
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time l The Orthopositronium Dilem-
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High Energy Neutrino Seminar: R.
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1041 Randall Lab, 4 p.m.
Ctr South: Southeast Asian Stud-
ies: Nirad C. Chaudhuri "India in
English Literature," E Lec rm, Rack-
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Paul M. Fitts Memorial Lectures:
Michael I. Posner (Univ of Oregon)
Chronometric Explorations of the
Mind Series "Conscious Attention,"
Rackham Amph, 4:15 p.m.
Ext. Serv: Contracting as a Basic
Interpersonal Practice Skill, League,
regist., 7 p.m.
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Union Gallery: "Recent Works,"
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