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Page 14--Tuesday, June 6, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Teenage Nazi awaits sentencing
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A teen- Prosecutors and defense attorneys Dressed in blue jeans and a T-shirt, THE JUDGE said he would consider
age Nazi who killed a fellow high school agreed the boy was a dangerous Needham sat quietly next to his father transferring the boy to another in-
student will be kept at a juvenile home paranoiac in need of mental treatment. at yesterday's hearing. He had earlies stitution for treatment-if one can be
while authorities decide what else to do pleaded no contest to a charge of mur- found.
with him, a judge ruled yesterday. NEEDHAM, who wore a Nazi pin to dering Bill Draher, also 15. "This case graphically illustrated the
"He didn't have to grow up this way. school, shot two classmates who had Owens also ordered the Ingham lack of resources available in this state
He was an innocent baby as they all taunted him for his views. One died. County juvenile home to add a staff for a case of this sort," Owens said.
are," Probate Judge Donald Owens The frail, slender boy had been held in member "to watch him at all times to Authorities are considering moving
said of 15-year-old Roger E. Needham. Ingham County Jail since the February make sure he is not heckled or taunted Needham to the Manninger Foundation
"But it's too late now." shooting, by other youths at the home." in Topeka, Kansas, which has had ex-
perience in handling such cases, Owens
said. The clinic has not decided whether
to accept the boy for treatment, the
CLASSFIEDjudge said.
E ADVERTISING"Under Michigan law, Needham will
remain under state care until he is 19.
After that, he will be released unless of-
ficials can prove he is still dangerous.
NEEDHAM HAS BEEN described as
a brilliant loner who once made a
blueprint of a Nazi extermination camp
complete with gas chambers. A
psychiatrist's report concluded the boy
is a "true paranoiac" who is "highly in-
telligent, hostile, intensely angry at
Student Newspaper at The University of Michigan * everyone."
After the shootings, police found a
diaryin which the boy had written
about his school experiences. One entry
- "Ialmost abandoned Hitler last
night-out of being pushed too far by
my colleagues. I almost went to school
without my Nazi party pin in mu jacket.
----------- RITE YOUR AD HERE! ----------- But luckily again I had a burst of
-Ecourage and never again will I think
- -.--_-- ____--..._ _ I about abandoning Mein Fuhrer and
THE DIARY, entitled "My Struggle"
_-I after Hitler's "Mein Kampf," also con-
' E tained this passage. "While I in no way
I -forgive my enemies, I will refreain
' U_ .__......._ _from killing them for the moment."
The entry was written two days
Ibefore Needham killed Draher and
wounded 16-year-old Kevin Jones in a
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ -crowded school hallway. Jones, who wa
' grazed in the head, lated admitted he .
--- - - hadbeen looking for a fight with
Needham "because of the Nazi deal."
Daniel McLellan, assistant county
H CLP A D MAL T DAY! m in nin u~ * prosecutor, said he was not optimistic
------------CLIP AND MAILlTODAY!------------ treametwould help Needham.
____ ___ ___ ___ ___ ____ ___ ___ ___ _ - "He'sa terribly dangerous person
whose only disappointment was that he
' USE THIS HANDY CHART TO QUICKLY ARRIVE AT AD COST didn't kill more people when he had the
opportunity," McLellan said. "He feels
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