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The Michigan Daily
Vol LXXXV, No. 33-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, June 21, 1975 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Death renews talk of CIA-mob link

OAK PARK, Ill. (P) - Crime syndi-
cate figure Sam Giancana, linked to CIA
plots to kill Cuban Premier Fidel Cas-
tro, may have been killed to keep him
from talking to a federal grand jury,
police said yesterday.
Giancana, 65, was found late Thurs-
day in the basement-kitchen of his home
by a caretaker. The dapper underworld
leader, who started his career as Al Ca-
pone's wheelman and dated singer
Phyllis McGuire in recent years, was
shot six times.
THE SMALL-CALIBER bullets used
in the shooting, however, are unlike most
of those in mob slayings and could indi-
cate that Giancana was killed in a per-
sonal vendetta, some detectives said.
Others said they believed Giancana was
under heavy pressure because of the
grand jury investigation.

Chicago newspapers, quoting unnamed
investigators, portrayed the aging and
ailing Giansana as fearful of a possible
prison term for perjury and perhaps
ready to use mob secrets to bargain for
his freedom.
Police said the .22-caliber slugs that
killed Giancana - five in the neck and
one in the mouth - are small compared
to those usually used in mob assassina-
tions but noted the similarity of the
slaying to that of another underworld
OAK PARK police Chief Wilbur Reich-
ert observed that Anthony Battaglia, 61,
was fatally shot in the neck April 29 out-
side his suburban home with small cali-
ber bullets fired at close range. He was
the brother of Sam Battaglia, who is be-
lieved to have succeeded Giancana as

leader of the Chicago crime syndicate
several years ago.
. Meanwhile, Sen. Frank Church, (D-
Idaho) chairman of the Senate commit-
tee investigating the Central Intelligence
Agency, said he would give "no cred-
ence" to any suggestion that the CIA
was in any way connected with the
death of Giancana.
Church said Giancana may have been
shot to prevent him from giving testi-
mony to the grand jury. He said the CIA
had no motive for murdering Giancana
because the committee "already is in
possession of the facts and we have other
PETER VAIRA, head of the Justice
Department strike force in Chicago, said
the shooting "doesn't look like it is an

official Mafia hit . .. and the manner in
which it was done leads us to believe
it might have been something personal."
About $1,400 in cash, mostly $100 bills,
was found on the body, Reichert said,
discounting robbery as a motive for the
Reichert also said that Giacana ap-
parently knew his killer and admitted
him to the basement of his home, a
raised ranch in a quiet tree-lined area of
Oak Park, one of the near western sub-
urbs where many of the crime syndicate
leaders reside in rustic, private luxury.
Vaira said Giancana made appear-
ances in December and February before
a grand jury investigating organized
crime but doubted his testimony was
connected with his murder.

Indian group-r
ends protest
By TIM SCHICKy r . :.;'"...
Is a surprise move late last night the Native
American Student Association (NASA) removed
their teepee from University President Robben...:;yw;.;,
Fleming"s lawn and apparently ended their 36-t iv
hoar vigil without explanation, although no : : s
agreement was reached between the demon-
strators and the administration.
About 20 NASA members had been campedt
Out on the front lawn of University President
Robben Fleming's S. University mansiontsince
Thusrsd-ay evening when they erected the teepee
to dramatize their efforts to obtain a cultural
IT IS not knowsnsvhy the group decided to end
their demonstration. NASA members refused to;'
comment ots why the vigil ended last nighst. b'ySTrIVEK, aG
The University had indicated that the group
could remain as long as no property damage oc-
curreda 3.y t>ยข x : : 4 n }
Earlier Vice President for Student Affairs Hen-
rv tJohnson met with NASA inside the teepee for Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
almost two hours in a vain compromise attempt. A young American Indian passes time during yesterday's Native American Student's Association protest on Presi-
dent Robben Fleming's front lawn. The students have been occupying the lawn since Thursday to dramatize their
See NATIVE, Page 9 demand for a cultural center.
Young challenges Democratic Congress

"Democrats, we are
told, really care about
people . . . and Demo-
crats control the Con-
gress. It's time to put-
up--or shut up.".
-Coleman Young

WASHINGTON (UPI) - Democratic Mayor
Coleman Young of Detroit yesterday praised the
Ford Administration for its efforts to help his
city's financial crisis, but attacked the Demo-
cratic - controlled Congress for inaction.
Young's surprising testimony before a session
of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress
brought strong reaction from two Democratic
members of the panel.
THE BLACK mayor of the nation's fifth largest
city said his Democratic Party has always talked
of a special commitment to the cities, and the
urban poor.
"Democrats, we are told, really care about
people . . . and Democrats control the Con-
gress," he said. "It's time, I believe, to putup-
or shut up."
Detroit has been one of the hardest hit cities in
the recession, with unemployment nearing 25

per cent and a financial situation which has
caused massive cutbacks in city services.
YOUNG SAID since he presented a $2.7 billion
plan to rejuvenate Detroit to President Ford sev-
eral months ago "we have had repeated signs
of interest, cooperation and hope."
Sen. Hubert Humphrey, (D-Minn.), committee
chairman, and Sen. William Proxmire, (D-Wis.),
challenged Young's comments, claiming presi-
dential vetoes of job programs were the main
deterrent to helping the. cities.
Humphrey said forecasts of rising inflation
due to spending programs by Ford's economists
were "scaring the living daylights out of Con-
w N E V E R T H E L E S S, Humphrey said
Young's "scolding of this Congress is justified."
Proxmire, however, directly attacked Young's
See YOUNG, Page 10

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