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Ninety-One Years
of
Editorial Freedom

Lit ian

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SOGGY
Scattered thunderstorms
and windy today.' High in
the low 70s, low in the low
50s.

Vol. XCI, No. 11

Copyright 1980, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, September 16, 1980

Ten Cents

Ten Pages

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Grad student

brutally

murdered;

'police

fear

link with

other

killings

By MAUREEN FLEMING
A University graduate student found
stabbed to death outside her west Ann
Arbor apartment Sunday morning was
the third local woman in five months to
die under similar circumstances.
The body of Rebecca Huff, 30, was
discovered at 8 a.m. Sunday on the
steps of her Walden Hills apartment on
South Maple Road.
POLICE CHIEF WILLIAM Corbett
said at a press conference yesterday
that no suspects had been apprehended
but that there were similarities bet-
ween Huff's death and the stabbing
deaths of two other Ann Arbor women.
Police said they are investigating
suspects in the two earlier killings but
have made no arrests.'
The first murder victim, Shirley
Small, 17, was found dead last April 20
near her home in the Georgetown
Townhouses on Page Avenue.
On July 13 the body of Glenda Rich-
mond, 23, was discovered outside the
front door of her University Townhouse
apartment near Braeburn Circle on
Ellsworth Road. Richmond had plan-
ned to enroll at the University this fall,
Corbett said.
HE EXPLAINED THAT suspects are
under investigation in the first two
murders but there is "insufficient
evidence for their arrest or issuance of
a criminal warrant."
He added, however, that "by eviden-
ce and associations we've developed,
they (the murders) could all have been
committed by one person. There are
similarities."
If that theory is correct, then police
may have been watching the wrong
-,suspects, because Corbett said that
police were observing the suspects at
the time of Huff's death.
"WE KNOW WHERE one of the
suspects was (the time of Huff's death)
and we're quite certain about the
other's whereabouts," Corbett added.
Corbett cited four similarities in all
three homicides:
" All three victims were stabbed in
the chest area.
" There exists no evidence of sexual
molestation.
" There is no evidence of robbery as a
motive.
- All three women were young, at-
tractive, unescorted females who lived
in large apartment complexes with
high population densities.
In two of the murders, witnesses
overheard arguing, moans, or screams

from the vicinity of the crimes at about
the time they were supposed to have
taken place, Corbett said.
IN TWO OF the cases the same type
of knife was used, he added.
Corbett said there are other
similarities in the cases but he "was not
at liberty to discuss them."
One dissimilarity Corbett mentioned
is that the location of the murders are
widely scattered.
THE POLICE HAVE established that
the first victim, Small, was acquainted
with the person suspected of killing her.
In the Richmond case, the victim
knew who her attacker was but was not
personally acquainted with him, Cor-
bett said.
"From evidence, all three victims
were on their way home and were ac-

costed in front of it," he continued.
POLICE HAVE TRACED the ac-
tivities of the victims on the nights
before their deaths, Corbett said.
He added that virtually all of his
detectives are working on the case and
the state police and the Washtenaw
County Sheriff's office have been called
into the investigation.
Witnesses reported hearing a con-
frontation and screams about the time
of Huff's murder at the apartment
complex, police said. The witnesses
also heard someone say, "No, please go
home."
Carol Kahn, a neighbor who lives
directly above the walkway where
Huff's body was discovered, said she
See GRAD, Page 3

Stabbing brings back
memories of area

kill1ings 1
By JULIE SELBST
Eleven years ago, women in Ann Ar-
bor and Ypsilanti lived in an at-
mosphere of tension as seven women,
five of them college students, were
found murdered and apparently abused
after they had each mysteriously
disappeared one by one over a span of
several months.
While the local community has ap-
parently put that series of slayings into
its past, a murder discovered yester-
day-which police say may be the third
in series-has no doubt brought the
chilling 1969 slayings back into the
minds of many residents.
In an effort to keep a sharp eye out for
any additional incidents, local security
has ben tightened. University Director
of Safety Walt Stevens said all campus
security officers have been informed of
the murders. At the same time, Ann
Arbor Police Chief William Corbett said
all police officers on beats have been
cautioned to be particularly observant.
About 30 investigative personnel
currently are working on the case.
The latest murders appear totally
unrelated to the 1969 slayings, and John
Norman Collins, who was convicted of
killing the last of the women to disap-

years, ago.
pear, is currently behind bars in the
Upper Peninsula.
However, there are some similarities
to the John Norman Collins case, said
Washtenaw County Prosecutor William
Delhey yesterday. In both cases, he
said, all the victims were young, white,
and were brutally murdered. But there
are dissimilarities, too. The Collins'vic-
tims were all sexually molested and
none of them were stabbed, Delhey ad-
ded.
Collins was a 22-year-old senior at
Eastern Michigan University when the
1969 murders were committed.
Karen Sue Beineman, an 18-year-o1l
freshwoman at Eastern Michigan
University, was the last woman mur-
dered in the 1969 episode. A clerk in an
Ypsilanti store who was one of the last
to see her alive said she overheard
Beineman make the remark that she
had done two foolish things in her
lifetime. One of them was buying a wig,
and the other was accepting a ride on a
motorcycle with a stranger. She then
left the store with a stranger on a
motorcycle.
As had Beineman, all of the women in
the 1969 episode had either been hit-
chhiking or had accepted rides with
men they had not known.

Doily Photo by JIM KRUZ
TERESA LEDERA (with dog), Carol Kahn, and her son Jehan, all residents of the Walden Hills apartment complex
in west Ann Arbor, stand next to the spot where Rebecca Huff's body was found Sunday morning. Huff, 30, (shown in
a 1972 photo) was a University graduate student in business administration (inset courtesy of Vanderbilt University).

OSU alums aid marching band

By BETH ROSENBERG
The Ohio State University marching
band alumni have shown they're really
true Blue.
The former Buckeye musicians-who
tout themselves as "The Best Damn
'Band In The Land Alumni
Group"-have passed the scarlet and
grey hat for the Michigan Marching
Band to help guarantee a Wolverine
trip to Columbus Nov. 22.
OSU alumni band treasurer Walter
Neff said yesterday in a telephone in-
terview from Columbus that $124.04
was raised last weekend at the band's
reunion to aid the Wolverines. He said a
certified check will be mailed to Ann
Arbor today. Neff said he wasn't
charged for certifying the check when
the bank was told about the cause.
The Michigan Marching Band has
been unsure since early August
whether they could scrape together
enough money to travel to the Ohio
State game because private con-
tributions reportedly have dropped

Raise whopping $124.04
to send band to Columbus

significantly.
But last Saturday, band members
were told they would be going to
Columbus. Music School Dean Paul
Boylan said yesterday that Vice
President for Academic Affairs Billy
Frye promised funds to the band for
travel.
University Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer James Brinkerhoff
said yesterday the band will receive
$15,000 for basic operational costs.
Boylan said the money will be used
toward expenses to the Ohio State
game.
The $15,000, according to Brinkerhoff,
will come from a "non-recurring" fund
from which money is dispensed on an
ad hoc basis. The money *in the fund

comes from interest on non-designated
gifts to the University.
The athletic department already
allocated $15,000 to the band-an
amount which music school officials
claimed was insufficient to pay for the
band's 225 members.
Boylan said the Buckeye band con-
tribution was "a nice gesture. It's too
bad the word didn't get there sooner
that we have the money."
He -said he was unsure of how the
check would be used.
The collection was publicized yester-
day when the OSU alumni group's
secretary called WJR radio in Detroit
to tell announcer J.P. McCarthy about
the cause.
"It would be a dreadful shame if the

Michigan band weren't to come to
Columbus," Janet Ebert told McCarthy
on his 7:15 a.m. show.
Ebert, who has been the group's
secretary for the past decade, holds
three degrees from OSU. She said her
late father also had three degrees from
the University.
The Urbana, Ohio native said the
fund was started when one OSU band
reunion participant passed around a
copy of the Daily publicizing the
Wolverine band's financial plight.
Ethel Geist, whose husband Norman
is chairman of the OSU band alumni,
said the collection started as a joke. "In
between marching through four 'Script
Ohios' (marching formations),
someone said 'Why not take up a collec-
tion?'," she said.
The friendly but fierce rivalry Ebert
said, is part of the Michigan-Ohio State
tradition. "I'm going to cheer for Earl's
(coach Earl Bruce) boys. We love Bo
every day of the year except that one."

1 -
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THE THREE WOMEN w -re ;tabbed to death at the points indicated on the
map. The most recent murd er occurred Sunday morning when University
graduate student Rebecca Hirff was stabbed near an apartment complex at
Pauline and S. Maple Streets ( pper left). Shirley Small was killed last April 20
near townhouses on Page Avenue (center) and Glenda Richmond died July 13
near her apartment on Ell-swcrth Road near Braeburn Circle (lower right).

TODAY
Disco units?
O PUBLICATION is immune from the occasional
embarrassment of typographical errors, but the
ymistakes can at times be a great source of
amusement. Consider this week's University
Record, for example. The front-page includes an announce-
ment of a national conference on "Discovering Workers'
Culture in American Society," sponsored by the Univrsity's
Institute of Labor and TndustriaI ReIations So what's the

reason to expand valuable energy in whistling at passing

Barbour's food is usually trucked from nearby West Quad,
but the sick driver couldn't make the deliveries last night
So the Barbourites and their colleagues from Helen
Newberry had to trek over to the West Quad cafeteria for
their evening meal. Barbour resident Venessa Sucre said
some of her neighbors were upset because the food is.
allegedly "worse" when it is served in the two West Quad
dining rooms. She said some of her neighbors cited the "im-
personal atmosphere" and "rowdiness" of West Quad. But
it's happened before, she said. "We're all pretty used to it
by now." 1

reason to expand valuable energy in whistling at passing
women." Q
Expensive drips.

That dripping faucet
in your bathroom or kit-
chen could be costing
you more than you
think. Some students
living in an off-campus
house. irritated at their

11,970 gallons per month, and a whopping
143,445 gallons per year, all from one leaking
faucet. With the city charging $1.59 per 750 gallons, the
leak is costing the students an extra $24.99 per month in
water and sewage fees. If the leak were to continue for the
duration- of the one-year lease, the cost of the drips would
total $304.10. A cryptic "I've seen the work order" was the
only response the residents got when they complained to a
representative of Old Town Realty, the owner of the house.
Meanwhile, it looks like it's just money down the drain. 0

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