The Michigan Daily-Friday, October 3, 1980-Page 9
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.to death near MIT
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (UPI)-Three
tnen apparently bent on robbery shot
pnd killed an assistant district attorney
early yesterday as he sat with a
colleague in a disabled car parked by
the Charles River.
Edward Bigham III, 28, was shot on-
te in the chest. Bigham and his
passenger, Marian Ryan, both served
-as assistant district attorneys for Mid-
POLICE SAID Ryan was treated at
Cambridge City Hospital for a facial
gunpowder burn and released.
The woman told police Bigham's blue
;Volkswagen had developed mechanical
problems and was parked on the road-
side on Memorial Drive adjacent to
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
;when a large white car pulled up from
,behind shortly after 1 a.m.
" Two of three men in the white car ap-
proached Bigham's car and when he
tried to lock his door, jerked open the
passenger door and shot Bigham at
,point-blank range, police said.
BIGHAM apparently then staggered
from the car and took several steps
Pefore collapsing, police said. An MIT
security officer arrived minutes later
and administered emergency first aid.
A spokesman for Cambridge Hospital
*said Bigham was pronounced dead on
arrival at 2:03 a.m. Police later said it
was believed he lived only a few secon-
ds after the shooting.
"We believe robbery was the motive,
but we have nothing else on it at this
time," a police spokesman said.
Bigham, who was married, was the
son of prominent Waltham attorney
Edward Bigham Jr. and lived at his
parents Weston home. He was a 1975
graduate of Boston College and
received his degree from Boston
in court case
From United Press International
LANSING-The Michigan Court of
Appeals refused yesterday to return a
young boy and girl to a mentally im-
paired mother who said she did not un-
derstand at the time of the custody
hearing that her children could be
taken away from her.
The court said the judge in the
"Lenawee County child neglect case
repeatedly asked the woman if she un-
derstood that she would lose her paren-
tal rights unless she proved she was
capable of caring for her children and
was told she did.
"WE DO NOT deny that the woman
-suffered from a mental handicap," the
-court said in upholding the judge's
"It is unclear to us, however, that the
probate court could have done more to
insure her understanding and we are
unwilling to rule that, because a parent
-is incapable of comprehending the
nature of the proceedings, the court is
powerless to proceed in a child neglect
case," the court said.
The court also said state social
Workers were not obligated to offer the
woman in-home help before moving to
take away her children.
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College Law School in 1978.
He began the job as assistant district
attorney in the spring of 1979. Mid-
dlesex County District Attorney John
Droney called Bigham "a good lawyer
and a very nice person."
The elder Bigham discribed his son
as a scholar and ,athlete active in
several sports at BC, including football.
"I just can't understand how people
can do these things," the elder Bigham
said. "We're all heartsick."
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