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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, October 4, 1980-Page 5
Actress posed as murderer

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP)-An ac-
tress who visited confessed Hillside
Strangler Kenneth Bianchi in jail has
been arrested for allegedly trying to
strangle a young woman to make it ap-
pear the "real strangler" was still at
large, authorities say.
Veronica Lynn Compton, 24, was
arrested Thursday at her residence in
Carson, Calif., by Bellingham police
and was booked at the Los Angeles
County Jail on a Washington warrant
carrying $500,000 bail.
BELLINGHAM Deputy Police Chief
Dan Fitzgerald said Compton, who
describes herself as an actress, was ac-
cuaed in a warrant of trying to strangle
Kim Bred, a 26-year-old Bellingham
resident and a maintenance worker for
the Bellingham parks and recreation
Authorities said Compton would be
arraigned Monday on an attempted fir-
st-degree murder charge, and it would
be determined at the arraignment
whether she would fight extradition.
The Hillside Strangler killings-so
named because bodies of the young
female victims were dumped on slopes
in the Los Angeles area-occurred from
late 1977 to early 1978. Most of the vic-
tims were sexually abused and all were
BIANCHI MOVED from Los Angeles


to Washington in 1978, and two female
college students in Bellingham were
later strangled. In a plea bargain last
year following his arrest, Bianchi said
he killed two of the students, and said
he was involved with Angelo Buono in
the Los Angeles killings. In return for
his promise to testify against Buono,
Bianchi was given a life sentence in-
stead of facing the death penalty.
Buono is charged with all 10 Los
Angeles murders and could face the
death penalty if convicted. Bianchi
pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life
in prison for five murders.
Bellingham police said yesterday
they became interested in Compton af-
ter investigating some anonymous
cassette recordings which contained
the message that police had the wrong
man and the real Hillside Strangler
would strike again.
FITZGERALD said the tapes were
mailed to various locations in
Bellingham and Los Angeles. He said

Compton dropped one tape off at
Bellingham airport Sept. 2, and asked
that it be delivered to law enforcement
Los Angeles detectives said they
suspect Compton was acting at Bian--
chi's direction to make it appear the
"real strangler" had not been cap-
tured: If the real killer were still at
large, it could jeopardize the case
against Buono.
Fitzgerald said that in the alleged at-
tempted slaying, "Kim Breed met a
person known only as Karen in a local

tavern atone p.m."
After luring Breed back to the
Shangrila Motel, where Compton was
staying, Breed was attacked, her hands
Were tied behind her and a rope was
tightened around her neck until she
couldn't breathe, police said.
After a struggle and a second
strangulation attempt, authorities said;
Breed freed herself and escaped to the
tavern to get a friend for help. When
they arrived at the motel, Compton and
her belongings were gone, the report

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It's More For Your Morning!

IRAQI SOLDIERS aRd fescue , workers rush toward an electricity plan
near Baghdad Tuesda after a bombing raid during the Iran-Iraqi conflic
Iranians attempt to
retake several cities
in first counterattack

From AP and UPI
- BAGHDAD, Iraq-Iranian troops
backed by zealous civilians launched
counter-attacks yesterday, shelling a
major Iraqi port on the Persian Gulf
and claiming victories in the battles for
four besieged Iranian cities.
Heavy fighting raged around two cen-
tral battlefronts in Iran's oil-rich
Khuzistan province on the 12th day of
the Persian Gulf war. The com-
muniques of both sides-and as far as
they could be verified by reporters in
the field-supported Iran's claim that
its forces were finally counter-at-
0'.,,.TEHRAN RADIO said Iranian
"didiers forced Iraqi troops to withdraw
from the city on the Shatt al-Arab
waterway and, in another action far-
ther north, reopened a railroad cut by
.paqi forces last week. But Baghdad
,said Iraqi troops controlled the city and
Myere digging in to consolidate objec-
,tives gained in 12 days of fighting.
Iraq insisted it had achieved its
x ilitary goals and apparently planned
4p go ahead with a four-day truce on
§pnday. Iran has rejected the Iraqi of-
,fer of cease-fire and proclaimed the
war will go on until Iraqi forces are
;driven from Iranian soil.
, The Iraqi ambassador to Jordan,
,abah Hourani, said yesterday in a
statement that Baghdad was "ready for
long confrontation with Iran. All our
needs for this war are ensured."
-BUT IRAN HAD different thoughts.

Rejecting an Iraqi truce offer, he
military command in Tehran said
civilians called to arms in a general
mobilization Thursday had joined
Iranian troops and Revolutionary
Guards and were fighting "big battles
on the southern frnt" to break the
Iraqi sieges of Abadan and Khurram-
shahr and Ahvaz and Dizful further
It asserted that civilians heeding
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's exhor-
tations for a "holy war" against Iraq
were "fighting with matchless
courage" alongside the troops.
Tehran radio said Iranian forces
reopened a strategic railroad reported
cut by Iraqi forces near Dezful, 15 miles
north of Khorramshahr, and that a
train left Tehran for Ahwaz, resuming
service between the two cities.
Iraq insisted "there is no trace of any
Iranian soldier left in Khorramshahr"
and that "the town is under Iraq's firm
control." Baghdad radio called Iranian
claims "hallucination" and said only
"a few so-called revolutionary guards
are left in hiding" in Khorramshahr.
The oil port, only 10 miles from the
Iranian refinery of Abadan, has been a
focus of Iraqi attacks aimed at gaining
control of the Shatt al-Arab waterway.
One of Iraq's was aims is to wrest con-
trol of the entire estuary from Iran,
which seized half of the waterway from
Iraq in 1969 when the lateShah of Iran
abrogated a 1937 treaty that had awar-
ded it to Iraq.


t t n


0 Northville resident, 26,
kills self near railroad

You can have the U. of M.
student newspaper delivered to
your dorm or door, Tuesday
thrniuah Stundau before 810 a~f m

A man killed himself Wednesday
evening with a .22-caliber rifle, police
said yesterday. Ronald Breakie, 26, of

found next to Breakie's body. A receipt
in the box showed that the man pur-
chased the rifle on Sept. 29, police said.

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