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a distraught child in which
and three children died last
the climax 'f a 14-year story
arson, abuse, and incest.
Authorities said one of the
children set a fire last M
killed the alle'ged arsonist's f
three children from the
second marriage.
marriage are now in sepa
homes. They are Sandra
Bobby Wilder, 11; Colleen
and Scott Wilder, 6.
Killed in the fire in the b
an already burned-out home
thern Michigan hamlet of A
Robert Wilder, 36, his ex-
Ruppert, 29, and h
children - Timothy Ri
Christopher Ruppert, 2, an
Ruppert, 7 months.

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, November 18, 1980-Page 9
QPn climaxes tragedy
e fire set by Robert Wilder and Linda Ruppert they started getting together," Martha 9
two adults were half-brother and half-sister. Wilder said of Robert and Linda. "It Ruppert children who died in last
t week was ROBERT'S MOTHER, Martha was more Robert's doing than Linda's. week's fire.
of divorce, Wilder, 54, told her story of the events He loved her from the start and she Linda's second marriage ended in
leading up to the tragedy in a Sunday learned to love him." divorce and she moved to the Ashton
e surviving interview with the Detroit News. The Wilder family moved to Seattle, home she had once shared with Robert.
onday that Martha Wilder, Linda's stepmother, and Robert and Linda were married "There were five fires in all" over the
parents and said the problem began 14 years ago there in 1967, when Linda was 15. / years, Martha Wilder said. "They star-
mother's when 1!inda, then 14, came back to live "MY HUSBAND -and I opposed the ted in Seattle. The last one before Mon-
with her father, Myron, Martha, and marriage," Martha Wilder said. "They day destroyed the upstairs of the
n the first their 22-year-old son, Robert. were half-brother and half-sister." Ashton home. Linda and her children
rate foster Myron Wilder had previously divor- The newlyweds moved back to had to live in the basement. The kids
Wilder, 13; ced Martha. moved from Reed Citv Michigan and there were more started the fires."

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for recognized student organizations who are in need of
funding for worthwhile and beneficial student projects.
December allocations will be made on Dec. 9 and applications
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For more information'call MSA offices (763-3241).
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Wilder, 8;
asement of
in the nor-
shton were
wife Linda
er three
uppert, 3,
d Ruth Ann

Mich., to Milwaukee and remarried.
His second wife was Linda's mother.
Myron Wilder divorced his second wife
and returned to Reed City to remarry
Martha Wilder.
LINDA "CAME TO us a bitter,
hateful, hostile girl and set out to
destroy the family," Martha Wilder
"Right away from the beginning,

Court kills posting of
Ten Commandments
on public school walls

il L i i , 61, p 1 { . G 'G l lG _ " - -- -
troubles. Martha Wilder said two of
Robert's and Linda's children were
raped by one of Linda's relatives. And
Linda's half-sister and mother were TONIGHT at
murdered by the half-sister's
boyfriend.'MP CMNM
Robert and Linda finally agreed to
divorce after having four children,
Martha Wilder said. Linda married 516 E. Liberty 994-5360
David Ruppert Jr. and had the three
Dr. Leslie J. Fisher
THURS. NOV. 20th-7:30 PM
Sponsored by the Pre-Professional Division
of Career Planning & Placement


From UPI'and AP
WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court
yesterday, by a one-vote margin,
struck down Kentucky's law ordering a
copy of the Ten Commandments be
posted in every public school classroom
in the state.
The ruling reversed a Kentucky
Supreme Court decision upholding the
display of the biblical moral directives
as having anon-religious purpose.
"THE PRE-EMINENT purpose for
posting the Ten Commandments on
schoolroom walls is plainly religious in
nature," the federal tribunal ruled.
In an unsigned opinion, the 5-4
majority said the Ten Commandments
"is undeniably a sacred text in the
Jewish and Christian faiths, and no
legislative recitation of a supposed
secular purpose can blind us to that
Yesterday's decision did not totally
ban the Ten Commandments from

public schools, just as the court's con-
troversial 1963 ruling did not ban all-
Bible reading from the schools.
"THIS IS NOT a case in which the
Ten Commandments are integrated in-
to the school curriculum, where the
Bible may constitutionally beused in an
appropriate study of history,
civilization, ethics, comparative
religion or the like," the court said.
"Posting of religious texts on the wall
serves no such educational function."
Voting to strike down the law were
Justices William Brenan, Byron White,,
Thurgood Marshall, Lewis Powell and
John Paul Stevens. Chief Justice
Warren Burger and Justice Harry
Blackmun dissented, voting irstead to
hold off any decision until examining
the arguments more closely.
Justices Potter Stewart and William
Rehnquist said the Kentucky Supreme
Court was right in upholding the law.

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City, agencies both
to blame in audits

(Continued from Page 1)
city lawyers can ignore the opinion, or
even prosecute.
"I don't know if they're going to be
reasonable about this," he said.
City administrator Terry Sprenkel
'said officials will react to the recom-
mendation sometime today. "It's not
all that cut and dried - some questions
have to be asked."

Latta said the Detroit General Coun-
cil of HUD had previously recommen-
ded the same opinion to Rampp, but, he
said, "that was suppressed.
"I read the same material the city at-
tornies read but my conclusion agrees
with HUD's," Latta said. "The city
came up with a different opinion-but
still they froze the funding."

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