College dean may be
victim of Iran hit squadi
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP)- Police
said yesterday they were pursuing an
anonymous tip that a college dean and
Bahai religious leader was stabbed to
death by an "Iranian hit squad."
"We have not confirmed anything on
the hit team. We have not ruled it out,"
Stamford Deputy Police Chief George
Mayer said yesterday. He said the in-
vestigation of the death of Daniel Jor-
dan was at "ground zero."
BUT PARKS Scott, a spokesman for
the U.S. Bahai headquarters in Wilmet-
te, Ill., said he believes there was no
connection between the slaying and
Jordan's position as co-chairman of the
faith's nine-member governing body,
the National Spiritual Assembly of
David Chigos, president of National
University in San Diego where Jordan
was dean of education, speculated that
he may have been the victim of a.
The body of Jordan, 50, was found
Saturday in a parking lot on the east
side of Stamford, a wealthy suburb
about 50 miles from New York City. His
body had been dumped in a pile of trash
and stripped of identification.
IT WAS Jordan's role as a national
leader of the Bahai faith that sparked
speculation he may have been killed for
A New York City police officer
received an anonymous tip saying an
Iranian group had been responsible for
the death, Mayer said.
Scott said followers of Bahai have
been persecuted in Iran since the
religion was established there during
the 19th century. Since Ayatollah
Khomeini came to power in late 1979,
Scott said, the persecution has stepped
up and 130 Bahai followers have been
Report charges U.S. ignored killings
Phillippe Bourgois, an American
graduate student who said he witnessed
government troops firing on peasants in
the district of Cabanas.
Despite the administration's attempt
to portray Bourgois' account as
guerrilla "propaganda," the House
report concluded, "no, intelligence"
existed to contradict Bourgois' claim
that he was with non-combatants."
About 38,000 people - mostly unarmed
civilians - have died in the political
violence that has wracked El Salvador
the past three years. Some human
rights groups have blamed government
forces and right-wing paramilitary
groups for up to 80 percent of the
FEW OF THE murders are in-
vestigated, but probes into the Decem-
ber 1980 slayings of four American
churchwomen and the January 1981
killings of two U.S. land reform ad-
visers led ultimately to confessions by
Salvadoran national guardsmen.
The Reagan administration has cer-
tified twice to Congress - once* in
January and once in July - that
the Salvadoran government was
making "a concerted and signiificant ef-
fort to comply with the internationally
recognized human rights."
THERE HAVE been no reports of
persecution of Bahai followers in the
United States, Scott said.
Jordan, the first American to recei',
a Rhodes Scholarship for music, visited
Iran and other countries in 1976 as an
educational consultant for the U.S.
State Department, Scott said. He did
not engage in any religious activities
while in Iran, Scott said.
Jordan's body was found about 11
a.m. Saturday but was not identified for
several days. His wife, Nancy, flew to
Stamford from San Diego on Wed-
nesday and confirmed the identity of
her husband's body.
HE HAD BEEN scheduled to address
the New York University Alumni Club
on Saturday morning.
The last time he was heard from was
in a telephone call to an unidentified
associate about 8 p.m. Friday after
arriving on a flight to LaGuardia Air-
port that landed about 5 p.m. Jordan,
had said he would meet the associate at
the club the next morning, police said.
But after that police had no leads on,
where Jordan went, what he did, or how,
his body wound up in Stamford, Deputy'
Chief Mayer said.
He said he could not confirm earlier;
reports that Jordan had been killed;
elsewhere and dumped in Stamford.
A preliminary afitopsy showed that
Jordan died of a single knife wound to
the neck and had been dead at least
nine hours when found.
Chigos, who thought a mugger might;
be responsible, said Jordan was "a
very well-dressed man. He looked like?
a prosperous man, the sort of person
that a person would see and think:
'There's a 'guy who's got a lot of
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