The Michigan Daily-Thursday, December 2, 1982-Page 5
Tylenol suspect sent to
Chicago for questioning
LOS ANGELES (AP)- Kevin John Masterson, sought for
questioning in the Tylenol poisoning case, was ordered back
to Illinois yesterday after he waived extradition.
Masterson 35, appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom after
spending the night in a padded cell, the result of a violent in-
cident in which he became enraged, scuffled with jailers and
smashed the toilet in his jail cell.
BUT APPEARING before Municipal Court Judge Michael
Tynan, the sandy-haired mechanic was calm and spoke sof-
tly as he acknowledged that he had been apprised of his right
to fight extradition.
"I think I understand it, yes," Masterson said as the judge
allowed him to read through the formal waiver he had just
The judge turned him over to two Illinois investigators in
the courtroom and told Masterson, "Good luck to you, sir.'
Masterson left the courthouse under an armed escort, and
police department spokesman Pat Connolly said he spent last
night in Parker Center, Los Angeles' city jail.
A SOURCE with knowledge of the investigation said he
would return to Chicago on a flight about midday today.
Upon arrival at O'Hare International Airport, Masterson is
expected to meet with his attorney and then travel to subur-
ban Wheaton, the Du Page County, Ill. seat, and post bail on
the marijuana charge.
However, the source said it was "unlikely" Masterson
would be tried on either the marijuana charge or a federal
charge of flight to avoid prosecution "because those were
simply hooks to catch him on.
"SINCE HE'S agreed to be questioned-which is what they
wanted him for in the first place-it's unlikely they'll go
through with either charge," the source said.
Masterson was sought by Chicago authorities because of
statements he allegedly made linking himself to the seven
deaths from cyanide-tainted capsules of Extra-Strength
He walked into the Los Angeles FBI office on Monday and
volunteered to be interviewed. He was turned over to city
policy Tuesday and was booked on a fugitive warrant related
to the marijuana charge.
Illinois FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Hayes said he and an
agent of the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement flew to
Los Angeles on Tuesday night when they heard of the arrest.
Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS
Civil settlement in rape case
Clouds glide over the full blue moon last night, providing a halo effect for the glowing round ball. A blue moon occurs
only once every 34 months when a full moon occurs twice in the same month. The current full moon began on Tuesday.
Doctors: Starch blockers useless
BOSTON (AP) - Starch blockers,
the fad diet pills banned by federal
regulators, fail to live up to claims that
they enable people to eat starchy food
and lose weight too, a study concludes.
Researchers found that the pills do
nothing to keep dieters from absorbing
the calories in the food they eat..
AT THE HEIGHT of the pills'
popularity earlier this year, Americans
were taking more than 1 million a day,
enticed by the notion that they culd eat
potatoes and pasta and still lose flab.
According to their backers, the pills
block the digestion and absorption of
starch. But the study, published in
,today's New England Journal of
Medicine, says the idea was too good to
be true - and was not.
'We conclude that starch blocker
tablets do not inhibit the digestion and
absorption of starch calories in human
beings," the researchers wrote.
HOWEVER, the physician who
discovered starch blockers criticized
the study and said it does not prove they
The Food and Drug Administration
said the experiment was the first con-
trolled clinical trial of starch blockers
in humans. An earlier study -In rats
showed that the pills may damage the
'I am convinced that starch blocker tablets
do not work the way they were advertised
-Dr. George Bo-Linn,
LANSING (UPI)- A rape victim's
attorney says a record $2 million civil
judgment against the woman's at-
tacker is a strong statement against
sexual assault, even though his client
likely will never collect a penny.
serving time for a rape conviction in the
case, never even appeared duringthe
bizarre, Ingham County Circuit Court
trial, nor was he represented by an at-
BUT HIS 21-year-old victim, urged by
her attorney Camille Abood, did appear
and testified about the physical and
psychological havoc wreaked by Sim-
Tammy Jakovac of Lansing was
raped on March 22, 1981 while working
at a convenience store on the city's
south side. Simmons beat, kicked and
choked her, slashed her neck with a
broken bottle and warned "You're
going to die."
In an emotional court appearance,
during which she twice broke down, Ms.
Jakovac told the jury she was unable to
work for 18 months after the attack,
afraid to be seen in public and unnerved
by confined situations.
SHIE SAID she has moved back in
with her mother and given up social
pursuits such as horseback riding,
skating and "going out" which she en-
The doctors, headed by Dr. George
Bo-Linn of Baylor University Medical
Center in Dallas, based their findings
on the way five people digested
spaghetti dinners after taking the pills.
"I AM convinced that starch blocker
tablets do not work the way they were
advertised to work," Bo-Linn said in an
More than 200 brands of starch
blockers poured onto the market over
the past two years. The pills are made
from kidney beans and contain a
substance known as phaseolamin,
which inhibits the activity of amylase, a
body enzyme necessary for the
digestion of starches.
In July, the FDA ruled that starch
blockers are drugs, not food, and or-
against sexual assault
dered them off the market until their
safety and effectiveness could be
proven. Twenty pill makers went to
court to try to stop the FDA, but a
federal judge in Chicago ruled in Oc-
tober that the agency could keep the
pills from being sold.
TEN OTHER promoters - are
challenging the FDA in New York and
are still producing and selling the pills.
"As a practical matter, starch
blockers are still in stores all over the
country," said Bruce Brown, an FDA
spokesman in Washington.
So far, the FDA has seized $838,000
worth of the pills and destroyed an ad-
ditional $1.6 million worth that were
voluntarily given up by the makers.
joyed before the assault.
Lansing psychologist Mary Jane
Keller testified the woman will bear
mental scars from the incident for the
rest of her life.
Abood said he convinced his client to
go ahead with the trauma of the suit
"because we want to make a public
statement to people who perpetrate
rape and assault.
"WE WANT to stress that a criminal
conviction and prison sentence arenot
the only resources the law may take in
these cases; we know that this defen-
dant probably will never have to pay a
cent of judgment, but maybe it will
make others think twice," he said.
"The jury has made a statement: 'If
you do this in Ingham County, this is
what happens to you.' "
The jury Tuesday awarded Ms.
Jakovac $300,000 for assault, $700,000
for battery and $1 million in exemplary
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damages for "humiliation, em-
barrassment and mortification."
It was the largest civil verdict in
Ingham County history.
Doctors to implant permanent artificial heart
SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) - The man
selected to receive the first artificial
heart designed to keep a person alive
indefinitely is more than his pioneering
team of doctors dared hope for, a 'Un-
iversity of Utah spokesman said
The 61-year-old Seattle man meets all
the minimum requirements for the
historic operation, "plus he's a bright,
articulate, knowledgeable candidate
who understands the importance of this
operation and who wants to make a co-
ntribution to the advancement of scien-
ce," university officials said.
THE OPERATION, scheduled for 10
a.m. EST today, will replace the
patient's dying heart with a
polyurethane pump designed by
Dr. Chase Peterson, vice president
for university health services, said
there was a chance the surgery could
take place sooner if the man's condition
worsened. Peterson said the patient
was in good physical condition except
for his deteriorated heart and an
associated fluid buildup.
Medical Center spokesman John
Dwan said the patient, whose name was
withheld, was in critical condition in the
hospital coronary care unit.
The patient has suffered from
congestive heart failure for three
years. He checked into the research
hospital Monday when his condition
The implanting of the Jarvik-7 heart
will be the world's third artificial heart
implant, but the first in which it is
designed to keep the patient alive in-
Two similar implants were perfor-
med in Houston by Dr. Denton Cooley,
who used the devices as an extended
heart-lung machine until human heart
transplants could be performed. In
each case, the patients survived on the
artificial hearts but rejected the tran-
splanted human organs and died.
The Utah patient has signed two con-
sent forms acknowledging his
willingness to be tethered to an air
pump that drives the polyurethane
Under Food and Drug Administration
guidelines, he must sign the separate
consent forms at least 24 hours apart.
Dwan said the identity of the patient
was withheld to give him the oppor-
tunity to change his mind at the last
minute without public pressure.
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Blanchard claims right.
to replace dead judge
LANSING (UPI) - Gov.-elect James
Blanchard's legal aide said yesterday
his boss has the authority to replace the
late Michigan Supreme Court Justice
Blair Moody, but he insisted the matter
can be resolved "amicably."
Advisers to Gov. William Milliken
have insisted the lame duck Republican
has the right to name a successor to
serve through the end of 1984.
Moody, who won election to a new,
eight-year term on Nov. 2, died early
last Friday morning of a heart attack.
His death less than two months
before the end of his existing term and
the end of Milliken's tenure as governor
has raised some thorny legal questions.
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