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Alaskan man admits to slayings
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 44-year-old baker
who grew up with a "severe inferiority complex with
girls" has confessed to slaughtering at least 17
women and raping 30 others in the worst mass mur-
der case in Alaska history, prosecutors say.
Robert Hansen, described by District Attorney Vic-
tor Krumm as a "monster," was sentenced Monday
to life in prison without parole. The bakery owner,
who has a wife and two children, confessed during in-
terviews last week in a conference room packed with
prosecutors, investigators and police.
DRUMM SAID Hansen admitted his decade-long
crime spree to avoid the embarrassment of a long
police investigation and trial.
"He got off on the killing, but he didn't like people
talking about him," Drumm said yesterday. "He's a
cold-blooded, remorseless man."
Officers said he calmly described killing 17 nude
dancers, prostitutes and other women over the past
decade and raping 30 others, and outlined his ex-
periments with handcuffs, elastic bandages and
chains as restraints.
THE SKULL of one exhumed body was swathed
completely with an elastic bandage, Krumm said.
Only four bodies have been found.
"There was no human sitting there in the room with
us. Monster. That's a good term for him," said
Prosecutors fear there may be more bodies in
remote snow-covered graves marked on three
aviation charts discovered in Hansen's bedroom, car
and plan. Two charts had 17 small Xs; the third con-
"WE THINK he gave us the areas where bears or
people might find the bodies," Krumm said. "We
believe that there is a good possibility that all the
'There was no human sitting
there in the room with us.
Monster. That's a good term
- Victor Krumm
marks on the third map coincide with victims."
Hansen hauled some of the victims to their graves
in his Piper Super Cub plane, equipped with oversize
tires to get in and out of virtually inaccessible areas.
Hansen grew up in the small northwest Iowa com-
munity of Pocahontas and told investigators that as a
boy, "he developed a severe inferiority complex with
girls. He had bad acne and stuttered. He was attrac-
ted to girls and was frustrated immensely. He was
rejected uniformly," Krumm said.
"WHEN HE grew up he decided it was his turn."
The gravesites are scattered from Seward to the
Susitna River, with "the bulk of the gravesites along
the Knik River," Krumm said.
"Two girls have been missing in the Resurrection
Bay area since 1973. We know he was down there with
a boat at that time. We feel the bodies are in the water
and he knows we'll never find them," Krumm said.
Two of the bodies found were unearthed by bears
and the others were found by hunters. A .223-caliber
Ruger Mini-14 rifle belonging to Hansen was declared
the murder weapon in two of the killings.
HANSEN HAD been in custody since last fall,
charged with attempted kidnapping and assault after
a teen-age prostitute said he raped her and tried to
take her away in his airplane.
The investigation stalled for several months after a
friend and another person provided Hansen with a
phony alibi. One of the two later recanted before a
Scan danavian jet slides into N. Y. creek
NEW YORK (AP) - A Scandinavian
Airlines jumbo jet carrying 177 people
skidded off a Kennedy Airport runway
into a 12-foot-deep creek while landing
yesterday in drizzle and fog. Officials
said nine people suffered minor in-
Some passengers were forced to
jump from a door of the DC-10 and
swim to safety, according to Tom
Young, spokesman for the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey,
which operates the airport.
HE SAID others escaped by jumping
down chutes or walking on a wing and
climbing down a ladder.
Young said the plane ended up sub-
merged to its engines in 10 to 12 feet of
water after the accident at 4:15 p.m.
The plane was carrying 163
passengers and a crew of 14 on a flight
from Stockholm, Sweden, via Oslo,
EIGHT people were taken to the air-
port medical center for treatment of
cuts and bruises or exposure, and a
woman who complained of chest pains
was taken to nearby Peninsula general
Hospital for observation, said center
director Dr. Leon Star.
He said many people were "cold and
shivering," including a Port Authority
police officer who jumped into the
water to pull passengers to safety.
Young said the unhurt passengers
were taken to a lounge on the third floor
'of the airport's west wing, where they
were being processed by Customs of-
Herb Bauer, spokesman for the
airline, said the cause of the accident
"was most likely hydroplaning" -
skidding on the wet surface.
Credit card user
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate, brushing aside what
one member called enthusiastic, heavy lobbying by the
credit industry, voted yesterday to permit merchants to
charge higher prices to people paying with credit cards.
Sent to the House on a voice vote was legislation that would
authorize businesses to impose surcharges of up to 5 percent
on purchases made with plastic money if the fees are clearly
THE ACTION came about 18 hours after the expiration of a
10-year-old federal ban on surcharges. Proponents of sur-
charges said the legislation is necessary to ensure that extra
fees do not violate federal and state usury laws.
s may pay more
Shortly after passing the surcharge bill, the Senate voted
84-0 for a stopgap measure that would reinstitute the ban
through May 15 in order to give the House time to hold
hearing on the issue.i
Opponents of extra fees, led by Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, (R-
N.Y.), pushed an amendment to make the ban permanent,
but they were trounced 66-22.
D'Amato succeeded, however, in getting the surcharge ad-
vocates to agree to language that would give states three
years to ban the extra fees or limit maximum surcharges to
less than 5 percent.
Complied from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Court to review Upjohn appeal
of chemical castration sentence
LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Court of Appeals yesterday agreed to
hear Upjohn heir Roger Guantlett's challenge to his "chemical castration"
sentence for molesting his 14-year-old stepdaughter.
The matter, however, could be resolved on jurisdictional grounds, rather
than the protriety of the actual sentence itself, which may have been the fir-'
st of its kind in Michigan.
The appeals court order blocked the chemical treatment ordered by a
Kalamazoo County judge, but did not affect the incarceration of the Upjohn-
Gauntlett, 42, pleaded no contest to first-degree criminal sexual conduct
for molesting his stepdaughter.
Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge Robert Borsos stirred a nationwide con-
troversey by sentencing Gauntlett to undergo five years of treatment with a
drug designed to diminish his sex drive. Gauntlett was ordered to spend the
first year of the five-year probation in jail.
Iraq claims victory over Iran
NICOSIA, Cyprus - Iraq claimed yesterday it had won the biggest victory,
of the three-and-a half-year war by crushing an Iranian offensive and
driving Iranian forces back across the border near the southern city of
"Iraq's flag was hoisted at the last fortified position held by the Iranians at
the Iraqi village of al Beidha ... and all enemy forces have been crushed ex-
cept for those who surrendered," a battle commander said in a cable to
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The contents of the cable were broadcast-
by the official Iraqi News Agency and monitored in Cyprus.
Iran issued no new reports on the fighting near Basra, Iraq's second
largest city. But Iraq claimed more than 30,000 Iranians were killed in three
days of fighting near the city.
The claims could not be independently verified. Western reporters are
rarely allowed to go into the Iran-Iraq war zones.
Iran, reported a victory for its troops 90 miles north of Basra, at Iraq's
Majnoon Island, five miles from the border. Iran's official Islamic Republic
News Agency said Iraqi soldiers had fled after an intense battle at Majnoon.
Governors offer deficit strategy
WASHINGTON - With partisan politics very much in the foreground, the
nation's governors voted 28-10.yesterday to recommend a federal deficit,
cutting plan than could call for both spending cuts and tax increases.
After three days of listening to experts and politicians on both sides of the
volatile deficit issue, the National Governors Association spent two hours
debating a plan to cut the expected 1989 deficit from a projected $308 billion
to $120 billion.
The governor's association has 35 Democrats and 15 Republicans, but the
final vote, unlike the debate, was bipartisan.
The resolution was controversial because it called for a combination of
spending curbs on both federal benefit programs and the military, and tax
increases in about equal proportions. Many congressional Democrats feel
the benefit programs have been out enough. President Reagan says the
defense budget cannot be safely cut and tax hikes would-cripple recovery.
The basic program proposed by the governors was approved at their Por-
tland, Maine, meeting last summer, but the new version contained some ad-
Soviets call U.S. defense 'sinister'
MOSCOW - The Soviet Union charged yesterday that the Reagan ad-
ministration is watching a "truly sinister" plot to equip more than 100 F-15
jet fighters with anti-satellite weapons and deploy them as a large-scale
The Communist Party daily newspaper Pravda and the military
newspaper Krasnava Zvezda (Red Star) said the Pentagon plans to convert
the jet into "Star Wars" defense systems increasing the danger
of nuclear war.
Both superpowers agreed under the ABM treaty not to deploy anti-ballistic
missile systems so neither side would be encouraged to fire a first nuclear
strike in the belief the other side could not retaliate.
The Defense Department testified an unarmed version in January and
both Soviet newspapers complained the test showed the United States was
not paying heed to the Soviet proposal.
"Of a truly sinister character are the plans for the creation by 1987 of more
than 100 anti-satellite systems," said Red Star. "Practically any F-15 air-
craft can be swiftly turned into an anti-satellite weapon."
Pravda urged the United States to join the Soviet Union in reaching an
agreement "prohibiting the use of force both in outer space and from outer
space against the earth."
Bomb explodes in Israeli store
JERUSALEM - A terrorist bomb made of hand grenades exploded in the
doorway of a men's clothing store on a busy downtown Jerusalem street
yesterday, sending shrapnel flying through the air and wounding 21 people.
A police spokesman said two of the four hand grenades wired together and
wrapped in a plastic shopping bag blew up in the doorway of Avi's Men's
Clothing Store on Jaffa Road, a main thoroughfare in Jewish West
The blast in the bustling commercial center came during morning shop-
ping hours. It was the worst attack since Dec. 6 when a bomb destroyed a
city bus, killing five people and wounding 42 others.
In Amman, Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat praised
the attack and a Damascus spokesman for a radical PLO faction claimed
responsibility for staging it.
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A clock and a microwave oven were
stolen from Delta Delta Delta sorority
house on 718 Tappan sometime during
Spring break last week, said Ann Arbor
Police Sgt. Harold Tinsey. There are no
suspects and the case is currently un-
der investigation, Tinsey said. The
items were valued at less than $300.
A man attempted to sexually assault a
women in the parking lot of Briarwood
shopping center at 3:50 p.m. Monday,
Tinsey said. The woman told police that
while she was getting into her car near
Hudson's, a white male in his late twen-
ties approached the car and exposed
himself to the woman. He then grabbed
the woman and forced her up against
the car. When she resisted, the suspect
fled and drove away in a 1984 van. The
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- Nancy Gottesman
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ter in Kansas City, Kans.
Many homes on the Great Lakes
shores in lower Michigan had to be
evacuated yesterday as.40-mph winds
pushed ice ashore that piledup to the
Politicians in New Hampshire ex-
pressed concern that snow would cut
voter turnout by as much as 20 to 30
IN ROMULUS, police said looters
were breaking into the stalled cars.
"It's a madhouse," said police Sgt.
Schools, offices and factories
remained closed in a second day of
Wednesday, February 29, 1984
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