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6peakers urge
city to address
domestic abuse
By MATTHEW SMART
and MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
Daily Staff Reporters
In an emotional appeal urging the city to better address
domestic violence, 45 speakers told the City Council not
to ignore sexual assault during a public hearing last night.
More than 200 students and local residents filled the
council chambers to capacity as they listened to the
testimony, much of it emotional. Some speakers recalled
being raped and one man expressed remorse after assault-
ing his wife.
Julia Bayna, an Ann Arbor resident, who told of her
n rape, said that waiting to speak was no trouble
"because I've been waiting for quite a while for this sort
of action."
Rick Liska, a long-time Ann Arbor resident, said he
had assaulted his wife on numerous occasions and that
police had "asked questions that made it easy for me to get
away with it."
"My male privilege was a gift that I could abuse to any r=
extent I felt necessary," Liska said.
Members of many campus and community domestic {
Wlence awareness groups were also on hand to speak out
against rape, battering and brutality against women and
children.
The meeting was spurred by community concern over V
a yet-uncaptured serial rapist. Most constituents said their K
primary concern was not the serial rapist, but rather the
actions of rapists and batterers who commit violent crimes
every day across the country.
"This is not a women's issue. This is primarily a men's '
issue in the community here," said Charles Kiefer, direc- ..
* of the SOS Community Crisis Center. "This was a
psis yesterday and it will be a crisis tomorrow." Onis Cheathans,
Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center Di- a capacity crowd
rector Deborah Cain praised the council and the commu- women's fear is
See VIOLENCE, Page 2 rather the rapists
Michigan's first lad:
DBy Staff REEN"E Englers, babies mz
Congratulations for Gov. John
Engler and his wife, Michelle, have - Margaret, Hannah and Madeline
been pouring in since Michigan's first - are doing extremely well after un-
lady delivered triplets prematurely dergoing a Caesarian section five
Sunday. Yesterday, children in the weeks early.
pediatrics ward of the University's "They had a little bit of trouble in
Mott Children's Hospital sent Mrs. the first 12 hours with the kinds of
Engler a large, hand-colored card things we expect, and now they're
wishing her good luck. perfectly fine," said Dr. Timothy
Mrs. Engler and her new additions Johnson, who is chairman of the Ob-
U.S., China agree
on steps toward

peace in N. Korea
Los Angeles Times
JAKARTA, Indonesia, - Presi- Demonstrators
dent Clinton met yesterday with Chi-
nese President Jiang Zemin for the protest huim an
second time in a year, and the two
indicated that they are working closely regrht abuses,
l deeply divided over economic Los Angeles Times
and trade disputes. JAKARTA, Indonesia - Hu-
U.S. officials characterized the man rights intruded into the sum-
meeting as "businesslike and mit of Asian leaders yesterday, with
friendly." The upbeat tone represented scores of demonstrators arrested in
an extraordinary change from a year the disputed territory of East Timor
ago, when Clinton and Jiang met for and President Clinton interceding
the first time at the inaugural Asia- for students holding a protest in the
Pacific Economic Cooperation sum- U.S. Embassy compound here.
mit in Seattle. At that time, the two About 600 people were reported'
,,ntries were preoccupied with U.S. to have rioted at the University in
'nmplaints about repression and hu- East Timor yesterday, throwing
man rights violations in China, stones at police after a scuffle be-
Yesterday, prior to the APEC's tween a student and a street vendor.
second meeting, the two seemed to be The violence marked the third
in accord to press for new talks soon day of unrest in East Timor, 1,200
between North and South Korea. That miles east of Jakarta. A former Por-
would represent an important step tuguese colony, the territory was
toward putting into effect the recently annexed by Indonesia in 1975 and
signed agreement under which North has been the scene of frequent eth-
area is to stop developing nuclear nic violence between Roman Catho-
'pons- lic Timorese and predominantly
Administration officials have been Muslim Indonesian settlers and sol-
eager to demonstrate that they diers.
coooperate closely with China in their . News agency reports from Dili,
policy toward North Korea, because the capital of Timor, quoted au-
China is the only country with any thorities as saying that more than
leverage over the Pvnngvna reoirn O l .. . a .

e aan
One hundred four years of editorial freedom

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Letter seeks help
in nabbing rapist

By FRANK C. LEE
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ann Arbor Area Task Force pleaded
with city residents to help them capture a serial
rapist in the form of an open letter released
yesterday.
"Basically the task force feels that someone
out there knows who the perpetrator is," said
Sgt. Phil Scheel, spokesman for the Ann Arbor
Police Department. "We're just hoping that this
letter will prompt whoever has not yet come
forward to speak to us - to do so and help us
solve the case."
Police have been searching for a man be-
lieved to be responsible for five rapes and six
attempted rapes on the city's west side in the
past two years. A victim died as a result of one
of the assaults.
Police have received more than 900 tips, of
which nearly 300 have come in following the
most recent attack of a 41-year-old Ann Arbor
woman on Oct. 13. Thus far, 253 of 550 sus-
pects have been cleared.
The reward for information leading to the
identification and arrest of the individual was
recently raised to $100,000 but that has not led
to any solid leads.
Michigan State Police Sgt. David Minzey
and the Federal Bureau of Investigation crafted
the behavioral profile of the suspect that ap-
pears in the letter.
"Last spring-early summer was when the
profile was initially developed," Scheel said.
"We're just reminding people of (the rapist's
characteristics) and trying to pick out the ones
that are most likely going to manifest them-
selves in the behavior of the perpetrator to those

The Investigation
Ann Arbor police detectives are
working on a number of aspects in
their search for the serial rapist they
believe is responsible for 12 attacks
including:
fingerprint analysis from the
possessions of the latest victim,
0 DNA testing from bodily fluids left on
victim, and
a composite drawing of the serial
rapist.
See Page 2 for the text of the letter
released by police yesterday.
that might know him."
Sociology Prof. Kathleen Daly, whose area
of expertise is crime, justice and punishment,
warned that the broad profile stated in the letter
could come from biased sources.
"This kind of appeal to the community has,
I think, a very positive aspect," Daly said. "As
a general kind of policy, appeals to the commu-
nity might help ... offer more ears and eyes than
just the police investigation. On the down side,
any profile list is always a problem because you
can't say certain types of acts - in the case of
stranger-rapes' - are always associated with
these kind of men."
The task force does not believe the suspect
will stop sexually assaulting women on his own
accord.
"He does lay low for awhile," Scheel said.
See LETTER, Page 2

JOSH KOLEVZON/Daily
a graduate student in the School of Social Work, speaks to
in the City Council chambers yesterday. Cheathans said
not what prevents them from walking alone at night, but
themselves and their brutal crimes.

y recovering, triplets doing tine
go home to Lansing later this week from the governor - a dozen long-
onieansig Sstemmed red roses with three yellow

t

stetrics and Gynecology department
at the University Hospitals.
By I p.m. yesterday, all three girls
were breathing on their own. They
remain on heart and breathing moni-
tors, standard precautions for prema-
turely-born children.
"These triplets have been as nor-
mal as can possibly be. They are nor-

mal, healthy triplets. Everyone is
happy about that," Johnson said.
Mrs. EnglerwhohashadGov. Engler
at her side since Sunday, was pronounced
in good condition yesterday and has
faced minimal complications. She held
the babies Sunday night and has visited
with them regularly, on the hour.
She woke up Monday to a gift

ones in the middle.
The governor assumed his fatherly
duties from the start. Nurses reported
that he has changed diapers and can
tell the girls, who are not identical,
apart. Engler told a nurse he thinks
one already has curly hair.
Mrs. Engler will begin breast feed-
ing as soon as possible and has also
See TRIPLETS, Page 2

DINO BONES

AP PHOTO
Gov. John Engler sits with Hannah,
one of his daughters.
storm hits
Haiti, kills
at least 100
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP)
- Heavy rains and flooding from
Tropical Storm Gordon swept across
Haiti yesterday, killing at least 100
people, triggering landslides and
washing away makeshift homes in
the slums of the capital.
Terrified people fled their homes
in the early morning darkness as flood-
waters poured in. Some spent the night
huddled on their rooftops in the down-
pour.
By the time the skies cleared, thou-
sands of people were left homeless.
"I didn't save anything, only my-
self," said Lekeas Dorvilier, 35, who
jumped out the window of his two-
room home minutes before it crumbled
into a ravine.
Bodies lay in the sun in some
neighborhoods. Many of the victims
lived in flimsy tin shacks on hillsides.
Rescue workers said they expected
the death toll to climb.
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
flew over his battered nation in a U.S.
military helicopter to survey damage
from the 1994 Atlantic hurricane
season's deadliest storm.
See HAITI, Page 7

MICHAEL FITZHUGH/Daily
Jason Head, an LSA senior and assistant preparator at the Museum of Natural History, displays a jawbone of a
Rhodocetus.
Republicans prearetolaunch
series of probes of White House;

WASHINGTON (AP) - Armed
with newly won authority to impose
the rules and issue subpoenas, con-
gressional Republicans are preparing
investigations of the Clinton admin-
istration that will range from
Whitewater to the White House travel
office.

"This will not be a witch hunt,"
promised D'Amato (R-N.Y.) who is
ready to assume command of the Sen-
ate Banking Committee and its
Whitewater probe.
GOP lawmakers have often ac-
cused Democratic committee chair-
men of cookino the rnles to frustrate

bent the truth in their accounts of the
firings.
The White House's drug con-
trol strategy, which, according to
many Republicans, has been severely
downgraded since former President
Bush left office.
The need to reoronize the ex-

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