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"He did last time. He attacked May 7
- the homicide of Christine
Gailbreath - and went all the way
until we had the latest attack over
there at Community High.
"He lays low, not because he's
trying to avoid capture but because
that's just the way his mind works,"
he added.
The task force hasn't released
4much information since the initial at-
tacks because of the investigation.
Police would not comment on DNA
testing of bodily fluids left on the
latest victim, whether they would be
able to learn more from a fingerprint
on the woman's possession, or if they
had a composite drawing in the works.
"There may be stuff we get that
we're not going to tell until the timing
is appropriate," Scheel said. "We've
appealed to the public in the past but
we've never actually put an open let-
ter out to the public like this."
Daly criticized the letter and ques-
tioned how effective it would be.
"I would look at the fine print and
see what they said in the letter," Daly
said. "If you can't determine that and
you're not getting any answers, that's
part of your news story."
Although the profile was com-
posed with the aid of the Michigan
State Police Behavioral Science Unit,
its value may be greatly overestimated.
"One is that it leads people to think
that we have a clear sense that certain
types of behavioral tendencies are as-
sociated with kinds of people who
routinely or who might engage in cer-
tain types of violent acts," Daly said.
'It makes it sound like a whole lot
more certain that anyone can ever
guess. Of course, psychological pro-
files are based on those people who are
" arrested and probably no doubt have
been interviewed in prison."
The psychological profile may not
- help further identify the suspect as
much as make it easier for an acquain-
tance of the suspect to step forward.
"One thing that strikes me about
the letter is that what's more impor-
tant is the first part rather than the list
of characteristics," Daly said. "What
Continued from page 1.
nity for getting involved in the fight
against domestic violence.
"I would hope that the task force
will be able to look beyond the situation
we have right now, past one person,"
Cain said, asking council members to
appoint long-term committees.
City Council passed a resolution
'last week to appoint a 19-member
Commission on Increasing Safety.
The committee will include represen-
tatives from the police department,
City Council, SAPAC, Assault Crisis
Center, Domestic Violence Project,
Michigan Student Assembly, Detroit
Edison, the University's Department
of Public Safety and seven Ann Arbor
"We can reflect a lot of different
kinds of expertise because we all have
different constituents," Cain said.
Fourth ward Democratic
Councilmember PeterNicolas said the

they're trying to do is to make it safe
for certain people with knowledge to
come forward. I think they're abso-
lutely right that it's going to be a
woman who has that information -
who knows this guy."
The serial rapist is described as a
Black man with a light complexion,
with short hair, between 25 and 35
years old, approximately 6 feet tall
and weighing nearly 170 pounds.
He was last seen wearing a light
purple "polo-type" short-sleeve knit
shirt and blue jeans.
"This psychological profile also
gives that impression that this looks
like a troubled, odd, deviant person
who we would be able to recognize in
our midst," Daly said. "He may just
seem like a regular person. It's mis-
leading - kind of 'demonizing' this
guy. Although clearly what his acts
are and what he's up to is certainly not
to be slighted or down played."
What is noticeable in the letter is
the appeal to female acquaintances of
the suspect.
"I think the appeal to the potential
women in this guy's life is a good
idea," Daly said. "I think that it sug-
gests the police are saying we can't do
this by ourselves and I think to the
extent that's the case, it's good. And
I think it also satisfies a certain kind
of legitimization function for the po-
lice. They have to look like they're
doing something."
Even though the police said who
was responsible for creating the let-
ter, they would not comment on the
phrasing of the letter - which ap-
peals to the sensitivities of the general
population rather than its fears.
Daly hypothesized on possible
"To make the person who knows
him not feel that they're turning the
person into jail for life - which they
are," Daly said. "To make it feel like
there's a sickness with this guy so that
they're doing something right by it,
by turning him in. That's why they're
using that language."
The task force asked that the letter
be printed in its entirety but refused to
go into detail about its origin.
"I think that it's a good thing that
you, the Daily, is releasing the infor-

Editors' note: The following open letter to the citizens of Arnn Arbor is
published at the request oftheAnn ArborArea Task Force, which includes
officers from the University's Department of Public Safety and the Ann
Arbor Police Department.
The Detectives assigned to the Ann Arbor Are Task Force investigat-
ing the sexual assaults and a homicide in Ann Arbor are asking for your
One of you is close to the man responsible for the attacks on these
You may be a mother, sister, wife, girlfriend, father or friend.
You may be afraid to help us because you think he will harm you.
We can help provide protection for you if you are willing to help us.
0 The man we are looking for has a violent temper and punishes
women for things that set him off.
0 He probably acts out his anger without realizing what he is doing.
R He probably has trouble talking about what bothers him and gets
angry because he cannot talk about his problems,
8 You may have noticed that his habits changed around the time of the
* Maybe he became withdrawn, quiet or sad.
* He may have been drinking more or using drugs.
8 He may be interested in reading the newspaper when he usually
8 Maybe he had trouble sleeping, forgot appointments or refused to
go to work.
Several women have been hurt and one has died.
This man cannot stop himself, and will not stop until he gets help.
It's time for you to help him. You must identify this man so he can get
help, and we can prevent other women from getting hurt,
Please call the Task Force at 994-9297.
Remember, we can help protect you if you will help us. Please call.
Thank You
Ann Arbor Task Force
Comprised of:
Ann Arbor Police Department
Michigan State Police
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department
University of Michigan Department of Public Safety

President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-Sam walk to the
second APEC summit in Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday.

mation but with certain types of cave-
ats about what's actually taking
place," Daly said. "That's the prob-
lem with these profiles. They create
demons out of regular people - at
least people that appear regular in
face-to-face encounters."

The letter was the latest effort to
involve the public in the investigation.
In August, police sent fliers to homes
on Ann Arbor's west side, where all
the attacks have occurred. Investiga-
tors have also routinely run taped an-
nouncements on local television.

meeting gave the council a rare oppor-
tunity to hear the public and consider
funding domestic violence prevention.
"It gives us a gauge for where the
public is," Nicolas said. "People seem
to like the idea of having police on the
street," Nicolas added..
Ann Arbor Tenants' Union Direc-
tor Pattrice Maurer rallied with other
women who claimed that the prob-
lems of society are direct causes of
"Racism, sexism and economic ex-
ploitation," Maurer shouted. "You can't
fight one without fighting the others."
MSA External Relations Commit-
tee chair Andrew Wright, an LSA
sophomore who recently lost in his
bid for City Council, spoke about the
city's participation in MSA's recent
walk-through ofcampus, which high-
lighted lighting and safety problems.
Wright and MSA Women's Is-
sues Commission chair Nicole Paradis
plugged for House Bill 5061, the Cam-
pus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of

Rights. MSA members plan to trek to
Lansing tomorrow to lobby for the
Many other students came to the
podium with concerns for their own
welfare. Some said they do not trust
the police or DPS to find the serial
rapist of solve the problem of domes-
tic violence.
"I think that relying on the police to
solve this problem is a bankrupt
policy," said LSA sophomore Jessica
Curtin. Curtin called the policies of the
Ann Arbor police "racist" and said
they would prevent Blacks from iden-
tifying a suspect for fear of further
racial prejudice within the department.
"There are hardly 500 Black men
at the University," Curtin said, citing
a figure released by the police that
estimates the number of people who
fit the composite compiled by the
department. "There is no way that
Black people are going to come to the
police department and report this,"
Curtin said.

Third-year Law student Alicia
Aiken represented the University's
Women in the Law clinic and read a
statement from Director Julie Field.
The clinic represented LSA sopho-
more Jennifer Ireland in a ongoing
custody battle that has been in the
national spotlight by alleging sexism
on the part of the courts and accused
Ireland's former boyfriend of domes-
tic violence.
"Batterers often use custody
battles," Aiken read. "In those cases,
children become tools to hurt the
former partner."
School of Music sophomore Emily
Berry attended the hearing and said
she thought the council's measures
will be effective. "I'm hoping that
there is diversity on the committee,"
said Berry, who is running for MSA.
"I think the biggest thing is to mobi-
lize people and get people involved."
The City Council also swore in
five council members and Mayor
Ingrid Sheldon last night.

Continued from page 1
"coddling dictators" in its policy to-
ward Beijing - sat stony-faced as
photographers shot the beginning of
the meeting with Jiang. Afterward, look-
ing equally grim, he said he had been
"as frank and forthright as possible"
about the differences between the two
In contrast, the main dispute to
emerge at yesterday's meeting was over
China's current and pressing drive to be
admitted to the new World Trade Orga-
nization, which will set the rules for
liberalized trade among the world's lead-
ing economic powers. The outcome
will determine the extent to which the
United States and other foreign compa-
nies can sell their products in China.
China wants to preserve some pro-
tection for its industries. It seeks to enter
the world trade system with some spe-
cial, more lenient conditions than apply
to the United States, Japan and Western
European nations, on grounds that it is
still a "developing country."
But Clinton told Jiang that in order
to enter the new trade group, China
would have to abide by what he called
"the basic rules" that apply to "any
other nation," according to U.S. offi-
cials at the meeting.
Clinton administration officials in-
sist that they are still pressing human
rights concerns with China. But Clinton
shifted course on his China policy last
May, when he abandoned the threat to
remove China's most-favored-nation
trading privileges in the United States.

Continued from page 1
end were timed to coincide with the
third anniversary of a shooting inci-
dent at a Dili cemetery where Indone-
sian troops killed an estimated 200
people during a funeral procession.
This weekend's violence deeply
embarrassed the Indonesian govern,
ment, which was hoping that the sum-
mit of the 18-nation Asia Pacific Eco-
nomic Cooperation forum would help
embellish its image. Instead, thou-
sands ofjournalists attending the con-
ference have given the human rights
problem more coverage than ever
Clinton told reporters yesterday that
the United States had been assured that
Indonesian authorities would not see*
retribution against 29 students who
scaled a fence at the U.S. Embassy
Saturday and have been holding a sit-in
demonstration ever since.
The students have told reporters
that they want to meet with Clinton or
Secretary of State Warren Christopher
to press their demands for the release
of Timorese guerrilla leader Jose
Xanana Gusmao, who is serving a 2
year prison sentence for his separatis
Clinton said the United States "had
no problem with these young people
coming and expressing their views in
our embassy grounds, and we've
talked with them and worked with
them." The embassy has been provid-
ing the students with food, water and
medical care.

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Continued from page 1
expressed interest in following Kan-
garoo Care - a nursing program in-
tended to keep premature babies warm.
Just as a kangaroo keeps her babies
warm in her pouch, Kangaroo Care
calls for the premature baby tobepressed
against the mother's skin, receiving her
body heat. Doctors say using this tech-
nique allows the mother and baby to

become familiar with each other.
The practice is not restricted to the
mother, though. As long as the baby is
held up to someone, perhaps even the
father, the same purpose of keeping the
baby warm is served. Because herhands
will literally be full, Mrs. Engler may
have to ask the governor for assistance.
Johnson said Mrs. Engler should
be able to return to Lansing later this
week, but is unsure when the babies
will join her at home.
"I anticipate if everything goes

well there's a good likelihood she
may be able to take some babies home
with her," Johnson said.
The governor's mother, Agnes
Engler, visited the family Monday.
Mrs. Engler's spokeswoman said
the new mother "is literally still all

smiles." She said the governor has
gone through five rolls of film.
"He wanted to go out to Meijer's
himself last night in the middle of the
night and have these developed," she
said, but state troopers talked him
into letting them do that.


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