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2A - Wednesday, October 29, 2008
MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

Serial killings shock campus

About forty years ago, between
1967 and 1969, the University of
Michiganand theAnnArborcom-
munity at large were terrorizedby
a series of brutal murders.
Seven young women in the
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area,
including three enrolled at the
University of Michigan, were
sexually assaulted and either
strangled, shot, or beaten to
death. Their bodies were found
mutilated. Because many of the
victims were students at the Uni-
versity or Eastern Michigan Uni-
versity, the case became known
as the "Co-Ed Murders."
Judith Avery, a librarian at the
Hatcher Graduate Library and
resident of Ann Arbor at the time
of the murders, said the killings
made everyone in the city anx-
ious.
"College age women were dis-
CRIME NOTES

appearing and then showing up
dead somewhere," she said. "We
didn't know how or why they
disappeared, and everyone was
edgy."
Police began a frantic search
for the killer, which lasted two
years and became more widely
criticized as time passed with no
arrests. The seventh and last mur-
der, that of Karen Sue Beineman,
a freshman at Eastern Michigan
University, provided the police
with enough evidence to lead to
the arrest of John Norman Col-
lins, a senior at Eastern Michigan
University studying elementary
education.
On July 31, 1969, police arrest-
ed Collins for the murder of
Beineman. Collins' trial begun
on June 2, 1970 in Washtenaw
County Trial Court and stretched
through that summer until the

jury found him guilty on August
19,1970.
He was sentenced to life in
prison that year, a term he is still
serving in Marquette Branch
Prison.
Although Collins was sus-
pected of having killed all seven
women, he was only everdefini-
tively linked him to Beineman.
An account of the deaths lead-
ing up to Collins' arrest, "The
Michigan Murders," was writ-
ten in 1976 by Edward Keyes. The
book was later adapted into the
1977 film "Now I Lay Me Down
to Sleep," which was partially
filmed in Ann Arbor.
Collins, who still claims his
innocence, tried to escape from
prison in 1979 by digging a two-
foot-wide tunnel more than 19
feet underneath the prison.
AMY MUNSLOW

Police escort Joho Norman Collios after toe was arrested is July of
1969 for the murder of tastern Michigan University student Karen
Sue Beineman. Though never convicted, Collins is also suspected in
the murders of six other women between 1967 and 1969.

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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Pizza Hut

no suspects.

robber nabbed 'U' sign pelted

WHERE: Michigan Union
WHEN: Monday at about10l
WHAT: UniversityPolice
arrested a subject for attempt-
ing to steal $350 from the reg-
ister of the Michigan Union's
Pizza Hut. The attempted theft
was discovered on Wednesday
at around 9:30 a.m. Police are
investigatingthe incident.

with paint
WHERE: Fresh Air Camp,
5644 Doyle Rd.,
WHEN: Monday at about10:30
WHAT: An unknown subject
fired a paintball gun at a Uni-
versity sign, University Police
reported. The paint washed off.

Tutu lecture
WHAT: The 18th annual
Wallenberg Lecture, deliv-
ered by South African activist
and Nobel laureate Desmond
Tutu
WHO: Wallenberg Endow-
ment
WHEN: Tonight at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium
Guitar Hero
tournament
WHAT: A Guitar Hero III
video game tournament
WHO: University Unions
Arts and Programs
WHEN: Tonight, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Billards and Games
Room, Michigan Union
Budgeting 101
workshop
WHAT: A seminar about
creating a budget.

WHO: University Unions
Arts and Programs
WHEN: Today from noon to
1 p.m.
WHERE: U-Club, Michigan
Union
Panel on Arican
internships
WHAT: A panel of University
graduate students will dis-
cuss their experiences intern-
ing in Africa.
WHO: Ford School of Public
Policy, the Career Center
WHEN: Today from noon to
WHERE: Room 1110, Weill
Hall
CORRECTIONS
0 A story in yesterday's
Daily (Without a house, an
unusual Greek life) misiden-
tified the Alpha Gamma
Delta sorority.
Please report any error in
the Daily to corrections@
michigandaily.com.

Computer stolen Man backs car
into pole, breaks
frombuiling rear window

AFrench scientist yesterday
unveiled the "smart heart,"
an artificial heart that beats
like the real organ, The Times
reported. The heart's devel-
oper, Alain Carpentier, said he
hopes the device will be ready
to implant in patients within
three years.
Last month, five-term
Democratic Sen. Carl
Levin had 35 times more
cash on hand than challenger
Jack Hoogendyk.
saFOR MORE, SEE
THE STATEMENT, PAGE 6B
Campaign staff for Zane
Starkewolf, a republican
challenger in a Califor-
nia congressional race, have
pulled a robo-call after com-
plaints that it was too risky,
CBS13 reported. The call
began with a female whisper-
ing, "Mike Thompson has been
a bad boy."

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WHERE: Kraus Building
WHEN: Monday, at about 2 p.m.
WHAT: A Dell desktop com-
puter owned by the Univer-
sity was taken from the Kraus
building sometime between
Sept. 26 and Oct.10 University
police reported. The computer
was left unlocked and was val-
ued at over $400. Police have

WHERE: Parking Lot N-8, 900
Huron Street
WHEN: Monday at about3:40
p.m.
WHAT: A subject backed his
car into an iron pole, causing
his rear window to break, Uni-
versity police reported. The
man was not injured.

Snow storm slams Northeast

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coverage.

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