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Page 10-Wednesday, July 9, 1980--The Michigan Daily


One desert

TUCSON, Ariz. (UPD-One of the survivors of a
desert ordeal in which 13 El Salvadorans died may
have been a part of the alien smuggling operation, a
Border Patrol official said yesterday.
Fourteen other aliens, mostly dazed and delirious
from heat and lack of water, were rescued over the
weekend from rugged desert terrain in the 516-square
mile Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,
RON JOHNSON, assistant shift patrol agent of the
Border Patrol, said one of the survivors is under
suspicion of smuggling. The man's nationality will
not be disclosed "until we're prepared to arrest the
man for the act," he said.
Johnson said interviews with the Spanish-speaking
survivors were just about completed and said if the
patrol makes any arrests, it will only be on
smuggling-related charges. Any prosecution stem-
ming from the deaths will be up to state authorities,
he said.

"We have some suspects but I don't think we have
any imminent arrest plans," Johnson said.
.AN OUTRAGED Gov. Bruce Babbitt Monday of-
fered a $10,000 reward for information leading to suc-
cessful prosecution of the smugglers. Ina letter to the
Justice Department, Babbitt said the abandonment
of the El Salvador nationals at the national park, 142
miles southwest of Tucson, was a "wanton and sen-
seless crime."
Babbitt told a Tucson news conference today that
he has asked Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti to
seek an international agreement with Mexico for
prosecution of alien smugglers. Prosecution should
occur in the nation that would impose the stiffest sen-
tence, Babbitt said.
Johnson said under interrogation, survivors
claimed to have been robbed of money and jewelry.
The group, which may have included up to 45 people,
was "either guided or instructed how to cross" the
border after reaching San Luis, Mexico, he said. t


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skillful yet elegant fashion, and the entire
score unfolded with a thrusting rhythmic
propulsion that made each musical event sound
absolutely inevitable. ? The New York Times
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In Its 102nd Year,

Radical student
group's leade~r
turns herself in
after ten years


NEW YORK (UPI) - A Quaker prep
school girl who became a leader of the
radical student Weathermen in the
1970s surrendered yesterday on
charges stemming from a 1970 ex-
plosion that killed three people in a
bomb factory hidden in a posh Green-
wich Village townhouse. She had eluded
the FBI for 10 years.
Cathlyn Platt Wilkerson, now 35,
gave herself up by prearrangement in
the office of Manhattan District Attor-
ney Robert Morgenthau.
TWO LAWYERS who accompanied
her, Elizabeth Fink and Margaret Rat-
ner, had telephoned Assistant District
Attorney Peter Zimroth Monday night
to say their client was ready to surren-
Wilkerson was charged with
criminally negligent homicide and
possession of dangerous instruments -
dynamite. She is liable to a maximum
jail term of 11 years if convicted of the
Her lawyers offered no explanation
for Wilkerson's whereabouts in the 10

years since the March 6, 1970, blast that
destroyed the four-story, $250,000
townhouse on 11th St. owned by her
father, broadcasting executive James
Scott Wilkerson.
A DETECTIVE from the city's Arson
and Explosion Squad said the case had
remained in its active files for the past
decade. "We would never close a case
like that," he said.
Shortly after the explosion, two young
women, their clothes torn away by the
force of the blast, ran from the buildiog
and were taken in by a neighbor. They
were given clothes and later disap-
Police believe one of the women was
Wilkerson and the other was Cathy
Boudin, then 26, daughter of prominent
civil rights lawyer Leonard Boudin.
The FBI is still searching for Boudin.
The day after the blast, firefighters
and police digging through the rubble
found the bodies of Theodore Gold, 23, a
leader of Columbia University student
protests, Diana Oughton, 28, daughter
of a wealthy family in the Midwest, and
an unidentified young man.
Police said the victims and Wilkerson
and Boudin weremembers of the
radical Weatherman faction of the
Students for a Democratic Society.
The group was using the brick
townhouse set in a row of 19th century
homes to manufacture bombs to further
their plot to tear down American
society, police said.
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