Dec. 27, 1978: Four more bodies are found under the home of John Wayne Gacy.
“A million permits,” says director Michael Govan. “And the State of California is always reviewing the state of its bridges and roads. So a route plan that would have worked a couple of days ago doesn’t work today.” He compared the project to erecting the great pyramids of Egypt. “The Egyptians didn’t have rubber tires or diesel engines,” he said. “But they also didn’t have weak streets.”
Gregory Powell, convicted in the 1963 “Onion Field” killing of LAPD Officer Ian Campbell, is up for parole as a “compassionate release.” Powell, 77, has said he has terminal prostate cancer. His hearing is Oct. 18. AP via San Jose Mercury News. Powell’s release is opposed by the Los Angeles Police Protective League and by Campbell’s daughter Valerie.
The kidnapping of Campbell and his partner Karl Hettinger is told in Joseph Wambaugh’s “The Onion Field,” which was made into a film starring John Savage, James Woods, Franklyn Seales and Ted Danson.
Erika Slife of the Chicago Tribune reports that a judge has approved exhumation of a body for DNA testing to determine whether it is Michael Marino, believed to be one of the victims of John Wayne Gacy.
Linda Wheeler of the Washington Post says that a Confederate flag of the 14th Louisiana Infantry, stolen 30 years ago from Louisiana’s Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall, is being returned after it was discovered at the home of a collector.
The traveling exhibit “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” is at the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration. Rachel Lee Harris in the New York Times’ Weekend Miser blog.
The New York Times takes a brief look at the history of the crossword puzzle.