Detectives investigating the killing of nurse Marjorie Hipperson
are questioning a con artist with ulcers who was an orderly
at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, where Hipperson and her fiance,
Dr. Walter Deike, worked.
Monte Melvin Krier, 29, who is being held on forgery charges in the
prison ward of General Hospital, says he knew Hipperson and saw her on
the day she was killed. He says he left Hollywood Presbyterian shortly
after the slaying out of fear of the police. "I quit my job because I
knew they were going to find out about my record," said Krier, who had
served a total of 11 years in prison for forgery and burglary.
"Miss Hiperson was a very friendly girl," Krier said. "We had lunch
several times and we talked quite a bit while we were working. The last
time I saw her was the day she was murdered."
Krier reluctantly admitted that he knew where Hipperson lived because
both of them had gotten a ride home from work with a fellow employee.
After he was arrested on the forgery charges ("I have a champagne
appetite with a beer pocketbook," he said) detectives began questioning
him in the Hipperson case. "They fingerprinted me twice," Krier said.
"They thought my palm print matched ones found in the apartment but now
I think they have cleared me."
(Krier’s con worked this way: He would check into a hospital for
ulcers, then write hot checks for jewelry and clothing to merchants
who assumed he was trustworthy because he was in a hospital. When he
got enough merchandise, he skipped out of the hospital).
Detectives are also investigating an attack on Carol Boyer, 24, 2113 N. Rodney Drive
in Los Feliz, who fought off a man who attacked her with a pipe about
4:30 a.m. while she slept. Neighbors say the attacker had canvassed the
apartment building two weeks earlier by posing as a census taker
seeking information on single people.
Monte Krier died Jan. 4, 1998, in Los Angeles. He was 69, according to California death records.