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March 24, 1987
A Dana Point woman was sentenced in Los Angeles to seven years in federal prison on her guilty plea to racketeering and conspiracy charges in firebombing the cars of two teachers she fired from her chain of preparatory schools. U.S. District Judge Alicemarie Stotler imposed the sentence on Elizabeth Leta Hamilton, who ran the California Learning Centers with her roommate, Charlotte Wyckoff.
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March 24, 1987
A Dana Point woman was sentenced in Los Angeles to seven years in federal prison on her guilty plea to racketeering and conspiracy charges in firebombing the cars of two teachers she fired from her chain of preparatory schools. U.S. District Judge Alicemarie Stotler imposed the sentence on Elizabeth Leta Hamilton, who ran the California Learning Centers with her roommate, Charlotte Wyckoff.
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October 27, 1986 | From United Press International
Two women accused of hiring Alabama mercenaries to firebomb the cars and homes of disaffected former teachers at their chain of schools pleaded guilty today to racketeering charges. Charlotte Ruth Wyckoff, 52, and Elizabeth Leta Hamilton, 39, both of Dana Point, also pleaded guilty to a charge of being after-the-fact accessories to the bombings.
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October 28, 1986
Dana Point schoolteachers Charlotte Ruth Wyckoff, 52, and Elizabeth Leta Hamilton, 39, pleaded guilty to hiring a band of Alabama mercenaries to firebomb two cars belonging to former employees of their chain of private schools in Orange and San Bernardino counties. They entered the pleas in Los Angeles federal court a day before their scheduled trial with three other defendants. U.S. District Judge Alicemarie H.
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July 20, 1986 | Times staff writers Bill Billiter and Mark Landsbaum compiled the Week in Review stories.
Federal authorities believe that Charlotte Ruth Wyckoff, 51, of Dana Point plotted the possible murder or kidnaping of her own daughter. Wyckoff, an Orange County private school owner, already had been charged with hiring mercenaries to firebomb the cars of former teachers. But on July 17, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles also charged that Wyckoff tried to make initial arrangements to prevent the testimony of her 28-year-old daughter, Shirley Wright, of Dana Point.
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May 25, 1986
Two Dana Point women, roommates and partners in a chain of preschools and elementary schools in Orange and San Bernardino counties, were arrested by federal agents for allegedly hiring mercenaries for the firebombing of former employees' cars. The complicated allegations reached back to Hueyville, Ala., where Franklin Camper, 38, the owner and operator of a mercenary-survivalist training center, was arrested with two associates. A third was being sought.
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June 3, 1986
Five defendants charged in the firebombing of automobiles in San Bernardino County last summer, including two Dana Point women, pleaded not guilty Monday in Los Angeles federal court. Trial was set for July 22. The pleas were entered by Charlotte Ruth Wyckoff, 51, Elizabeth Leta Hamilton, 39, Franklin Joseph Camper, 39, Paul Johnson, 42, and James Larosa Cuneo, 22. The government disclosed later in the day that Cuneo had agreed to testify for the prosecution.
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June 20, 1986
Two Dana Point women facing conspiracy charges for allegedly participating in the firebombing of two cars now face racketeering charges as well. A new federal grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday accuses the women and their alleged accomplices of forming a criminal conspiracy to "harass, intimidate and injure former employees." The defendants, Charlotte Ruth Wyckoff, 51, and Elizabeth Leta Hamilton, 39, own five Pacific Coast Preparatory schools in Orange and San Bernardino counties.
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November 8, 1986
An Alabama mercenary camp owner on trial for allegedly firebombing two cars last year testified Friday that he was asleep when his two associates destroyed the cars. Frank Camper, 40, told the jury that he was not involved in the Aug. 13, 1985, explosions in San Bernardino County. Camper admitted posing as someone else to gather information about the targets of the attacks but said his colleagues acted on their own.
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July 22, 1986 | JANE APPLEGATE, Times Staff Writer
A Dana Point woman already facing charges of hiring mercenaries to firebomb two cars pleaded not guilty Monday to new charges of plotting to murder or kidnap her own daughter to keep her from testifying. Charlotte Ruth Wyckoff, 51, was charged last week by a federal grand jury with trying to hire a man to prevent her daughter, Shirley Wright, 28, from testifying against her.
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