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October 9, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Estonian refugee and his alleged accomplice had planned to kill themselves because they were hungry and broke after the Estonian community abandoned them, but they decided to kill a North Hollywood woman they blamed for their problems first so she could not laugh at their deaths. The admission came in a taped confession played Tuesday for a San Fernando Superior Court jury in the murder trial of Peter Sakarias, 24.
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December 6, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an eleventh-hour attempt to save a convicted murderer from the death penalty, a defense attorney Thursday asked for a new trial, saying that his argument for a sentence of life in prison was hampered by "hyper-technical" rulings by the trial judge. But San Fernando Superior Court Judge Howard J. Schwab denied the motion and sentenced Peter Sakarias, 24, to death for the brutal 1988 killing of Viivi Piirisild, 52, a North Hollywood woman active in the local Estonian community.
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December 6, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an eleventh-hour attempt to save a convicted murderer from the death penalty, a defense attorney Thursday asked for a new trial, saying that his argument for a sentence of life in prison was hampered by "hyper-technical" rulings by the trial judge. But San Fernando Superior Court Judge Howard J. Schwab denied the motion and sentenced Peter Sakarias, 24, to death for the brutal 1988 killing of Viivi Piirisild, 52, a North Hollywood woman active in the local Estonian community.
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October 9, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Estonian refugee and his alleged accomplice had planned to kill themselves because they were hungry and broke after the Estonian community abandoned them, but they decided to kill a North Hollywood woman they blamed for their problems first so she could not laugh at their deaths. The admission came in a taped confession played Tuesday for a San Fernando Superior Court jury in the murder trial of Peter Sakarias, 24.
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January 15, 1991 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After nine days of deliberations, jurors in San Fernando Superior Courton on Monday recommended that a Soviet army deserter die in the gas chamber for killing the Estonian activist who gave him shelter in her North Hollywood home. Tauno Waidla, 23, showed no emotion as the court clerk read the jury's decision.
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August 15, 1990 | MICHAEL SZYMANSKI, Szymanski is a Los Angeles free-lance writer
Their countries no longer exist as independent entities. They have no governments to report to. Yet, three diplomats from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania still wave their flags in Los Angeles with hopes that someday soon they will be representing more than a dream. For almost half a century, Los Angeles has been the only city in the world with honorary consulates for all three Baltic states.
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June 17, 1990 | LYNN O'SHAUGHNESSY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, Mart Niklus, an Estonian human rights activist, spent his days monotonously attaching electrical cords onto irons in a labor camp in the Soviet Union. But on Saturday, Niklus, whose imprisonment was widely decried throughout the Western world, was sitting in the den of a Bell Canyon residence speaking whimsically about hummingbirds. "I'd like very much to see the birds of America," he told his host, Jaak Treiman, the honorary counsel for Estonians in Los Angeles.
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September 3, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY and TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writers
Two Estonians who deserted from the Soviet army and were welcomed by fellow countrymen in Los Angeles were charged Friday with the murder of a North Hollywood woman, a well-known Estonian activist who had fled her homeland during World War II to escape the Soviets. Peter Sakarias, 21, and Tauno Waidla, 20, were being held without bail in the July 12 murder of Viivi Piirisild, 52, who was found beaten to death with the blunt side of an ax in her home in the 6900 block of Goodland Avenue.
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October 20, 1988 | DOUG SMITH
On an out-of-the-way stretch of Riverside Drive, across from the Colony Theatre and not far from the four-lane concourse that rises to Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Latvian community has built a church and a large community center on excess highway land. Latvians converge there on Sundays to worship, mix and renew the ties of political will that have kept their circle together for 40 years, even as its individuals were dispersing to all parts of suburban Southern California.
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January 15, 1991 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After nine days of deliberations, jurors in San Fernando Superior Courton on Monday recommended that a Soviet army deserter die in the gas chamber for killing the Estonian activist who gave him shelter in her North Hollywood home. Tauno Waidla, 23, showed no emotion as the court clerk read the jury's decision.
NEWS
August 15, 1990 | MICHAEL SZYMANSKI, Szymanski is a Los Angeles free-lance writer
Their countries no longer exist as independent entities. They have no governments to report to. Yet, three diplomats from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania still wave their flags in Los Angeles with hopes that someday soon they will be representing more than a dream. For almost half a century, Los Angeles has been the only city in the world with honorary consulates for all three Baltic states.
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