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January 15, 2001
Affidavits filed by the police task force investigating deaths at Glendale Adventist Medical Center outline the evidence that prompted them and a physician consultant--Dr. Dale Isaeff of Loma Linda University School of Medicine--to pick 20 cases in which to exhume bodies of patients who died while respiratory therapist Efren Saldivar was on duty. They include the six in which a lab later found the paralyzing drug Pavulon in the patients' bodies, resulting in the murder charges against Saldivar.
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November 5, 2004 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
As a U.S. Army patrol rolled into Sadr City one night in August, soldiers received a tip that militants in dump trucks were planting roadside bombs. American troops had been clashing regularly with Al Mahdi militiamen in the restive Baghdad slum. So when Staff Sgt. Cardenas Alban of Carson saw an object fall from a garbage truck in the distance, his company took positions around the vehicle and unleashed a barrage of fire from rifles and a 25-millimeter cannon atop a Bradley fighting vehicle.
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January 29, 1999 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Acceding to a plea for mercy from Pope John Paul II, Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan on Thursday granted clemency to a triple murderer due to be executed next month, saying he would spare the convict's life simply because the pope had asked him to. Legal experts called the decision unprecedented. "I know of no other request for commutation that was even largely, let alone solely, granted because of a papal request," said Victor Streib, a leading scholar on capital punishment and dean of Ohio Northern University Law School.
NEWS
January 15, 2001
Affidavits filed by the police task force investigating deaths at Glendale Adventist Medical Center outline the evidence that prompted them and a physician consultant--Dr. Dale Isaeff of Loma Linda University School of Medicine--to pick 20 cases in which to exhume bodies of patients who died while respiratory therapist Efren Saldivar was on duty. They include the six in which a lab later found the paralyzing drug Pavulon in the patients' bodies, resulting in the murder charges against Saldivar.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1987 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
The title of NBC's Sunday night movie, "Mercy or Murder?," refers to the question of motive put before the jury at the nationally publicized trial of 75-year-old Roswell Gilbert, who had admitted killing his wife of 51 years. There is no such ambiguity in the film itself, however: The jurors delivered their verdict; the film makers deliver another. Indeed, viewers who complain about TV movies that waffle on controversial subjects will be heartened at how decisively this one takes a stand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1986 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
Gladys and Jay McFadden started recording their suicide pact on a Wednesday last January, dictating their goodbys into a portable cassette player. Gladys, 61, had suffered from progressive multiple sclerosis since 1976. Jay, 63, had been partially paralyzed and barely able to speak since a 1985 stroke. On the Saturday night of July 18, they divided the sleeping pills they had hoarded, swallowed them and lay down to die. On Sunday they awoke.
WORLD
November 5, 2004 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
As a U.S. Army patrol rolled into Sadr City one night in August, soldiers received a tip that militants in dump trucks were planting roadside bombs. American troops had been clashing regularly with Al Mahdi militiamen in the restive Baghdad slum. So when Staff Sgt. Cardenas Alban of Carson saw an object fall from a garbage truck in the distance, his company took positions around the vehicle and unleashed a barrage of fire from rifles and a 25-millimeter cannon atop a Bradley fighting vehicle.
NEWS
October 3, 1999 | PAULINE ARRILLAGA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The young man opened the spiral notebook and started writing. "I killed and buried my best friend today. . . ." He was at the bottom of a canyon in the Chihuahuan Desert, on a bed of white rocks the size of a helicopter pad. "David had been in pain all night. At around 5 or 6 he turned to me & begged that I put my knife through his chest. I did, & a second time when he wouldn't die. . . ." As he wrote, the Guadalupe Mountains towered above him.
NEWS
August 18, 1999 | ELIZABETH MEHREN and JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They were two young men on a cross-country trek. Together they went into the harsh desert of New Mexico's Rattlesnake Canyon. Only one came out alive. The story told by aspiring writer Raffi Kodikian, 25, beside the grave he dug for his friend David Coughlin, 26, was "extremely bizarre," investigators said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1989 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
In a surprise move, defense attorneys for convicted Night Stalker Richard Ramirez declined to call any witnesses--including the defendant--during the penalty phase of his trial Wednesday, and the case went to the jury after only two hours of final arguments by both sides.
NEWS
October 3, 1999 | PAULINE ARRILLAGA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The young man opened the spiral notebook and started writing. "I killed and buried my best friend today. . . ." He was at the bottom of a canyon in the Chihuahuan Desert, on a bed of white rocks the size of a helicopter pad. "David had been in pain all night. At around 5 or 6 he turned to me & begged that I put my knife through his chest. I did, & a second time when he wouldn't die. . . ." As he wrote, the Guadalupe Mountains towered above him.
NEWS
August 18, 1999 | ELIZABETH MEHREN and JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They were two young men on a cross-country trek. Together they went into the harsh desert of New Mexico's Rattlesnake Canyon. Only one came out alive. The story told by aspiring writer Raffi Kodikian, 25, beside the grave he dug for his friend David Coughlin, 26, was "extremely bizarre," investigators said.
NEWS
January 29, 1999 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Acceding to a plea for mercy from Pope John Paul II, Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan on Thursday granted clemency to a triple murderer due to be executed next month, saying he would spare the convict's life simply because the pope had asked him to. Legal experts called the decision unprecedented. "I know of no other request for commutation that was even largely, let alone solely, granted because of a papal request," said Victor Streib, a leading scholar on capital punishment and dean of Ohio Northern University Law School.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1987 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
The title of NBC's Sunday night movie, "Mercy or Murder?," refers to the question of motive put before the jury at the nationally publicized trial of 75-year-old Roswell Gilbert, who had admitted killing his wife of 51 years. There is no such ambiguity in the film itself, however: The jurors delivered their verdict; the film makers deliver another. Indeed, viewers who complain about TV movies that waffle on controversial subjects will be heartened at how decisively this one takes a stand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1986 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
Gladys and Jay McFadden started recording their suicide pact on a Wednesday last January, dictating their goodbys into a portable cassette player. Gladys, 61, had suffered from progressive multiple sclerosis since 1976. Jay, 63, had been partially paralyzed and barely able to speak since a 1985 stroke. On the Saturday night of July 18, they divided the sleeping pills they had hoarded, swallowed them and lay down to die. On Sunday they awoke.
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