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July 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
The Liberian defense minister, his wife and seven other people have been accused of slaying a young policeman and using his heart and other organs in black magic rituals. The case against Maj. Gen. Gray Allison, his wife, Angeline, and the others was outlined in a three-page statement issued Friday by the justice minister of this West African nation, Jenkins Scott. The beheaded body of the victim, patrolman Melvin Pyne, was found in April on a railroad track near the general's home.
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December 27, 1993 | RICHARD E. MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bathtub was the worst. It squatted against a wall, red with blood. Sister Shirley Kolmer and Sister Joel Kolmer told no one at their missionary headquarters here in Illinois, but somebody had been shot in a bathroom of their convent in Liberia. A priest was with them when they found the gore. "Do you really want to go back into this house?" asked Father Jim Gessler, also a missionary. "Someone's been killed in there." He had a suggestion.
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March 8, 1987
A Liberian jury unanimously convicted Benjamin Molley Morris, 32, of murdering the wife of a Southern Baptist missionary from North Carolina and her 10-year-old daughter, the state news agency Lina said. Morris was convicted of killing Elizabeth Senter, 46, and her daughter, Janet Rachel Senter, on Nov. 25 in a remote Liberian town 200 miles northeast of the capital city of Monrovia. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Swope said he will pass sentence Monday.
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December 26, 1993 | RICHARD E. MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First the sisters heard their five fellow nuns were missing. It was not true. Then they heard the nuns were safe. That was not true. Then they heard they were being held hostage. It was not true. Finally, they heard the sisters were under house arrest. That was not true, either. The five nuns were in Liberia, and sometimes the truth from Africa comes in roundabout ways. Four young Liberian women heard about part of what happened. Then they saw the rest. They fled in terror.
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August 19, 1989 | From Associated Press
A military court Friday sentenced Liberia's former defense minister to death for ordering the ritual murder of a policeman so his blood could be used in an attempted coup against President Samuel K. Doe. Doe must approve the sentence against Maj. Gen. Gray Allison, which would be carried out by firing squad. Maj. Gen. Kpenkrah Konah, chairman of the court-martial board, told Allison: "The court in closed session and upon secret ballot, has found you guilty of the charge of murder."
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May 24, 1990 | From Associated Press
President Samuel K. Doe's government acknowledged Wednesday that rebels have captured Liberia's main port but said it will send forces to retake the city. Acting Information Minister Moses Washington told a news conference that soldiers will make "gradual moves to recapture" the Atlantic port of Buchanan to minimize casualties. Rebels of the National Patriotic Front led by Charles Taylor, a former Doe aide, invaded Liberia from its northeastern border with Ivory Coast on Dec. 24.
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July 5, 1990 | From Reuters
Beleaguered Liberian leader Samuel K. Doe met the U.S. ambassador in Monrovia on Wednesday, but Washington said he turned down an offer of help in escaping the rebels who have cut off his capital. Government soldiers and witnesses in Monrovia, meanwhile, said rebels loyal to former Doe associate Charles Taylor were advancing in the capital's eastern suburbs, which echoed with the sounds of artillery and gunfire. Firing could also be heard on the western outskirts of the city.
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December 6, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A U.S. military plane flew into Monrovia, Liberia's besieged capital, and collected three bodies believed to be those of American nuns who were killed Oct. 23 after guerrilla fighters loyal to rebel leader Charles Taylor overran the area outside their convent in suburban Gardnersville. The flight was headed for the United States, but its exact destination was not known. Continued fighting in the Barnersville area, where two other nuns from the convent were reported killed Oct.
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July 6, 1990 | From Reuters
Troops looted shops Thursday as rebels tightened their stranglehold on the Liberian capital and President Samuel K. Doe clung desperately to power. Soldiers shot their way into shops, warehouses and restaurants and emptied the shelves in the early hours after the armed forces chief, Lt. Gen. Charles Julu, fled the country--the latest of Doe's advisers to desert him.
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September 1, 1990 | From Associated Press
Liberian rebels have killed 200 foreign civilians from the five nations that make up a West African task force in Liberia, the Ghana News Agency said Friday. The killings were in retaliation for the force's presence there, the agency said. A Ghana News Agency correspondent with the West African force said that rebels loyal to Charles Taylor began attacking the civilians shortly after the peace force arrived in Monrovia last Saturday to try to end the eight-month-old civil war.
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December 6, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A U.S. military plane flew into Monrovia, Liberia's besieged capital, and collected three bodies believed to be those of American nuns who were killed Oct. 23 after guerrilla fighters loyal to rebel leader Charles Taylor overran the area outside their convent in suburban Gardnersville. The flight was headed for the United States, but its exact destination was not known. Continued fighting in the Barnersville area, where two other nuns from the convent were reported killed Oct.
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September 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Surviving soldiers of slain Liberian President Samuel K. Doe bombarded rebels with cannons from the roof of the executive mansion in Monrovia. Two days after the coup led by Prince Johnson, one of two rival rebel leaders, shells exploded and gunfire crackled as rebel fighters scoured the city to flush out the holdouts, estimated to number about 230.
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September 1, 1990 | From Associated Press
Liberian rebels have killed 200 foreign civilians from the five nations that make up a West African task force in Liberia, the Ghana News Agency said Friday. The killings were in retaliation for the force's presence there, the agency said. A Ghana News Agency correspondent with the West African force said that rebels loyal to Charles Taylor began attacking the civilians shortly after the peace force arrived in Monrovia last Saturday to try to end the eight-month-old civil war.
NEWS
July 6, 1990 | From Reuters
Troops looted shops Thursday as rebels tightened their stranglehold on the Liberian capital and President Samuel K. Doe clung desperately to power. Soldiers shot their way into shops, warehouses and restaurants and emptied the shelves in the early hours after the armed forces chief, Lt. Gen. Charles Julu, fled the country--the latest of Doe's advisers to desert him.
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July 5, 1990 | From Reuters
Beleaguered Liberian leader Samuel K. Doe met the U.S. ambassador in Monrovia on Wednesday, but Washington said he turned down an offer of help in escaping the rebels who have cut off his capital. Government soldiers and witnesses in Monrovia, meanwhile, said rebels loyal to former Doe associate Charles Taylor were advancing in the capital's eastern suburbs, which echoed with the sounds of artillery and gunfire. Firing could also be heard on the western outskirts of the city.
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May 24, 1990 | From Associated Press
President Samuel K. Doe's government acknowledged Wednesday that rebels have captured Liberia's main port but said it will send forces to retake the city. Acting Information Minister Moses Washington told a news conference that soldiers will make "gradual moves to recapture" the Atlantic port of Buchanan to minimize casualties. Rebels of the National Patriotic Front led by Charles Taylor, a former Doe aide, invaded Liberia from its northeastern border with Ivory Coast on Dec. 24.
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May 5, 1990 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Liberian government troops and rebel soldiers have been engaging in widespread killings of civilians in what has deteriorated into a series of attacks on each force's tribal supporters, according to refugees interviewed by an international human rights group. The refugees with whom the Washington-based Africa Watch spoke were mostly settled in rural districts of Ivory Coast, just across the border from parts of Liberia most affected by the rebel insurgency. The insurgency, which was begun Dec.
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December 26, 1993 | RICHARD E. MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First the sisters heard their five fellow nuns were missing. It was not true. Then they heard the nuns were safe. That was not true. Then they heard they were being held hostage. It was not true. Finally, they heard the sisters were under house arrest. That was not true, either. The five nuns were in Liberia, and sometimes the truth from Africa comes in roundabout ways. Four young Liberian women heard about part of what happened. Then they saw the rest. They fled in terror.
NEWS
May 5, 1990 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Liberian government troops and rebel soldiers have been engaging in widespread killings of civilians in what has deteriorated into a series of attacks on each force's tribal supporters, according to refugees interviewed by an international human rights group. The refugees with whom the Washington-based Africa Watch spoke were mostly settled in rural districts of Ivory Coast, just across the border from parts of Liberia most affected by the rebel insurgency. The insurgency, which was begun Dec.
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August 19, 1989 | From Associated Press
A military court Friday sentenced Liberia's former defense minister to death for ordering the ritual murder of a policeman so his blood could be used in an attempted coup against President Samuel K. Doe. Doe must approve the sentence against Maj. Gen. Gray Allison, which would be carried out by firing squad. Maj. Gen. Kpenkrah Konah, chairman of the court-martial board, told Allison: "The court in closed session and upon secret ballot, has found you guilty of the charge of murder."
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