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July 26, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the decade since gunshots left her paralyzed from the chest down, Janni Smith has gained national recognition. As a wheelchair athlete, she won more than a dozen marathon races and competed in trials for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. And as president of the Irvine-based Petrofsky Centers for Rehabilitation and Research, she has helped develop medical technologies that enable paralyzed muscles to move for exercise as well as for walking and hand movement.
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July 21, 1994 | DENNIS McLELLAN and NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Irvine rehabilitation specialist Janni Smith always believed that the Texas millionaire she claims arranged to have her shot--leaving her paralyzed from the waist down--would one day be captured. After a 14-year wait, her fugitive ex-lover was behind bars. Richard Minns, 64, was arrested Tuesday at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on suspicion of obtaining several passports with fraudulent information and names.
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July 21, 1994 | DENNIS McLELLAN and NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Irvine rehabilitation specialist Janni Smith always believed that the Texas millionaire she claims arranged to have her shot--leaving her paralyzed from the waist down--would one day be captured. After a 14-year wait, her fugitive ex-lover was behind bars. Richard Minns, 64, was arrested Tuesday at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on suspicion of obtaining several passports with fraudulent information and names.
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July 26, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the decade since gunshots left her paralyzed from the chest down, Janni Smith has gained national recognition. As a wheelchair athlete, she won more than a dozen marathon races and competed in trials for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. And as president of the Irvine-based Petrofsky Centers for Rehabilitation and Research, she has helped develop medical technologies that enable paralyzed muscles to move for exercise as well as for walking and hand movement.
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May 22, 1987 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Staff Writer
"I still go to bed with my heart pounding and wake up with my heart racing," said Jennifer Smith, 32, who became a paraplegic after being shot during the last of four attempts on her life in 1980. "I keep friends around me at all times. Living in fear is immensely more crippling than any kind of physical disability." Smith is not her real name. She lives in Orange County and conceals her identity because she fears that some who plotted to kill her have not been caught.
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July 22, 1991 | Dennis McLellan
TRUE CRIME: It's billed as "a shocking true story of how love, obsession and power almost killed Barbra Piotrowski." . . . That would be "Sleeping With the Devil"--Suzanne Finstad's book about the love affair between Texas millionaire Richard Minns and Piotrowski, a former California beauty queen. After the relationship soured, Piotrowski was shot four times by a paid assassin. It left her paralyzed from the chest down. But Minns was never questioned. . . .
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July 7, 1991 | Karen Stabiner
Sad but true: Murder victims and near-victims are supporting an entire wing of the publishing industry. Finstad, a former trial lawyer, tells us the story of Barbara Piotrowski, a bright, pretty young woman with an interest in Plato and beauty contests, a gorgeous girl of troublesome naivete. She falls in love with Richard Minns, twice her age, a Texas millionaire and danger-seeker who, on their first meeting, tells her of his plan to fight a killer shark on his coming birthday.
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December 1, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Out on the edge of the Pacific, on a patio stretching below the swank Ritz-Carlton hotel, the groom smiled nervously. His bride looked radiant, hair encircled with flowers, wedding dress trailing behind as she stepped slowly down the aisle, father at her side. In most ways, the Saturday fete was like any other wedding. Except one. The bride is paralyzed from the chest down. But she was able to stride delicately across the bricks because of the ingenuity of the man she was marrying.
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December 1, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Out at the edge of the Pacific, on a red-paved patio stretching below the swank Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the groom smiled nervously. His bride looked radiant, her hair encircled with flowers, wedding dress trailing behind as she stepped slowly down the aisle, her father at her side. In most ways, the Saturday fete was like any other wedding. Except one. The bride is paralyzed from the chest down. She doesn't have the use of her legs.
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May 22, 1987 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Staff Writer
"I still go to bed with my heart pounding and wake up with my heart racing," said Jennifer Smith, 32, who became a paraplegic after being shot during the last of four attempts on her life in 1980. "I keep friends around me at all times. Living in fear is immensely more crippling than any kind of physical disability." Smith is not her real name. She lives in Orange County and conceals her identity because she fears that some who plotted to kill her have not been caught.
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