Dennis H. Eisman, 50, a defense lawyer involved in the "Fatal Vision" murder case, was found fatally shot Tuesday in his parked car in Philadelphia. An autopsy was scheduled to determine if the death was a homicide or a suicide. Police recovered a handgun registered to Mr. Eisman. He and his former law partner, Bernard L. Segal, had represented Green Beret Army surgeon Jeffrey McDonald, who was accused in 1970 of brutally murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters at Fort Bragg, N.C. Mr. Eisman and Mr. Segal represented McDonald during Army hearings that resulted in the dismissal of military charges, Mr. Segal said. McDonald was convicted in U.S. District Court of the murders in 1980 and is serving three life prison terms. He has appealed his case three times to the U.S. Supreme Court and recently requested a new trial. Mr. Eisman helped Mr. Segal prepare one of the three Supreme Court appeals and also worked with a team of attorneys to reopen the case a few years ago, Mr. Segal said. McDonald has repeatedly said drug-crazed intruders attacked him and murdered his wife and daughters. The case led to the book "Fatal Vision" by Joe McGinnis, who concluded McDonald had committed the murders. A television movie was based on the book.
Donald Siegel, 78, director of such classic action films as "Dirty Harry," "The Shootist" and the original "Invasion of the Bodysnatchers," died Saturday at his Nipomo, Calif., home after a long illness. Mr. Siegel won two Academy Awards for his short films "Star in the Night" and "Hitler Lives" in 1945. His most noteworthy recent directing credit was 1979's "Escape From Alcatraz," starring frequent collaborator Clint Eastwood. He also directed "Rough Cut" in 1980 and "Jinxed!" in 1982. Besides "Dirty Harry" and "Escape from Alcatraz," he worked with Mr. Eastwood on "Two Mules for Sister Sara," "Coogan's Bluff" and "The Beguiled." He also directed Elvis Presley in "Flaming Star." As an actor, Mr. Siegel appeared as Murphy the bartender in 1971's "Play Misty for Me," in which Mr. Eastwood made his directorial debut. He also made a cameo appearance in the 1978 remake of "Bodysnatchers."
Andrew Boyle, 71, an author and broadcaster whose 1979 book "The Climate of Treason" led to the exposure of the late royal art adviser Anthony Blunt as a Soviet spy, died of cancer Monday at his home in London. Mr. Boyle was convinced of Blunt's complicity in the notorious spy ring that included Guy Burgess, Donald MacLean and Kim Philby, but could not prove it, and so he referred to Blunt under a pseudonym, Maurice, in the book. Amid intense speculation about Maurice's identity, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in November 1979 identified him as Blunt, the art adviser to Queen Elizabeth II. Mrs. Thatcher told the House of Commons that Blunt had confessed to security authorities in 1964 to being a Soviet spy while working for the British counterespionage service MI5 during and after World War II. She said he had been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for information he gave about his colleagues. Mr. Boyle worked in British military intelligence in the Far East during the latter part of World War II. After the war, he joined the British Broadcasting Corp. as a writer and producer.
Choh-Ming Li, 79, an economist, educator and founder of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, died Sunday at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He taught at UC-Berkeley from 1951 to 1963.