J. Miller Leavy, 89, a former deputy district attorney who...


January 06, 1995

J. Miller Leavy, 89, a former deputy district attorney who successfully prosecuted Caryl Chessman, the notorious "Red PTC Light Bandit" who terrorized Los Angeles in the 1940s, died Sunday. In 1957, he successfully prosecuted L. Ewing Scott in California's first "no body" case. Although the body of Scott's wife was never found, he was convicted of murdering her and sentenced to life in prison.

Sherry Stetson Mannix, 44, a retired Air Force Reserve officer and chief U.S. negotiator for the 1990 chemical weapons treaty reached in Geneva, died of cancer Tuesday in Washington.

Victor Riesel, 81, a crusading labor journalist who was blinded by an acid attack in 1956, died Wednesday after a heart attack in New York. He was assaulted on a mid-Manhattan street an hour after finishing a radio broadcast in which he criticized the leadership of a Long Island local of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Abe Telvi, the man accused of throwing the acid, was found shot to death a few months later. The FBI arrested eight men and said the blinding was the work of garment district terrorists determined to silence Mr. Riesel.

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