Ammo found in Salvi truck, FBI agent says Map to clinics, pictures of fetuses also noted in testimony

February 24, 1996|By BOSTON GLOBE

DEDHAM, Mass. -- Authorities found 100 cartridges, a Boston-area map book highlighting the street in Brookline where women's health clinics are located, and images of aborted fetuses inside John C. Salvi III's truck after he was arrested, an FBI agent testified yesterday.

FBI Special Agent Michael Malone also testified that he recovered an envelope on which Mr. Salvi had written the addresses of three clinics that perform abortions -- one in Hartford; one in Alexandria, Va., and one in Norfolk, Va., where Mr. Salvi was arrested on Dec. 31, 1994, after spraying the building with 23 bullets.

Mr. Salvi, 23, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the killings Dec. 30, 1994, of Shannon Lowney at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Brookline and Lee Ann Nichols at the Preterm Health Services clinic, also in Brookline. Five others were wounded in the two attacks.

Mr. Salvi, who acknowledges being the gunman, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors contend that Mr. Salvi was sane and that he planned the shootings in advance because of his opposition to abortion.

Mr. Malone said officials found in Mr. Salvi's truck a Boston-area map book with Beacon Street in Brookline highlighted in yellow. Both Planned Parenthood and Preterm are on Beacon Street.

Yesterday, Norfolk County prosecutors presented 10 witnesses, most of whom were FBI forensic experts. Special Agent Robert Fram testified that he matched a roll of black tape found in a bag Mr. Salvi left at Preterm with tape wrapped around an ammunition clip later found in Mr. Salvi's truck.

Defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. questioned Mr. Malone about a note Mr. Salvi had written on the cover of a magazine, The New American, also found in the truck.

The note, written in a cartoon bubble so that it appeared to have been spoken by the armed man posed on the magazine's cover, said: "I can't believe you don't realize what a devil I am. I am spending my days persecuting the church by serving anti-Christ doctrines of enslavement."

Mr. Carney tried to show that the words reflected Mr. Salvi's deranged view of himself. Prosecutors sought to show, through the later testimony of an ATF agent, that the note reflected Mr. Salvi's view of the agent pictured on the cover.

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