...TC Richard Condon, 81, author of 'Manchurian...


April 10, 1996

...TC Richard Condon, 81, author of 'Manchurian Candidate'

Best-selling author Richard Condon, whose novel of political paranoia "The Manchurian Candidate" suddenly became frighteningly realistic after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, died yesterday in Dallas. He was 81.

Mr. Condon, who died of kidney failure, saw "The Manchurian Candidate" and another of his novels, the darkly comic "Prizzi's Honor," made into acclaimed movies.

Many other novels by him had a strong satirical, anti-establishment bent: "The Oldest Confession," "Some Angry Angel," "Emperor of America," "A Talent for Loving," "Winter Kills" and "An Infinity of Mirrors."

"Every book I've ever written has been about abuse of power," he once said. "I'd like people to know how deeply their politicians are wronging them."

Mr. Condon published "Candidate" in 1959. The novel is about an American prisoner of war in Korea who is brainwashed and programmed to kill, then returns to the United States and assassinates a powerful politician.

E. Paul Catts,66, an entomology professor known for using insects to help police in homicide investigations, died Friday of a heart attack in Pullman, Wash. He was one of only about a dozen forensic entomologists in the nation.

Forensic entomology often can tell police how long a body has been in an area, based on the types, numbers and sizes of insects it contains.

Rush H. Limbaugh Sr.,104, grandfather of talk show host Rush Limbaugh and the nation's oldest practicing lawyer, died Monday in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Pub Date: 4/10/96

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