Edgar Kaplan, 72, a champion player and teacher of...

Deaths Elsewhere

September 14, 1997

Edgar Kaplan, 72, a champion player and teacher of competitive bridge who, with Alfred Sheinwold, helped invent a bidding system used by millions, died of cancer Sept. 7 in New York. Mr. Kaplan's books included "How to Play Winning Bridge: The Kaplan-Sheinwold System." He owned, published and edited Bridge World magazine.

Violet Amirault, 74, who spent more than a decade fighting charges that she sexually abused preschoolers at her day care center, died of cancer Friday in Malden, Mass. She and a daughter served eight years in prison before being freed in 1995. This year, they were granted a new trial in the case in which preschool-age children told of being molested, drugged, cut with knives and tied to trees. No physical evidence of the purported crimes was ever found.

Pub Date: 9/14/97

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