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Mexico Columnist’s Servant Slain

August 5, 1998 GMT

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Police investigating the slaying of a Mexico City society reporter Tuesday discovered the body of the woman’s servant stashed in a back room of the ransacked apartment.

Sally-Sue Hulse, a columnist for the English-language Mexico City Times, was stabbed to death in the apartment Monday following an apparent robbery attempt. Police said Tuesday she was found bound and gagged, and had been stabbed more than a dozen times.

Police searching the apartment came upon the body of Hulse’s servant, Alberto Chavez, early Tuesday in the laundry room. He had been beaten to death.


Investigators were questioning several witnesses and the doorman of the apartment building, located near the upscale Zona Rosa district frequented by tourists.

Hulse’s colleagues at the Mexico City Times said the slaying could be connected to a frustrated robbery attempt that took place a few weeks ago. Hulse, 60, fended off the attacker and was beaten and thrown to the floor.

``We told her she was very brave but that she shouldn’t take chances like that,″ said Ileana Tacou, the newspaper’s national news editor.

Hulse, a native of Belize, had lived in Mexico for 47 years. Her column, ``Pulse by Hulse,″ described social events in Mexico City’s large foreign community _ parties, births, deaths and prominent visitors.

``It’s a tragic loss. She was very well loved in the community,″ said Shari Rettig, managing editor of the Universal Journal, a supplement of the daily El Universal, where Hulse had worked until recently. The Mexico City Times is a daily operated by El Universal.

She had earlier worked for El Sol and another capital English-language daily, The News.