Craig Spence Sent Farewell Message to Friends, Left Suicide Note.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Craig Spence, the former lobbyist linked to a homosexual prostitution service who was found dead in a Boston hotel room Friday, sent a taped farewell message to friends and left a suicide note scrawled on a mirror, according to published reports.
″Chief, consider this my resignation, effective immediately,″ read the message written in black felt-tip marker on a mirror of his room at the Ritz- Carlton Hotel, according to a story published in today’s editions of The Washington Times. ″As you always said, you can’t ask others to make a sacrifice if you’re not ready to do the same. Life is Duty. God bless America.″
As a postscript, Spence wrote, ″To the Ritz, please forgive this inconvenience,″ The Times reported.
The Washington Post reported that it had obtained a copy of the seven- minute ″video postcard″ Spence had sent to about a dozen friends.
″Take heart, good friends,″ Spence said in the video, made two weeks before his death. ″The pressures on us over the past several years have been, let us say, significant.″
Spence’s body, dressed in a black tuxedo and white suspenders, was found lying on a bed in the hotel room Friday, The Post reported, citing police and an unidentified friend of Spence’s. The king-sized bed blocked the door.
Spence’s birth certificate and will also were found, both papers reported. Detective Sgt. James McDonald told The Times that investigators discovered seven small packets of a prescription antidepressant hidden in a false ceiling in the hotel bathroom.
An autopsy was done Saturday but the cause of death could not be determined until toxicology tests are completed in a couple weeks, said a spokesman for the Boston coroner’s office.
Spence reportedly took male prostitutes on a midnight tour of the White House in July 1988. He was under investigation by police and the Secret Service for possible credit card fraud in connection with a male prostitution service, and had been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury.
--- Administration Officials Say New Soviet Weapons Deployment Continues
WASHINGTON (AP) - Top administration officials say the Kremlin is continuing to deploy new strategic nuclear weapons, although a published report said some deployments had been cut in anticipation of an arms control deal.
″The fact of the matter is the Soviets have continued to modernize their strategic forces,″ Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said on the NBC-TV program ″Meet the Press″ on Sunday.
Cheney did not flatly deny a Washington Post report quoting unidentified government sources as saying the Soviets had stopped producing four new weapons, the SS-18 and SS-24 missile, the Blackjack Bomber and the Typhoon submarine, and had suspended work on an aircraft carrier.
The Post said the reports, apparently based on satellite photography, conflicted with recent statements by Cheney and Vice President Dan Quayle that the Soviets continued to deploy new weapons.
Responding to that assertion, Cheney said the Soviets might have slowed deployments of some new systems in order not to exceed a ceiling proposed for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which would slash long-range superpower nuclear weapons by 30 percent to 50 percent.
That treaty is not expected to be the centerpiece of a summit planned for Dec. 2-3 in the Mediterranean Sea. Senior U.S. officials have said the START deal might be ready for another meeting between President Bush and Mikhail S. Gorbachev slated for next spring or summer.
--- Violent Crime Up 5 Percent In First Half Of This Year, FBI Says
WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI statistics indicate a 7 percent jump in robberies paced a 5 percent increase in violent crime during the first half of 1989.
Overall, reported crimes went up 3 percent during the first six months of this year from the same period in 1988, with each of the nation’s four regions posting increases, the bureau said in its Uniform Crime Report released Sunday.
By comparison, the FBI’s overall crime index increased 1 percent during both the first halves of 1987 and 1988 and went up 8 percent during the first six months of 1986.
There was a 4 percent increase in overall crime reports in both the South and the West. Crime went up 2 percent in the Midwest and 3 percent in the Northeast, the report said.
Among various categories of crime, the biggest increase was an 11 percent jump in motor vehicle thefts, followed by a 7 percent hike in robberies.
Murders increased 5 percent over the same period last year, while aggravated assaults went up 4 percent.
The number of murders in the first half of 1988 was virtually unchanged from the same period in 1987, when there was a 2 percent drop from the same period in 1986, the bureau said.