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JAMES PERRY SAYS PADDY LAVIN THIRD-DEGREED HIM INTO
FALSE CONFESSION DIDN'T LIKE BEATING UP
James Perry, the 19-year-old boy
who calmly confessed he was the real
leader and brains of the Teddy Webb
auto bandit gang, just as calmly re
pudiated that confession in Judge
Kersten's court today.
"I confessed to it all because Po
lice Captain Paddy Lavin was giving
me the third degree. I didn't like
being beaten up. So I confessed to
save myself from it."
Perry appeared in court with Ted
dy Webb, Tom Burke, James McEr-
lans,' Claude Rose and, Prank Madia.-
Webb and. Burke pleaded guilty to
the robbery of the jewelry store of
Conrad Heehn, 2427 Wentworth ave
nue, November 16, 1912, 'after a con
ference with the attorney appointed
for them with Judge Kersten.
Both the bandits were promptly
sentenced to twenty years in Joliet
There are half a dozen other rob
bery charges" standing against Webb
arid Burke, on ea.c of which they
may be sentenced to as long terms.
After the" Webb and Burke cases
were called, Perry was called- to' the
bar. He came forward, nonchalantly
removing a-cigarette from his mouth.
He was asked if he were guilty or
not guilty. He plunged both hands
in his pockets and, grinned. ,
"Not guilty," he" said. .
The swearing in of the jury to try
him was begun immediately.
Perry confessed to being leader of
the auto' bandits soon after being'
turned overto Paddy Lavin and being
taken by him to the Hyde Parktpolice
station to be sweated.
After he confessed, he kidded 'the
police about how-easythey had been,
and .kidded persons brought in to
identify him by the police.
If Perry's confession really was'
made just to avoid further beating
up, he's an artist at confessing. He
certainly made it strong enough; and
insisted on claiming all- the credit oi
being the ftuto bandit leadeiy -j
It was this that first aroused sus
picions of the truth of his confession.
It reads- a little too much like the
.life story of Bad Bill; the Boy Bandit
Webb was restless and sullen in
court today. He refused to show his.
face when lie first came into court.
Judge Kersten ordered him to. hold
up his head.
"I don't want all these newspaper
photographers taking pictures of
me," he said.
Kersten ordered the -photographers
to quit. . ,
TO TOUR EAST
Springfield, III.,. March 19. The
O'Hara low wages commission, ex-,
pects to leave this city tomorrow
afternoon for its tour of the east.
The commission .will visit New '
Yorg, Washington, Boston and Pitts-'
burgh and try and get co-operation
in the fight jfor a. uniform minimum
wage law for women.
Lieut GGvTBarratt O'Hara expects
to confer with President Wilson and"
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and thinks
the trip may result in the movement
begun by him becoming national.
M. BLAIR COAN ON THE JOB.
Harrisburg, Pa.," March 19. M.
Blair Coan, investigator for the Uli--nois
senate low wageS'.commission,
arrived here today and made ar-r;
rangeinents for .a conference between"
the commission and Gov. Terier next
Coan says the Illinois commission'
has received hundreds of letters' from.
Pennsylvania working girls begging
the commission to comejiere and lis
ten to their stories of wages, work
ing conditions and the temptations of
steel mill and other "industrial work-