[sixties-l] Symbionese Liberation Armys last fugitive captured in Africa (fwd)

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    Symbionese Liberation Army's last fugitive captured in Africa


    James Kilgore was a 'soccer dad'

    By William Brand and Angela Hill STAFF WRITERS
    November 09, 2002

    The long hunt for James Kilgore, the last fugitive from the
    flamboyant 1970s band of would-be
    revolutionary-terrorists known as the Symbionese
    Liberation Army, ended peacefully Friday in a posh suburb
    of Cape Town, South Africa.
    Like his former lover, Sarah Jane Olson, Kilgore, 55, had
    gone far underground, assuming a new identity as
    Charles William Pape, a bourgeois "soccer dad," married
    with two children, and apparently working for a labor
    relations institute at the University of Cape Town.
    "Eventually, for every fugitive from justice, there is a day
    of reckoning," said U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan in San
    Francisco. "For James William Kilgore that day of
    reckoning is today."
    Kilgore's wife, identified as an American who taught
    English at the University of Cape Town, was home but
    was not arrested.
    The arrest came just 18 hours after the other four
    surviving SLA membersWilliam Harris, 57, of Oakland,
    his former wife, Emily Montague, 55, Michael Bortin, 54,
    and Sarah Jane Olson, 55 -- under a plea bargain
    agreement entered guilty pleas to second-degree murder
    in a 1975 Sacramento bank robbery-murder.
    Kilgore faces the same murder charge and apparently has
    a chance at the same deal. But authorities in San
    Francisco insisted Friday Kilgore's arrest was a
    coincidence and did not emerge from the plea bargain
    However, sources close to the Sacramento investigation
    were skeptical, and Jon Ophal, the son of the woman slain
    in the bank robbery, wondered bluntly if someone close to
    the SLA tipped authorities.
    "Our family is pleased that he has been captured, and
    come Feb. 14, we hope all of them will be sentenced
    together. That will be the really final end to this," Ophal
    In San Francisco, Stuart Hanlon, who represents
    Montague, said charges of a tip-off were absolutely false,
    but he said Kilgore was communicating to law
    enforcement officers through a New York law firm.
    "We were middle men for (Kilgore's) lawyers who were
    talking with him," Hanlon said. "But no deals have been
    made with the U.S. Attorney. I spoke with all four of (the defendants) today.
    Nobody even knew where James Kilgore was.
    "The idea these old friends would turn on each other after all these years is
    absolutely absurd," Hanlon said. He declined to name the New York lawyers.
    Pleased FBI officials in San Francisco said members of the South African
    Servicesacting on information provided through Interpolknocked on
    Kilgore's door in Claremont at 8:45 a.m. Friday Pacific Standard Time.
    He said officers showed Kilgore an old wanted poster and asked if he was, in
    fact, James Kilgore.
    "He finally did acknowledge his identity, that he was James Kilgore," FBI
    Agent Mark Mershon said during a crowded news conference at FBI
    headquarters in San Francisco.
    Ryan said Kilgore will be brought back to San Francisco as soon as possible
    tried first on a single federal charge of possession of a pipe bomb. A
    could bring 10 years in prison, Ryan said.
    He is scheduled for arraignment in Cape Town on Monday.
    The saga of the SLA was one of the 1970s hottest stories. The tiny
    group of white college radicals and African-American former convicts was born
    on Chabot Avenue in Oakland in 1972.
    The SLA hit headlines with the 1973 assassination of Oakland school
    Superintendent Marcus Foster, Oakland's first African-American
    Two SLA "soldiers" were arrested for that murder after a gun battle in
    On Feb. 4, 1974, the SLA kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst from her
    Berkeley apartment. After months of activity, she converted to the SLA cause.
    In May, 1974, six SLA members died in a nationally televised shootout with Los
    Angeles police.
    Hearst and the othersexcept for Olson and Kilgorewere captured in 1975.
    Kilgore had been a fugitive since he fled with Olson shortly after a mover
    the pipe bomb with his fingerprint on it in an SLA safehouse in Daly City
    in 1975.
    Ryan and Mershon said Kilgore was a "contract" lecturer in English at the
    University of Cape Town. However, a colleague at the International Labor
    Resource and Information Group said Kilgore worked at the institute, known in
    South Africa as a left-progressive think tank.
    A Capetown resident described the suburb of Claremont as a community of
    tree-lined streets and affluent homes. It is close to the university, and many
    students and faculty members live there.
    Mershon said the FBI believes Kilgore had been hiding somewhere in Africa
    the early 1980s and had spent time in Zimbabwe, before moving to South Africa
    around 1989.
    South African police had been hunting for him for months, the FBI's Mershon
    said, but a hot tip came just 10 days ago.
    Kilgore was born in Portland, Ore., but grew up in Marin County, the son of a
    wealthy lumber dealer. He was a standout athlete at San Rafael High School and
    friends from those days remember him fondly.
    "Jim was a friend of mine and this a real tragedy," one friend said in an
    interview last year. "He was an outstanding student and athlete. I think he
    Kathleen Soliah (Sarah Jane Olson) at UC Santa Barbara, he fell in love
    with her
    and everything followed that."
    Another high school friend recalled meeting Kilgore at a restaurant during the
    height of the Vietnam War protests. "He was very much involved in the scene,"
    he said. "But that's the way it was back then.
    "I think you have to put a lot of this stuff into the context of the times.
    It was a
    very troubling time. It was confusing to anybody who went through that period.
    "You see how they treat these other radicals who surface have been handled. I
    hope they cut him some slack."
    The underground life of Olson, who was born Kathleen Soliah and disappeared
    with Kilgore, came to a sudden end June 16, 1999, when police pulled her over
    in her white minivan in Southern California. They had received tips from old
    acquaintances and viewers of the TV show, "America's Most Wanted," where a
    $20,000 FBI reward had been posted for her arrest.
    She pleaded guilty to placing a pipe bomb under a police car in Los Angeles in
    1975 and is now serving a 14-year prison sentence.
    Staff members Mike Adamick, Harry Harris, Wanda Hennig and Kristin Bender
    contributed to this report.

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