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Prince Bertil

January 6, 1997

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Prince Bertil, the uncle of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and widely popular for his promotion of athletics, died Sunday. He was 84.

A onetime Swedish junior champion in speedskating, the prince was closely linked to sports for most of his life.

He was chairman of the national sports federation for 45 years and a longtime member of the Swedish Olympic committee. He lighted the Olympic torch when Stockholm hosted the equestrian events in the 1956 games.

His passion for fast cars gave him the nickname of ``the motoring prince″ and during the 1930s and 1940s he raced cars in Europe. Knowing his father would disapprove, he entered under the alias of ``Monsieur Adrian.″

Prince Bertil was part of the sixth generation of the French Bernadotte family that ascended to the Swedish throne in 1818. He was a great-grandson of Britain’s Queen Victoria.

The third-born son of King Gustaf VI Adolf, the prince was briefly next in line to the throne after his eldest brother died in a plane crash and his next-oldest brother waived his right to the throne.

In 1976, the prince married Wales-born Lillian Craig, after living in a common-law marriage for decades.

Peter Zack Geer

COLQUITT, Ga. (AP) _ Former Lt. Gov. Peter Zack Geer, who prosecuted one of Georgia’s most notorious murder cases, the Alday family murders, died Sunday of cancer. He was 68.

Geer was appointed special prosecutor to try four men accused in the execution-style slaying of six family members. Then-Gov. Jimmy Carter called the 1973 murders ``the most heinous in Georgia history.″

The death sentences Geer won were overturned on appeal 11 years later because of enormous pre-trial publicity. The cases were retried and the defendants were convicted.

According to testimony, three Maryland prison escapees were returning from Florida with another man when they stopped at a trailer in rural southwest Georgia. They were burglarizing the mobile home when they were surprised by the Aldays, who were returning to their home from working in the fields.

The Aldays were found shot to death by a relative.

Geer, who had worked as an attorney in Albany until recently, was lieutenant governor under Democratic Gov. Carl Sanders from 1963-1967.

Harry Helmsley

NEW YORK (AP) _ Harry Helmsley, a self-made billionaire whose many business successes were overshadowed in recent years by his wife, Leona, and her highly publicized tax evasion conviction, died Saturday of pneumonia. He was 87.

Helmsley died at a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz., said Howard J. Rubenstein, Helmsley’s New York-based spokesman.

``My fairy tale is over,″ Mrs. Helmsley said in a statement. ``I lived a magical life with Harry.″

From the 1950s to the mid-1980s, Helmsley was a major player in real estate. His vast holdings included 27 hotels and 50,000 apartments and control of the Empire State Building.

By the end of his life though, Helmsley was best known not as a powerful businessman, but as the senile husband of a woman who came to symbolize the greed of the 1980s.

He avoided prosecution on similar tax evasion charges after a court found him incompetent to stand trial because of advanced age and declining health.

In addition to New York, he had holdings in Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Washington, D.C., and other cities.

He pioneered the syndication of real-estate properties using a system developed by lawyer Lawrence A. Wien. Helmsley found the buildings and Wien rounded up the money for their deals.

His crowning achievement was the purchase of the Empire State Building in 1961 through syndication for a then-record price of $65 million.

Helmsley hired the former Leona M. Rosenthal as a real estate executive in 1971 and married her a year later after divorcing his wife of 33 years.

In 1980, Mrs. Helmsley took control of Helmsley’s hotels _ six luxury hotels in New York and the Cleveland-based Harley chain.

An ad campaign dubbed Mrs. Helmsley the hotel queen, and her husband said he was happy to let her have the limelight. Meanwhile, her reputation as a tough, often dictatorial, businesswoman began to emerge. Local tabloids dubbed her ``The Queen of Mean.″

In 1988, the Helmsleys were charged by state and federal prosecutors with tax evasion. He was declared incompetent to stand trial because of memory and reasoning problems.

She was convicted in 1989 of evading $1.2 million in federal taxes by billing personal expenses to the business. She wound up spending 18 months in prison.

Harry P. Jeffrey

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ Former U.S. Rep. Harry P. Jeffrey, a co-author of the GI Bill of Rights, died Saturday. He was 95.

He was elected as a Republican from the 3rd District in 1943, holding the post until 1945.

Jeffrey was co-author of the GI Bill of Rights, and had argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He held the title of Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was a founding member of Fairmont Presbyterian Church.

During the 1950s, Jeffrey served as president of the Dayton Bar Association and president of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Daniel J. Mahoney Jr.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Daniel J. Mahoney Jr., former publisher of The Palm Beach Post and chairman of the board for Palm Beach Newspapers Inc., died of cancer Saturday. He was 69.

Mahoney came to Palm Beach County in 1975 after serving as president of Dayton Newspapers Inc. for seven years. The Dayton and Palm Beach newspaper companies are owned by Cox Enterprises, Inc., an Atlanta-based media company with extensive newspaper, broadcasting and cable holdings.

He was the publisher of The Post and The Evening Times for 10 years and of The Palm Beach Daily News and the Miami News for a shorter period. He was named chairman of the board for Palm Beach Newspapers in 1985 and retired a year later.

During Mahoney’s tenure, the press capacity of the newspapers doubled. He oversaw most of the papers’ conversion to computers and guided them through costly newsprint increases.

His father had been publisher of the Cox-owned Miami News and had worked for the News for 40 years.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Mahoney graduated from Yale University in 1950 and earned a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1953. He was a member of the Florida Bar.

Mahoney is survived by two daughters, Martha Mahoney Sadler and Helen Mahoney Pardoe; one son, Daniel J. Mahoney III; and seven grandchildren.

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