Oct 4, Theresa of Avila (b.1515), Spanish mystic writer and saint, died. She co-founded with John of the Cross (1542-1591) the Order of Discalced (barefoot) Carmelites. “Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man.”
Oct 4, Jackie Collins, actress, author, was born in London, England. Her books included “The world Is Full of Married Men (1968), “Stud” (1969), “Bitch” (1979) and “Deadly Embrace” (2002).
Oct 4, Anne Rice, novelist, was born in New Orleans, La. Her books included “Interview with a Vampire.”
Oct 4, Henrietta Lacks, a black woman, died of cancer in Baltimore. Cells from her body, later known as HeLa cells, were cultivated for research. In 1974 Dr. Nelson-Rees (d.2009 at 80), a UC Berkeley geneticist, reported that the HeLa cells had contaminated other cell cultures in laboratories around the world. In 1986 Michael Gold authored “A Conspiracy of Cells,” a chronicle of the Nelson-Rees study. In 2010 Rebecca Skloot authored “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”
Oct 4, Anne Sexton (b.1928), American poet, died in Massachusetts. In 1991 Diane Middlebrook (1939-2007), authored “Anne Sexton: A Biography.”
Oct 4, Barbara Walters made her debut as the first female nightly network news anchor. She was hired by ABC-TV, and offered a then-unheard of million dollar a year salary to co-anchor with veteran Harry Reasoner. But Reasoner was not pleased with having her there. In addition to their lack of chemistry, the network’s ratings did not improve, and she was replaced in mid-1978. She joined another ABC show, 20/20, where she had much greater success.
Oct 4, In France Florence Rey (19), a literature student, participated in a bungled holdup that left 3 police officers, a taxi driver, and her accomplice-lover dead following a car chase. In 1998 she was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Oct 4, US Federal officials arrested Theresa Marie Squillacote, a former Pentagon lawyer, her husband Kurt Alan Stand, and James Michael Clark for espionage that began with the recruitment of Stand in 1972 by the East Germans. He pleaded guilty to spying for East Germany in 1998.
Oct 4, In Haifa, Israel, Hanadi Taysser Darajat (29), a female Palestinian lawyer, blew herself up in a crowded Mediterranean beach restaurant, killing 21 people including 4 children. A brother and cousin, Jihad terrorists, had been killed in June. Her suicide inspired a piece of installation art in 2004 at the Stockholm Museum titled “Snow White and the Madness of Truth.”
Oct 4, In Peru Maritza Garrido Lecca, a former ballet teacher who used her dance studio to hide Shining Path founder Abimael Guzman, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a three-month civilian retrial. Nicholas Shakespeare used the story as inspiration for his novel “The Dancer Upstairs” (1995), which John Malkovich turned into a 2002 movie of the same name, starring Javier Bardem.
Oct 4, In San Francisco Michael Bailey (26) of Baton Rouge, La., was shot and killed after being lured with friends at the City Nights club by a woman, who set them up for a robbery at the Alice Griffith public housing project. On Dec 23 prosecutors charged 5 people in the killing of Bailey. 2 of the 5 suspects were still at large. In 2014 William Jones (25) and Lance Molina (27) were found guilty of first-degree murder. Ariael Kittles (25) was acquitted of charges that she lured Bailey and friends to the complex.
Oct 4, In New Hampshire Kimberly Cates (42) was killed and her daughter, Jaimie (11) was gravely wounded following a machete attack by Steven Spader during a home invasion by 4 teenagers. Steven Spader (17) and Christopher Gribble (19) both of Brookline, N.H., were charged with first-degree murder. In 2010 Spader was found guilty of murder and other charges and sentenced to life in prison.