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A request for death or priesthood, perhaps


A partial text of the statement issued yesterday by John C. Salvi III, accused of killing two abortion clinic workers in Massachusetts:

I am a resident of the state of New Hampshire. If convicted of the charges I am accused of, I wish to receive the death penalty.

After proceedings are through, I wish to have an interview with Barbara Walters within the year. I will not release all information until that interview.

If I am not proven guilty, upon release I will become a Catholic priest.

This is not an admission of guilt. However, it is a statement about the persecution which the Catholic people face. The Catholic people are being persecuted in the workplace as well as in a whole. There are leaders in government, local, state and federal, which are well aware of the abuse taking place.

Welfare laws are set up to assist a certain group of people but does not benefit all U.S. citizens if they need assistance.

None of the Catholic people would lose their homes if welfare laws were reformed.

Why should a woman without a husband be able to collect if a couple who is married and needs assistance can't get help? These welfare laws seek to break up the family unit.

What the Catholic Church needs to do is to start printing a currency so that individuals who work and make minimum wage can have a supplement to their incomes so that their families will have what they need. We're talking about making sure the Catholic people have the basic necessities in life. That would be a roof over their heads, food, clothing and a little bit more job security. . . .

. . . You may do well, but will your children? Just because you're well employed, does that mean that your children will have a secured future? . . . If the Catho- lic Church had a welfare system, each member would be assured a decent life.

Power is a funny thing. One man is very powerful, yes or no. A man has the power you give him. If 20 million people stand when one man says stand, and if 20 million people sit when one man says sit, then the Catholic Church will have what they need -- a currency. Think about giving a pope that kind of power. . . .

. . . Wake up, people, and smell success in a church which is no successful. Take tips from the Masons and Masonic temple on how to live good and have the things you need. Do what they do so as to be successful. Written from Norfolk City Jail on 1-4-95 after refusing to eat tampered food for four days.

They won at Norfolk City Jail, I received ham and two pieces of Wonderbread that had been tampered with. I ate it anyway, although I could hardly get it down. (The ham smelled like oranges). The next morning I was served breakfast which consisted of two eggs scrambled, one piece of toast and grits that turned my stomach and I began to get sick. . . .

. . . By the time supper rolled around I was sick. The guards then served me chicken with rice and I ate it as well.

Four hours later I fell asleep. By about 1:30 at night I began vomiting severely for approximately 10 hours. As well as vomiting, I also had diarrhea, blurry vision and terrible intestinal pain.

I was placed in a cell with no cold water and I was deprived of a

cup. At this point I refused to eat any more and I have not eaten in the past four days.

Dr. Shephard of the Norfolk County Correctional performed a physical on me and took blood and urine samples to analyze so as to verify the means of tampering.

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