1966 death of Doris Duke employee an accident, review finds

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City manager in Newport, Rhode Island, stands with the city’s police department reviewing the 1966 death of an employee of wealthy heiress Doris Duke

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The city manager in Newport, Rhode Island, stands with the City Police Department’s review of the 1966 death of an employee of wealthy heiress Doris Duke, which found no new information that would change the outcome of the original investigation, which It was determined. An Accident.

Police began a review of Eduardo Tyrela’s death in July after a witness who had never spoken to police before came forward after reading Peter Lance’s book “Homicide at Rough Point”. The writer and journalist who grew up in Newport suggested Duke, who died in 1993, acted as intended when he hit Terella with a car at his mansion.

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That witness, 68-year-old Bob Walker, a 13-year-old paperboy at the time, was at the scene for the first time, and his account differed from official versions of what happened.

But while Detective Jacques Vuest, who conducted the review, found Walker “credible”, he concluded in a statement to Lance last week: “There is no new evidence that would change the previous conclusions in this case, nor any new evidence that warrants further review.”

A statement from the office of City Manager Joseph Nicholson Jr. was produced by police on Tuesday: “At this time we cannot ascribe any definite motive or intent for Ms. Duke.”

“To that end, it would be unwise to reclassify this incident or offer any further commentary beyond our official opinion. Accordingly, as we have previously clarified, it remains the opinion of the Newport Police Department that Ms. Duke’s motivations There is insufficient evidence to draw any firm conclusions about this,” the statement said.

Lance called the police review’s findings “absurd” in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

In a statement, he said that as the author of several books criticizing the FBI on terrorism and organized crime, “I have never seen such an abdication from my responsibility to tell the truth about a known criminal act by a law enforcement agency. “

Duke inherited it from his father, James Duke, president of the American Tobacco Company and co-founder of the company today known as Duke Energy. Duke University in North Carolina is named for his family.

Tyrela worked as a designer for Duke for several years. According to Lance’s book, on the day of his death, the pair were taking a car to see an artwork. But the Duke was furious for telling Terella that he was going to be a set designer in Hollywood, Lance said in the book.

Police conducted a brief interview with Duke several days after Terella’s death, at which investigators took her words that it was an accident.

Lance said that the Duke had a great influence in the city in 1966 and apparently still is.

“What this effectively means is that Doris Duke, who died in 1993 at the age of 80, is still a major influence on the current City of Newport administration,” he said.

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