Peter ley, 72, Found Murdered
PORT CLINTON, O—Peter C. Basiley, 72, night club owner, was shot and killed early Friday. His body was found on the floor of a kitchen closet used for storage of spices, shortening and other supplies.
Dr. C. It. Wood, county coroner, ruled the death a homicide, saying1 Mr. Basiley was shot three times with a .25 caliber automatic revolver. The first bullet ap¬ parently struck the victim in the heart, and the other two—in the left elbow and — —/.■ —r=—
left side—apparently were fired after Mr. Basiley had fallen to the floor.
Sheriff Myron Hetrick is working on the theory the murder Was committed in the act of robbery. However, there was no sign of a struggle and there was no immediate indication that anything was stolen..^...': .'.■."■::.'- '
,': The • shooting j, occurred be¬ tween-1:55 a.m., when JT W»i#.' ress left the night club at the west.city limits on Route 2 and 5 a.m. when Mrs. Arthur L. Robert, a sister-in-law of Mr. Basjley's first wife, called Port Clinton police.
Saw Lights ■ Mrs. Robert, who lives near
■ the night club, said she awaken-
I ed and noticed lights still burn¬ ing at the night club. She told
I police that Mr. Basiley normal¬ ly turned off the lights at 2 a.m. when the bar closed.
Police notified the sheriff's de¬ partment and Hetrick and Po¬ lice Officer David Miller went to the club. They found the doors unlocked, but could find no trace of anyone. They went to the upstairs apartment where Mr. Basiley and his wife, Ath¬ ena, live, but could arouse no one. (Mrs. Basiley is a patient at St. Vincent's hospital, Tole¬ do, where she was taken No¬ vember 10 following an automo¬ bile accident in Toledo.)
Hetrick then went to the near¬ by home of Mrs. Steve Bench- ich, a daughter of Mr. Basiley's, who had a key for the locked apartment. Mr. and Mrs. Banch¬ ich returned to the night club and opened the apartment door and helped look for Mr. Bas-; iley. Once inside the apartment,
I where officers thought Mr. Bas-
j iley might have been asleep, no one was found and a detailed j
! search of the night club was be-1
It was then that the door to the spice closet was opened and the victim was found. AH three bullets had gone through Mr. Basiley's body, and all were re¬ covered.
Officers are conducting a de¬ tailed search of the night spot today in an attempt to turn up facts in the case.
Mrs. Grace Adkins, Port Clinton, the club's lone waitress at this time of the year, said she had left the night club at 1:55 a.m. and that Mr. Basiley was alone when she left. She told authorities her employer had intended to turn out the lights and lock the door five minutes later.
Mr. Basiley operated a res¬ taurant in downtown Port Clin¬ ton for 15 years before building the night club on Route 2 West in 1946. He has operated there ever since then.
Earlier this year, he complet¬ ed arrangements to sell the building to the Port Clinton Moose Lodge, which intends to remodel it into a lodge home.
The lodge was to take posses¬ sion shortly after the first of next year. Mr. Basiley planned to retire.
The victim had spent the ear¬ ly afternoon Thursday visiting his wife in the Toledo hospital. He returned to Port Clinton in time to open the establishment���at 4 p.m.
Surviving besides his widow and daughter, Mrs. Banchich,. are another daughter, Mrs. Ted Graham of Chicago; a son, James, an air freight pilot work¬ ing out of Atlanta, Ga., and several grandchildren.
James Basiley had returned to Atlanta 'just last Tuesday af¬ ter visiting his father for sev¬ eral days. ,
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Neidecker-Eber- le-LeVeck mortuary.
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