|Birth: ||Aug. 7, 1931|
|Death: ||Aug. 1, 1972|
Naples Daily News-Monday, August 7,1972
SOLE SURVIVOR OF SHOOTING IN 1960 DIES IN MIAMI
After living 12 years with a bullet embedded behind his left ear, Jack Beecher collapsed and died a week before his 41st birthday.
He was the sole survivor among 8 persons police said where shot by 17 year old Dennie Whitney during a California to Florida shooting spree in early 1960.
Beecher was shot four times by a bandit at the Miami gas station where he worked on March 3, 1960. But, he survived, unlike 7 previous victims and gave police their first clues which led to the arrest and conviction of Whitney.
Beecher, who lived alone, died Tuesday at his trailer in South Florida Everglades.
"He still had pain and still couldn't work," his aunt, Ann Purvis of Miami, said Wednesday. "But he spent the day with me last Friday and seemed to be getting along well." "He was more cheerful than I've seen him in a long time."
Beecher was still bothered by nagging headaches as a result of his wounds, but Mrs. Purvis said he didn't discuss the shooting much in recent years.
She said he lived a quiet bachelors life, subsisting on a disabled veteran's pension.
The Monroe County Medical Examiner ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Whitney, meanwhile, has spent the last 12 years in Florida's Raiford Prison after being sentenced to death for the killings. But a series of appeals, a stay of executions in Florida and now a United States Supreme Court decision abolished the death penalty has saved Whitney, now 29, from the electric chair.
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