Nov. 11,1983 / Montrose Voice 9
Falcon Studios model "Dick Fisk," 28, was
killed Oct. 31 with his lover and the driver
of another vehicle in an early morning
auto accident in an Atlanta, Ga., suburb,
Fisk, whose real name was Frank Ricky
Fitts, and his lover Billy Joe Howard, 22,
were enroute home.
As reported by Atlanta's Cruise News,
police said Howard was driving when his
Dick Fisk in Falcon photo
car crossed the center lane and struck a
pickup truck driven by Stewart Rhette
Wallace, 31, of West Marietta.
Fisk had recently appeared in the Mandate and Torso. His major film endeavor
was Falcon's The Other Side of Aspen.
He had recently been employed at
Atlanta gay clubs.
Still Heated Issue
By Dion B. Sanders
Via GPA Wire Service
SAN FRANCISCO—With the fifth anniversary of the assassinations of Mayor
George MoBcone and openly gay city
Supervisor Harvey Milk approaching, the
Justice Department in late October
refused to either confirm or deny a local
TV news report that Attorney General William French Smith had been urged not to
prosecute their convicted killer.
KGO-TV reported that Smith received a
recommendation from the department's
criminal division that former Supervisor
Dan White, who shot Moscone and Milk to
death at point-blank range in their City
Hall offices on Nov. 27,1978, not be prosecuted on charges that he violated their
John Russell, a Justice Department spokesman, told The Sentinel, a local gay
newspaper, that the White case "is still
being examined by the criminal division,
and no new decision has been made."
Russell added that although he does
expect a decision to be reached soon, "I
can't tell you just what soon is."
A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Joseph
Rusoniello expressed total surprise by the
KGO-TV report. "Not only have we not
heard about this so-called recommendation, but if it had been given, we would
have been informed."
Rusoniello himself was quoted by the
San Francisco Chronicle as saying that "I
would expect to be the first to know (if a
decision had been made). We have no
information about any decision that has
The report was attacked by the longtime
lover of Milk as "totally off-base." C. Scott
Smith, the sole heir to the Milk estate,
claimed that contrary to KGO-TV, "other
news sources said a recommendation had
not been made yet."
Moreover, Scott Smith said, the report
was broadcast on a Monday when the Justice Department received new information
on the case "only that weekend."
John Wahl, the attorney representing
the Milk estate, was quoted by the Chronicle as saying that the KGO-TV report was
"a trial balloon by the Justice Department."
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