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Arrests made in killing of 'Curious George' writer Alan J. Shalleck

UPI News Service, 02/10/2006 

Two Florida men have confessed to killing "Curious George" collaborator Alan J. Shalleck at his trailer in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Investigators say Rex S. Ditto, 29, of Pembroke Pines, and Vincent Puglisi, 54, of Oakland Park, met Shalleck through a local gay dating network, The Palm Beach Post reported.

After being tracked via Shalleck's recent phone records and picked up by police, the suspects admitted killing the 76-year-old writer and editor, stealing his jewelry and taking money from his checking account, the newspaper said.

They were charged with first-degree murder, armed home invasion, aggravated battery of a person 65 or older and dealing in stolen property.

Shalleck's body was found under a pile of trash in his front yard Tuesday morning. His body had been there for at least a day, officials said.

The suspects told police they did not know Shalleck had co-edited about 30 "Curious George" books and 104 film shorts featuring the little brown monkey.

The first "Curious George" feature film opened in U.S. theaters Friday.

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