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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.

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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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