Thursday, May 22, 2008

Elderly Man Beaten To Death On Highway

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A motorist beat a former Soviet political prisoner to death with a rock Thursday at a highway rest stop after the victim declined to buy his religious CDs, police said.

Brian K. White, 26, was arrested after a 90-mile chase and charged with murder, eluding police and weapons violations.

The victim, Michail J. Makarenko, 75, spent 11 years in prison for anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda, said his interpreter and secretary, Gregory Burnside. He lived in Hillsboro, Va., and owned an art gallery that exhibited works of banned artists, Burnside said.

Authorities said White approached Makarenko at a rest stop along the New Jersey Turnpike near Moorestown and began striking him in the head with a rock after he declined to buy the religious CDs. Then White got back in his car and headed toward New York City, police said.

Troopers said they caught up with him about 15 minutes later and chased him for about an hour before he pulled over to the side of the road in Teaneck, jumped out of his vehicle and charged at them.


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