Friday, May 1, 1998

Since Schlosberg's murder, Carlisle family has campaigned for justice

Couple on national TV tonight

by Kathy Coyle

Lynda and Jim Bazin of Ember Lane have been in the national media focus since the murder of Lynda's sister, Carol Schlosberg, on a Puerto Escondido beach in Mexico, on March 29. Tonight they will be interviewed on the second segment of a 20/20 program on crime in Mexico at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Carol was the sixth American tourist murdered in Mexico in recent months and the Bazins find themselves swept up in mounting public pressure to have the U.S. State Department upgrade its advisory to citizens requesting a visa to visit that country, and extend the preventive information given to would-be tourists. The couple was featured in a segment of 20/20 televised this past Monday night and is scheduled to appear on America's Most Wanted program tomorrow night, May 2 at 9 p.m. on FOX. The Bazins were to be interviewed on April 30 for NBC News' The Today Show and the television crew will travel to Mexico to cover the story.

Political support for efforts

Senator Ted Kennedy and Representatives Marty Meehan and Ed Markey have weighed in with the Bazins to bring pressure upon the Mexican authorities "to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice." In a joint letter to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Attorney General Janet Reno, the congressmen urged "doing everything possible to disseminate warnings to Americans traveling to Mexico." They also wrote to the Chargé d'Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City about "the lack of progress that is being made in the investigation of this brutal crime" and the "lack of a vigorous investigation by the Mexican authorities."

Markey wrote the responsible

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assistant secretary of state to urge the release of the three-page internal report of the murder investigation prepared by the Mexican government. A copy of this document was promised the Schlosbergs by the Consulate in Mexico City, but so far the State Department has refused to release it and has insisted that they make a formal request for the information under the Freedom of Information Act.

In an interview last week, the Bazins said Americans should know, "If they get in trouble down there, all systems will fail them," as they seem to have failed the Schlosberg family. They see the upgrading of the State Department advisory to travelers to Mexico as one positive step to correct the present situation. They also urge the long delayed appointment of an ambassador to Mexico so that Americans would have a contact person who could act in their behalf in that country.

Three memorials created

The Bazins have established a Carol Schlosberg Memorial Fund with a local post office address: P.O. Box 100, Carlisle. Yale University, where Carol Schlosberg worked, has created two scholastic awards in her honor and are accepting donations in her name. The first is The Carol Schlosberg Scholarship Fund, c/o Montserrat College of Art, P.O. Box 26, Beverly, MA 01905. The second is the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Award, c/o Yale University School of Art, P.O. Box 208339, New Haven, CT 06520-8339.

A one-woman show, "The Work of Carol Schlosberg" will be held at the Art and Architecture Gallery, 180 York Street, New Haven, CT from June 15 to June 28 of this year, with a reception for the exhibition held at the same place on Friday, June 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. Yale is also publishing a book of her art work.

Anonymous local donor

An anonymous local company has established a $25,000 starter fund for a task force to help the Bazins and offered matching funds for donations from company employees. The purpose of the task force is to increase federal efforts related to Carol's murder and raise funds to investigate in Mexico, since the Mexican government's efforts have not been fruitful.

Growing national pressure to alert travelers to the potential dangers in Mexico and the media response to this need have involved the Bazins in a sometimes hectic round of interviews. They feel that the commemoration of Carol Schlosberg and her work is equally important. Residents interested in more information about the memorials proposed may write to the Carlisle address above or e-mail, or phone 371-0155.