Battered Persons

Veteran Links Prison Camp Terror to Slaying

By Don Terry
September 8, 1997

For 50 years, Richard Keech tried to forget his ghosts.

As a young marine in World War II, Mr. Keech spent more than three years as a prisoner of war in Japanese camps and helplessly watched many brave buddies die from disease, hunger and brutality.

But he survived, returned home to Long Beach, finished college, got married and raised a family on Carfax Avenue, a street of single-family houses and big yards in this city just south of Los Angeles.

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