Kansas Bankers Chief Survives Ferry Attack

By Ringer, Richard | American Banker, July 9, 1986 | Go to article overview

Kansas Bankers Chief Survives Ferry Attack


Ringer, Richard, American Banker


Kansas Bankers Chief Survives Ferry Attack

The president of the Kansas Bankers Association was reported in stable condition on Tuesday after sustaining serious injuries in an attack by a sword-wielding Cuban refugee on the Staten Island Ferry near the Statute of Liberty.

Richard Nichols, who assumed the presidency of the Kansas association in May, was "resting comfortably' on Tuesday afternoon in Bayley Seton Hospital, Staten Island, after he was stabbed in the spleen and stomach aboard the ferry boat on Monday morning. Hospital personnel said Mr. Nichols possibly could be released on Sunday or Monday.

Mr. Nichols' wife, Connie, also suffered stomach injuries in the stabbing. She was treated at St. Vincent's Hospital on Staten Island and was in stable condition on Tuesday afternoon. She was expected to be released on Wednesday.

Two people died, and seven others, besides the banker and his wife, were injured in the stabbing incident.

The couple vacationed in New York last week to take part in the Liberty Weekend festivities, according to James Maag, the director of research for the Kansas Bankers Association.

Ironically, Mr. Nichols and his wife had checked out of their hotel and were preparing to return to Kansas when they decided to "make one more swing around the Statue of Liberty' on the ferry, Mr. …

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