A 32-year-old Silver Spring man was indicted by a Washington grand jury yesterday in the January stabbing death of a former Radcliffe student whom he had allegedly persuaded to work here as a prostitute.
A D.C. Superior Court judge issued an arrest warrant for Albert A. (Kit) Breach, who is also charged in the 19-count indictment with inducing five other women to work as prostitutes for him.
The indictment charged Breach with second degree murder while armed in connection with the death of Cynthia Louise Herbig, 21, who died on Jan. 17 of stab wounds in the chest and abdomen.
Herbig, who was known on the street as "Mika Jenson," was apparently attacked in a dimly lit parking lot behind a building in the 1300 block of 22nd Street NW where she shared an apartment with Breach.
At the time of the incident, Breach told police that he found Herbig lying on the sidewalk in front of the building at about 4 a.m. He then took her to the emergency room at George Washington University Hospital where she died a short time later, police said.
Sources said yesterday that Breach remained in contact with police here until May and then went to Vancouver, British Columbia. In July, Breach was arrested in Chicago on a District of Columbia warrant that charged him with pandering -- including women to engage in prostitution. He was released after his mother posted a $5,000 bond and his passport was confiscated by the court at that time, sources said.
Breach and his mother then came to Washington where they consulted with a criminal defense lawyer, sources said. The lawyer advised Breach to appear in Superior Court, as scheduled, on the pandering charge, sources said. Breach's mother returned to her New York home and Breach was not seen again, the sources said.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office here, Breach's last know address was on White Stone Court in Silver Spring.
Herbig grew up in Missoula, Montana, where she was an accoumplished cellist and an honor student, graduating third in her high school class. Her father was director of the Missoula Youth Symphony and "Cindy," as she was known there, was a member of the All-State Orchestra.
At Radcliffe, Herbig kept up her interest in classical music and began to pursue studies in science, friends and acquaintances have said. But she became disenchanted with the academic demands and was unhappy with the Ivy League atmosphere of Cambridge, they said. At Thanksgiving of her sophomore year in 1978, she returned to Montana.
In Missoula Herbig met a man who encouraged her to come to Washington and work as a prostitute, sources said. She left Montana in the summer of 1977.
In Washington, while working as a prostitute, Herbig continued to pursue her love for music, once discussing the subtle details of Dvorak's Cello Concerto at a party. She flatly told the man she was speaking with that nigh, "I'm a prostitute."
In the 14th street area, women who knew Herbig described her as "sweet" and "conservative" in her appearance. Police who knew her said she was intelligent and was unusually careful about her business to the point where she kept a book of regular customers, sources said.
At the time of her death, Herbig reportedly told friends and family that she wanted to leave Washington and return to Montana and to school.
When Herbig was found dead in the early hours of Jan. 17, she was reportedly wearing a rabbit's fur jacket, a skirt and one boot. Her purse, its contents and her other boot were lying in the parking lot. On the sidewalk in front of the apartment building, police found what appeared to be bloodstains.
Breach later formally identified Herbig's body at the D.C. Medical Examiner's office.
The news of Herbig's violent death in Washington, first told in a frontpage obituary in her hometown newspaper, The Missoulian, came as a shock to the people of the small university town, where the Herbig family is well known and respected. Herbig was buried after an emotional church service attended by an overflow crowd of family, friends and admirers.
The painful reaction to her death intensified when her way of life in Wasington was disclosed in The Missoulian, following a story published in The Washington Post.The Montana newspaper was criticized both by its readers and its own editorial writer for revealing Herbig's life as a prostitute.
Letters of protest filled the newspaper's pages for days as local residents rallied to the Herbig family with emotional support. Advertisements and subscriptions were cancelled. A national journalism magazine wrote at length about the decision-making process that led to the publication of the Herbig story in Washington and Montana.
In the indictment returned yesterday, the grand jury here charged that Breach induced Herbig to engage in prostitution and received money from her that she earned as a prostitute.
In legal terms, Breach was charged with pandering and procuring which means, in layman's language, that Breach is accused of acting as a pimp.
Students who had known Herbig at Radcliffe and Harvard University were stunned and confused and often silent about the time she spent there, about her move to Washington and the circumstances of her death.
The Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper, pieced together fragments of her life at school and in Montana. Herbig, the story said, had chosen an "alternative lifestyle." The story was accompanied by a school photograph of Herbig -- a pretty, blonde woman dressed in painter's overalls standing with a group of her classmates.
Breach was also charged by the grand jury with six counts of pandering and six counts of procuring in connection with five other women. The grand jury also charged that Breach scalded and disfigured one of the women and then assaulted and threatened her. Breach also assaulted another woman, the grand jury said. According to sources, one of the other women was also from Missoula, Mont.