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CAR'S CONTENTS HINT AT VALLEY MAN'S DEMISE.

Byline: Associated Press

The police inventory of the Lincoln Town Car used by a mother-and-son crime team is a bizarre list of props - and possible evidence.

There's a ledger with the names of a wealthy Manhattan widow and other people dead or missing in California and the Caribbean.

Documents with the missing widow's signature - perhaps forged.

A loaded semiautomatic pistol.

The items were in the car driven by Kenneth Kimes Jr. and his mother, Sante - alleged con artists police say are suspected of bilking people from coast to coast.

The duo has left a trail of as many as 22 fake names and false documents authorities are trying to link to theft, murder, arson and fraud stretching from the Bahamas to Florida and California to New York.

After they were arrested Sunday, the green 1997 Lincoln was parked in an FBI garage in Manhattan while police combed through it. Among the items found inside was the ledger that includes the name of Irene Silverman, the 82-year-old Upper East Side millionaire.

Kenneth Kimes had recently moved into a $6,000-a-month apartment in a town house owned by the former Radio City Music Hall dancer. On Sunday, she disappeared - but not before signing financial documents over to Kimes, police said.

The two were arrested outside a Manhattan hotel on a Utah warrant charging them with buying the Lincoln with a bad check drawn on a frozen Las Vegas account.

The ledger also contained the names of slain Granada Hills businessman David Kazdin and a banker missing in the Bahamas, Syed Bilal Ahmed, said the police source, who requested anonymity.

Kazdin was found dead March 14 in a trash bin near the Los Angeles International Airport, shortly after the Kimeses used his Las Vegas house and left it in ashes. Police suspect a fire insurance scheme.

The 64-year-old native New Yorker had been fatally shot with a .22-caliber handgun. Police found a box of .22-caliber bullets in the Lincoln, Police Commissioner Howard Safir said Friday.
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