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Special Assignment (Snake Handlers) #100426

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 15, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Jolo, West Virginia: Al Dale) Religious practices of fundamentalist Christians who interpret Bible literally with practices such as poisonous snake handling featured; scenes shown. [Pastor Gene SHERBERT - quotes portion of Bible on which his belief is based.] Drinking strychnine and applying flames to the body noted also part of snake handling service; scenes shown. Snake handling's history reviewed. Dewey Chaffin mentioned being bit several times. [Pastor Bob ELKINS -explains continued handling of snakes despite numerous bites.] [Billy SUMMERFORD - quotes Bible.] North Carolina's law against snake handling and outcome of Charles Prince's arrest noted. [Sheriff Jack ARRINGTON - recalls experience.] Prince reported dying later from snake bite. [Dr. Ken AMBROSE - considers sociological factors underlying practice.] [SHERBERT - comments.]

Dale, Al;
Jennings, Peter

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