ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 17, 1992
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Washington: James Walker) ABC News investigation of unfulfilled promises to families of MIA/POWs examined; details given of 1991 secret meeting of two of the largest prisoners of war fund-raising groups headed by American Defense Institution's Red McDaniel and prisoners of war hunter Jack Bailey to buy weapons to exchange for prisoners; secret audiotape from the meeting played. [Larry FELDMAN - says Bailey's idea was crazy.] The approach of these activists to the cause noted. [On January 25, McDANIEL - (with transcription on screen) says prisoners will be released soon.] McDaniel's successful fund-raising efforts detailed. [Sister of missing pilot Avery MacKARON - says there have been no results.] Role of Tennessee circuit judge Hamilton Gayden and his bailiff Kamphang Sisongkham, who have distributed fraudulent photos of supposed POWs, in the prisoners of war network outlined. [GAYDEN - comments.] [At a Texas rally, Beau GRITZ - tells of report of United States prisoners of war.] [Team chief Robert KEPLINGER - denies meeting POWs.] [Missing serviceman's relative George BROOKS - cites money paid to Gritz.] The resulting 20 years of broken promises by prisoners of war activists reiterated.
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