× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Murder / Hollywood Ties #167230

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jun 28, 1996
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Judy Muller) The legal crossing of criminal realities and movie fiction examined; details given of the case in which Sara Edmondson admitted shooting a convenience store clerk in Louisiana and implicated her boyfriend Ben Dares in a murder in Mississippi after watching the film "Natural Born Killers". [Paralyzed clerk Patsy BYERS - blames film director Oliver Stone.] [STONE - responds and defends the movie.] [Louisiana attorney Joe SIMPSON - cites the negligence law in Louisiana.] Suggestion from novelist John Grisham, writing in "The Oxford American", that the film makers are liable on grounds of a "defective product" quoted. [STONE, First Amendment lawyer Floyd ABRAMS - criticize Grisham's analysis.]

Jennings, Peter;
Muller, Judy

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.