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Mexican-American Hijacker #21843

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 01, 1972
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(Studio) Unique hijacker with a cause featured.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Los Angeles, California) [April 13 hijacking shown.] Hijacker didn't want money, just a chance to talk on radio. Ricardo Chavez Ortiz made broadcast, with empty gun in hand, on injustice for Mexican-Americans Ortiz captured, convicted, sentenced to life in prison. Mexican-American activists, however, rally behind him, saying he's a victim of racial prejudice and econ. pressure. [Catholic priest offers mass for him.] [ORTIZ - reads letter to wife, saying he's a victim of society. He gambled life and freedom for children and for Mexican people.] He currently undergoes psychiatric tests. His wife who speaks no English tries to keep family of 8 together.
REPORTER: Dick Shoemaker

Reasoner, Harry;
Shoemaker, Dick

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