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Hearst Kidnapping / Sympathy Donation #232941

CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 15, 1974
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(Studio) FBI investigates possibility of 2 ex-convicts among Patricia Hearst's abductors.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(San Francisco, California) FBI Probes for real name of kidnapper identifying himself as Cingue on tape sent to Hearst family earlier in week Kidnapper may be ex-con Don. DeFreeze. FBI agents search DeFreeze's mother's home in Cleveland, Ohio. Other voice on tape may be Thero Wheeler, also an ex-con. [FBI Charles BATES - says 2 ex-convicts among large number considered to have knowledge of kidnapping; probe hasn't yet been narrowed.] [Randolph HEARST - doesn't worry about identify of kidnappers; workable ransom plan agreeable to kidnappers is most important]
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(Studio) So far, Hearst family recs. $1/2 million from sympathizers wanting to help meet kidnappers' demands. Carolyn Sanders is 1 contributor.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(North Glenn, Colorado) [Welfare recipient, Carolyn SANDERS - explains reason for donating $70 to Hearst family.] Mrs. Sanders dislikes welfare system she depends on, but offers no support for kidnappers' plan for helping poor. [Mrs. SANDERS - wishes she could help more, but hopes contribution to show human life worth much more than money.]

Cronkite, Walter;
Threlkeld, Richard

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