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Copter Hijack and Attempted Prison Break #258030

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 26, 1978
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(Studio) Barbara Oswald's helicopter hijacking in attempt to aid 3 Illinois prison inmates and her shooting death by helicopter pilot recalled.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saint Louis, Missouri) Background report on Oswald; her record as prostitute, according to Saint Louis police, and past job for Army mentioned. Oswald's alleged fascination with convicted skyjacker, bank robber, con man, adventurer Garret Trapnell, who is inmate at federal prison in Marion, Illinois, outlined; book describing Trapnell's life, allegedly read by Oswald, shown. Police theory that Oswald planned Trapnell's escape during visits with him at penitentiary noted. 1977 interview with Trapnell, by Dan Rather for program "60 Minutes", shown. [TRAPNELL - talks of reasonable possibility of escape; cites escape of Papillon from Devil's Island] Details of Oswald's scheme, which police say indicates she wasn't acting alone, given. [FBI spokesperson Edward HEGARTY - lists items found in alleged getaway car discovered near Perryville, Missouri.]

Cronkite, Walter;
Faw, Bob

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