CBS Evening News for Friday, Jul 24, 1981
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(Studio) Prison violence noted dealt with by Cervantes, Jean Genet, O'Henry, Eldridge Cleaver; Norman Mailer's book on Gary Gilmore mentioned.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Convict Jack Henry Abbott's success with book, "In the Belly of the Beast", a collection of letters to Norman Mailer noted. [Literary agent Scott MEREDITH - notes potential for Abbott's success.] Police reported looking for Abbott as suspect in Saturday killing of Richard Adan; details given. films shown. [Father-in-law Henry HOWARD - recalls Adan's literary efforts.] Abbott's life since release from prison, include association with Mailer, discussed; photos shown. [MEREDITH - notes his and Mailer's reaction to killing.] [HOWARD - questions parole board's release of Abbott.] "In the Belly of the Beast" quoted with regard to violence as Abbott's only contact with humans.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner
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