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Battered Wives / Murder Trial #303881

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 29, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) Conviction of Donna Bechtel in murder of abusive husband examined; films shown. [BECHTEL - claims his death was self-defense against alcoholic rage.] [Judge Leeman FREEMAN - sentences her to life.] Ken. Bechtel's history of drunken attacks on wife noted. [YWCA Women's Shelter spokesperson Dreama MOON - believes "good ole boys" are sending message to women about defending themselves.] [Dist. attorney Robert MACY - responds.] No. women abused annually by spouses noted. ["Women Who Kill" author Ann JONES - notes progress has only been theoretical.]
REPORTER: Bill Whitaker

Rather, Dan;
Whitaker, Bill

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