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Midwest / Killing Spree / Smith Suicide / Hate Crimes #388853

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 05, 1999
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(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(Chicago: Randall Pinkston) The suicide of Benjamin Smith after a weekend racist killing spree in Indiana and Illinois featured; map shown of the route of Smith's shootings. [Victim's widow Sherialyn BYRDSONG - says the problem is a heart problem, not a gun problem.] [Bloomington, IN, Mayor John FERNANDEZ - says a student was killed because he was Asian.] [Marion County, Illinois, Sheriff Gerald BENJAMIN - describes Smith's bullet wounds.]

(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Jerry Bowen) The racist group, the World Church of the Creator, and other hate groups examined. [Founder Matt HALE - says he was friends with Smith; says the "Church" does not promote violence.] [Simon Rosenthal Center Rabbi Marvin HIER - says Hale is a dangerous bigot.]

Bowen, Jerry;
Pinkston, Randall;
Roberts, John

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