ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 19, 1977
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(Studio) West German terrorists retaliate for killings of 3 colleagues and apparent suicides of 3 others.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Bonn, West Germany) West Germany's celebration over rescue of Lufthansa hijack hostages turns to horror as news is released that kidnapped industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer has been found murdered in car near Mulhouse, France, close to German border. This is 1st news of Schleyer since terrorists released videotape of him last Saturday (Tape shown.) Details of Schleyer's death and discovery by authorities noted. Terrorists had demanded release of 11 comrades from West German prisons in return for Schleyer's life; today, suicides of 3 of those 11 are being challenged by their attys., who express doubt that 3 committed suicide when release attempt failed. Attorney for Andreas Baader, Hans Heldman, says client couldn't have shot self. [HELDMAN - says 5 experts have examined body and agree that bullet which killed Baader entered at base of neck and exited at top of forehead.] Most hostages from Lufthansa hijacking seek privacy now, still under effects of ordeal and seeing pilot of plane shot. Mrs. Christine Santiago, American on plane, does hold news conference in Frankfurt.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Frankfurt, West Germany) Mrs. Santiago isn't allowed on camera, because reprisals feared; terrorists on plane had told passengers that if they told of events, they'd be tracked down and executed. Mrs. Santiago's comments with regard to ordeal, include details of pilot's murder in Aden, South Yemen, and of rescue by German commandos, noted.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman
(No location given) Further details with regard to commando raid, according to West German interior minister Werner Maihofer, noted.
REPORTER: Tom Schell Artist: Bill Lignante
(Bonn, West Germany) Incidents of last few days make clear that, though German government may have scored victory in rescuing Lufthansa hostages, war with terrorists is far from over.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) International airline pilots from 9 cntries. announce in London their support for strike to protest lax airport security and death of Lufthansa pilot Juergen Schumann. United States pilots have made no statement yet.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
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