NBC Evening News for Monday, May 08, 1978
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(Studio) Special report is on Italian terrorism, it's impact, and coping with it. Red Brigades' use of crippling techniques to attack people noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Rome, Italy) Red Brigades use of kneecapping, or shooting person thru kneecaps and crippling them for life, described; some who have been victims of this listed, along with their positions in business or pols. Photos shown. IRA's use of kneecapping in North Ireland in years past mentioned. One of 1st victims of kneecapping in Italy was manager of Italian operations of United States oil company, Giovanni Theodoli. [THEODOLI - describes experience and consequences of it, both physically and with regard to his protection by police.] Theodoli's position as president of Italian Petroleum Association noted; precautions taken by Association for safety of members in getting to mtgs. around country outlined. [THEODOLI - cites identification procedures for locating meeting sites.] Precautions taken privately and by police for safety of middle and upper income figs. in Italy described; is noted that this hasn't stopped Red Brigades in kidnapping of former premier Aldo Moro, but for attempts at kneecapping, these precautions might be deterrent. Franco Ferrarotti is noted to be socialist, newspaper columnist and frequent critic of Red Brigades. [FERRAROTTI - says lifestyle of self and family has been changed by security measures, but that to leave Italy now would be act of desertion. Thinks democrat will eventually win.] Is noted that most victims and potential victims remain in Italy, despite need for tight security.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs