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Attempted Copter Jailbreak #54015

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 25, 1978
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(Studio) Report on helicopter hijacking and attempted jailbreak in Marion, Illinois. Shooting death of hijacker Barbara Annette Oswald, of Saint Louis, in attempt to force helicopter landing in prison yard noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Saint Louis, Missouri) No. of successful helicopter prison escapes since Chas. Bronson's movie "Breakout" was released noted. Details of latest attempt, involving helicopter pilot and Vietnam vet Allan [sic] Barklage, given. [BARKLAGE - was more afraid of helicopter crashing than of being shot. Describes final moments of ordeal as he foiled hijacking and attempted prison escape.] Federal authorities' speculation that Barklage wouldn't have survived if Copter had landed at Marion penitentiary noted.
REPORTER: Ron Miller

Miller, Ron;
Reasoner, Harry

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