NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 27, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Columbus, Ohio: Bob Jamieson) Scheme to commit perfect crime, include murder, fraud and insurance scam featured. Melvin Hanson, John Hawkins and California Dr. Richard Boggs reported attempting to fake Hanson's death and enjoy life insurance money; details given of plot and investigation, scenes shown. [Franklin Cnty., Ohio, assistant prosecutor Dan ABRAHAM - comments on plan.] Boggs' role in scheme outlined. [Farmers Ins. company attorney Melvin WEINSTEIN - says plan was almost successful.] Hawkins noted fleeing Ohio when he heard that California police had determined that body was not Hanson's. [Hawkins' roommate Erik DESANDO - comments on Hawkins.] Body noted identification as that of drifter Ellis Henry Green. [BOGGS - denies murdering Green.] Hanson noted arrested in Texas; scenes shown. Hawkins reported in hiding. [DESANDO - says he heard that Hawkins was terrified.] [ABRAHAM - says plan nearly worked.]