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Special Assignment (Jordan, Minnesota, Child Sexual Abuse Controversy) #87398

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 22, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Jordan, Minnesota) Controversy here over prosecutor Kathleen Morris' extensive allegations against numerous residents for alleged child sexual abuse, decision to suddenly drop all chgs., and impact on community examined; films shown. [Genevieve COLLING, Mike KIKOS - find situation incredible.] Confession of James Rud and acquittals of Robert and Lois Bentz reviewed. [Former defense Cindy BUCHAN - recalls having children taken from her, arrest.] [Sharon BLOOMQUIST - notes confusion among residents.] Morris' official reason for dropping chgs. recalled. [MORRIS - can't discuss ongoing investigation.] Police reported currently investigating alleged murders of several children. [Dr. Susan PHIPPS-YONUS - notes children tell of witnessing beatings and dismemberment of other children.] Morris reported turning over her files to state attorney general in effort to silence critics. [BUCHAN - believes she and other defs. are victims of poor investigations.] Don Buchan reported returning to work as deputy sheriff for first time since arrest last spring. [Cindy BUCHAN - anticipates children's return.] [BLOOMQUIST - is sad for both children and criminal justice system.]
REPORTER: Joe Spencer

Jennings, Peter;
Spencer, Joe

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