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Spokane Rape Case #90362

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 14, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Spokane, WA) Controversy over supreme court's overturning rape conviction of Kevin Coe examined; background to his conviction reviewed. [Rape hotline spokesperson Susan FABRIKANT - notes community's paranoia and anger over situation.] [August 1981, jury SPOKESPERSON - finds Coe guilty.] [Ruth COE - claims son is innocent.] [Audio tape, Ruth COE and undercover AGENT - discuss her hiring agent to kill son's judge and prosecutor; remarks transcribed on screen.] Conviction and sentence served by Ruth Coe recalled. [Rape victim Sherrill SOUTH - considers state supreme court's action based on technicalities "sick" and unfair; considers Coe a psychopath.] South said leaving country if Coe is released. [COE - claims innocence.] Jack Olsen's "Son: A Psychopath and His Victims" noted blaming Coe for hundreds of rapes. [OLSEN - recalls Coe's cell mate's account of Coe's tales of rape and murder.] [FABRIKANT - notes psychological impact on community and victims of Coe's release.] Possibility prosecutor won't seek retrial noted. [SOUTH - comments.]

Jennings, Peter;
Rose, Judd

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