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>> steve: that was a change of speed. i thought he went a little light at the end and didn't go strong to the basket. >> andrew: was it a goaltending? >> steve: oh, yes. that's goaltending. hit the backboard first. the next rule has to be changed. they have to be able to go to the monitor for goaltend. there aren't many of them and they always result in basket or not a basket. got to go to the monitor for those. >> andrew: free throws good for anthony woods as d.j. stockman returns. he's a very good three-point shooter. wells comes on out. see if stockman can heat up for the falcons with 3:15 to go.
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>> andrew: fairmont state averages 95 points per game. they have 52 with three minutes left. jolly is rejected by pitts. >> steve: they've got nothing easy in this game in the halfcourt. here comes the trap. but they always are throwing the ball out on of the trap just as the trap is getting there. they had not been in trouble with the ball almost the whole game. >> andrew: dougherty. they work it around. four on the shot clock. woods. that's an offensive foul. on anthony woods. how about justin pitts getting it done defensively. >> steve: watch his defense from behind. wagreat timing that was. >> andrew: pitts, the --
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>> steve: what great timing that was. >> andrew: pitts the junior out of blue springs, missouri, dad transferred but he wanted to stay to missouri. he had established himself there. wanted to finish his career at blue springs south. it was a tough decision but it paid off for pitts as the dii player of the year. wimbusk's three is no good and pitt it ises has it. >> steve: great box-out by schneider that time. that was pitts's 13th career block. >> andrew: there is the whistle with 2:10 fogo. two free throws the rest of the way for the bearcats. fourth foul on jason jolly. >> steve: the pace of this game was set very early, andrew, from the way beginning northwest missouri state made it very clear "we are not going to be thrown out of our game" and they have not been. not one bit.
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that number one, justin pitts, he can control a game with anybody in america. two big misses. >> andrew: still a 12-point lead for northwest missouri state. bingaya will drive. missed it. defended by dougherty. less than two minutes to go. northwest missouri state only has one turnover in the last seven minutes. >> steve: against a team that that's what they live for every possession but they've spread them out and they haven't been able to get good traps on them in this game. >> andrew: ndow launches. and hits it. mccollum's wife, michelle. they can start to taste it here in sioux falls.
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and a whistle and a foul exited by the bearcats. >> andrew: this would be the first time in division ii history that the same school won national titles in football and men's basketball in the same year. northwest missouri state's football team beat north alabama. they've won back-to-back national titles in football, in division i florida did it in the 2006-2017 school year -- in the 2006-2007 school year. the basketball team, 1:22 away from joining the football team as national champions. >> andrew: fullcourt pressure,
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1:22 to play. nearly a steal by stockman. instead pitts has it. what a move by pitts. >> steve: the change of speed to me is what i have really seen that makes him special. >> andrew: the falcons give the foul. that's number five on jason jolly. he's fouled out. >> andrew: ben mccollum's son, peyton. we told you he's just like his dad. he wasn't even smiling there like his dad. >> steve: he's standing too. >> andrew: standing as well. yes. what a day for fdow. 15 points and 18 rebounds. it's his fifth double-double of the season. >> steve: both these coaches do a great job. today it was ben mccollum and his game plan that got this
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thing done. >> andrew: northwest missouri state came in really hungry this season, lost in the sweet 16 each of the last three years. bingaya gets his own miss and puts it back up and in. bingaya has 19 points and five rebouns. mosby is fouled by wimbush with 51 seconds to go. >> andrew: mosby, i transfer from william jewel, now a senior at northwest missouri state.
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a 13-point lead. bingaya gets his own miss, puts it back up, and in, and the foul. >> steve: ben mccollum was making it clear to his team. "do not foul." 21 for bingaya. >> andrew: i don't know if he got fouled there. the fewest points fairmont state has scored in a game this year is 65. that gives you an idea of the defensive job the bearcats have done today. >> steve: not only that, andrew, the tempo on offense is equally important to doing what they did today than their halfcourt defense.
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>> andrew: pitts is at the line. the nabc player of the year with 21 points today. >> andrew: another killer for the falcons today, steve, they missed 20 lay-ups. >> steve: that's ridiculous. but this team defends the basket very well. they were easy shots. no question. but they were contested. >> andrew: bingaya brings up his own miss once again with 29 seconds to go.
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mosby is fouled. >> andrew: they're getting ready to hand out the trophy here in sioux falls. just an amazing crowd here at the pentagon. 59 in green with maryville, missouri being only four hours away but this has been an awesome week here in south dakota and a great atmosphere for the championship game. >> steve: great for these kids to play in this environment for a national championship. >> andrew: mosby the rebound. jerrod calhoun says don't foul.
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>> andrew: northwest missouri state wins its first national title. >> andrew: we will hear from the winners when we come back. the bearcats are dancing in sioux falls. dear predictable, there's no other way to say this. it's over. i've found a permanent escape from monotony. together, we are perfectly balanced,
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northwest missouri state wins the dii national title. let's go to jamie erdahl. >> jamie: you lost three straight sweet 16's coming into this year. what got you over the hump? >> we've got tough kids. we've got competitive kids. they fight and fight and fight. once last year -- they challenged themselves over the summer, got back in the weight room, got back in the summer and got together, competed, and this is just the reward they get for all the work. >> jamie: justin 3i89s, most outstanding player of this -- >> jamie: justin pitts. most outstanding player of the game. >> we got lucky with him. he's a stud. he led us and all of our other seniors led us too. >> jamie: 2350 people here. sold-out crowd in sioux falls. what was it like? >> awesome. this is how bearcats travel. this is how maryville is. it's a special place. we've got a bunch of special kids and we're excited. >> jamie: congratulations. i'll let you take the trophy. >> thank you.
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>> andrew: pitts played the whole game. had 23 points and just one turnover. we'll be back to wrap it up right after this. you're not going to make it. best-selling brand? do you think you can make it? uhh... make it... every time. nice!
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going further to keep drivers moving freely. that's ford... and that's how you become america's best-selling brand. so this year, they're getting a whole lot more. box 365, the calendar. everyone knows my paperless, safe driver, and multi-car discounts, but they're about to see a whole new side of me. heck, i can get you over $600 in savings. chop, chop. do i look like i've been hurt before? because i've been hurt before. um, actually your session is up. hang on. i call this next one "junior year abroad." >> andrew: northwest missouri state becomes the first school to win d-ii national titles in football and basketball in the same year and much like the football team it was that ground-and-pounder style that won them this game. >> steve: much easier to slow a
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tempo down than to speed it up. proven again today. when you have a kid like justin pitts, a dominating point guard, who gets you your stuff all the time he can run a game plan and give ben mccollum credit. they were ready to beat this pressure all day. >> andrew: northwest missouri state with 12 turnovers against a team that forces 17 turnovers per game. pitt averaged 26 points a game this week in south dakota. for steve lappas and jamie erdahl, this is andrew catalon saying so long from sioux falls. closed captioning provided by cbs sports division
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there are over 480,00only 2% will go pro. that means, over 470,000 will not get a shoe contract. no autographs. no private jets. no fan clubs. no hall of fame inductions. instead, they will walk away with something much more valuable. he was secular and pro-western,
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policies he upheld with an iron fist. it was a clash of ideals that resulted in bitter resentment. the americans were held with
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similar scorn for backing the shah's rule and by the late 1970's, the shah was deposed... and ayatollah ruhollah khomeini returned from a 14-year exile to lead the country. several months after his explusion from iran, shah pahlavi, suffering from cancer, traveled to america for treatment. he was welcomed by president jimmy carter. "iran, because of the great leadership of the shah, is an island of stability." for revolutionaries in iran, it was the last straw and they turned their furor towards the u.s. embassy in tehran. sixty six americans were taken hostage. thirteen were released two weeks later but the remaining 53
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were left to wonder when, if ever, they'd be set free. "new trouble in iran has presented the carter administration with a diplomatic crisis at a time when it was hoping to mend fences with tehran's islamic government." "it must be made clear that the failure to release the hostages will involve increasingly heavy cost to iran and to its interests." president carter froze billions in iranian assets, placed an embargo on iranian oil but the standoff continued playing out daily on the nightly news. "and that's the way it is wednesday, january 16, 1980. the 74th day of captivity for 50 americans in iran." "a wew and daring element was disclosed today in the iran crisis which has held world attention for 87 days now." "and that's the way it is thursday, june 12, 1980. the 222nd day of captivity for the american hostages in iran." and that's the way it is, thursday, august 14, 1980. the 285th day of captivity for the american hostages in iran."
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five months into the crisis, president carter cut diplomatic ties with iran and then attempted a rescue operation. "and good morning again if you're just joining us, president carter is about to address the nation to report on an abortive attempt overnight to rescue the american hostages in tehran, an attempt that cost the lives of eight americans when two u.s. aircraft collided on the ground at a remote desert site some hundred miles from tehran." "it was my decision to attempt the rescue operation. it was my decision to cancel it when problems developed in the placement of the rescue team for a future rescue operation. the responsibility is fully my own." the crisis dragged on eating away at president carter's support and by the time iran was finally ready to negotiate, in the fall of 1980 carter lost his reelection bid.
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reagan won in a landslide with the hostage crisis as a key campaign issue. carter would continue negotiations even as his days in office dwindled. then, on the eve of reagan's inauguration, the u.s. and iran finally came to terms. "right on, man! that's great! that's great!" in exchange for the hostages, the u.s. would unfreeze iran's assets. "for many families of the hostages, this was a day of yellow ribbons, champagne, firecrackers even - ecstacy at the approaching end of a shared ordeal." "quickly, state department officials moved into a military hotel this morning to make final preparations for the hostages arrival at nearby wiesboden air force hospital." "when the hostages arrive here, they're expected to spend from anywhere to four days to perhaps a week or more - decompressing, trying to begin the process of returning to a normal life." on january 20, 1981, as
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president reagan was sworn in as the 40th president of the united states, the americans, who'd spent 444 days in captivity, were released into u.s. custody and flown into west germany. "some 30 minutes ago the planes bearing our prisoners left iranian airspace and are now free of iran." "it was a long and harrowing ordeal for the hostages, their families and indeed the entire nation and it was an ordeal that plagued the presidency of jimmy carter. an ordeal's whose final resolution alluded his presidency by less than an hour." "early tomorrow morning i will leave for germany to welcome our hostages to freedom and i know i will take with me the joy and the relief of our entire nation." the curtain finally dropped on the iranian hostage crisis but its fallout continues to strain relations between the
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u.s. and iran. a chapter still wrought with emotions. deep wounds of distrust hovering over the global politics of today. when we continue our look back on kidnappings and hijackings "through the decades," first, we're remembering the story of a young boy's abduction that helped change how the nation deals with missing children and we'll tell you the bizarre story of when a mother claimed wild dogs stole her baby. stay tuned, it's all still to come here on "through the decades." in 1981, john and reve walsh
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were dealt a parents' worst nightmare. their six year old son, adam, was kidnapped from a florida mall two weeks later his severed head was found in a drainage canal more than one hundred miles
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away. since their devtating tragedy, adam's parents have not remained silent going on a tireless crusade to protect children "new national attention and for the first time the start of a national focus today on a problem that each year strikes terror and panic in the hearts of parents of almost two million children, missing children. some never seen again alive." all the attention was too late for six year old adam walsh. but after adam's kidnapping on july 27. 1981, his parents turned their grief into action. "adam's parents were at the white house today when president reagan helped open the national center for missing and exploited children." "the strongest guardian against crime and particularly crime against children, is we the people." "the real victim isn't here. we're not the real victims. we're just the heartbroken parents left behind."
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"the national center will collect names of missing children and help both parents and local police. till now there's been no no centralized computerized index for these cases as there is, for instance, for stolen cars." "i beseech you, not to assume it couldn't happen to you. it has happened to thousands of children and parents." in 1983, adam's father john, who would later host "america's most wanted," told entertainment tonight about the bill he and his wife worked to pass which created the national center for missing and exploited children. "at the time adam was kidnapped, there was the national crime information center, the fbi computer which stored information on stolen cars, boats, and planes. there was no system for unidentified dead in this country. for the last ten years, approximately five thousand unidentified dead had been buried in john doe graves because there was no hookup between coroners or exchange between police, and children weren't a big priority of the system and you could only
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access the system if you had a social security card or driver's license which children don't have. so, the bill now has set up a special computerized system within the ncic to list missing children and unidentified dead, and that was the main emphasis of the missing childrens bill." the walsh's have dedicated their lives to speaking out for victims who have no voice. "the loss of adam is something that i'll never be able to deal with, but this is the way we channeled our grief and anger and heartbreak. i'll never be the same john walsh. i mean, i'll be heartbroken forever." in the early 1980s, australia was gripped by the case of a baby girl who disappeared in the outback. her mother, lindy chamberlain, maintained that a dingo, a wild dog, was responsible. but as the story played out in the media, the public became deeply divided over whether that was in fact true or whether she was
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the killer. azaria chamberlain vanished in 1980, triggering a saga that would last for more than three decades. "a dingo really did get their baby and that ends a 32-year mystery." the mystery started on august 17, 1980, when australian lindy chamberlain claimed a wild dog snatched her nine week old infant, azaria from the family's tent during a camping trip in the outback. but many people didn't believe her. dingos weren't known for killing humans. after two inquests in two years, a stoic chamberlain was put on trial and convicted of murdering her daughter. she was sentenced to life in prison but was later exonerated by new evidence and released. "nearly five years after lindy chamberlain was found guilty of murdering her daughter, a tourist fell and died while hiking in the same area azaria disappeared. when rescuers
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found the hiker's body they also found a small piece of clothing near a dingo den. it tned out to be azaria's jacket, a crucial piece of evidence that led to lindy's conviction being overturned." "the case became world famous after hollywood turned it into a movie." a movie called 'a cry in the dark," starring meryl streep. "my instinct from the time i met her was that she was innocent. no question." "she was amazing. she's just an amazing woman. she's an ordinary person but she's absolutely extraordinary. that's what drew me to the part." streep's portrayal of chamberlain was sympathetic. "i'd like to know more than anybody else what happened to my baby daughter." but the tragedy of her story was largely lost on american audiences who instead fixated on a strange and funny sounding word. "the dingo took my baby." the line was turned into something of a joke and soon made its way into pop
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culture. "tell my fiance, i am looking for him. i have lost my fiance, the poor baby." "maybe the dingo ate your baby." after that, it went viral, taking on a life of its own. "a dingo ate my baby. a dingo ate my baby. a dingo ate my baby." "i'm sorry a dingo ate your baby." "hey, i think i hear a dingo eating your baby." although she was cleared in the case, chamberlain spent decades seeking proof that azaria had been killed by a dingo. and on july 12, 2012, she got it, a coroner's certification. "i am satisfied the evidence is sufficiently cogent and excludes all other reasonable possibilities as to what occurred," "today's ruling finally puts to rest their monumental fight for justice, in a case that's captured the public's imagination for more than three decades." it was time for chamberlain to
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have the final word. 'if you know you are right, she said after the ruling, 'never give up.' from charles lindbergh junior to patty hearst, one thing those cases had in common besides the headline grabbing names was the massive manhunts they sparked. the same could be said for sidney reso it was april,1992 when the president of exxon international, left his new jersey home and didn't come back. the search for answers lasted two months until reso's body was found. "the president of exxon international is reported missing tonight . the fbi has joined the search for sidney reso. the exxon executive left his new jersey home this morning but never made it to work." it was the nation's largest kidnapping manhunt in decades. the story of a wealthy and powerful executive who just up and vanished.the trail of clues captured headlines with the new
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york times calling it a "twisted tale of a kidnapping and of dreams gone wrong." "he vanished april 29 after leaving for work. his car was found running with at the end of the driveway in morris township, new jersey." "we would like to think that if indeed mr. reso has been abducted, it's an exceptional thing and we're going to do whatever it takes to return him home." sidney reso's wife of 20 years, patricia appealed for his safe return "sid, please if you can hear me, know that we love you. we miss you and we pray for you every day." by this time, reso had been missing for three weeks and after receiving some mysterious ransom notes, the fbi worried that the 57 year old executive may have been the first victim of environmental teorism. "authorities say the alleged kidnappers have left at least two ransom notes in local malls. the notes, reportedly asking for money and containing
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environmental language were signed the 'rrainbow warriors.' their specific demands are not being revealed." "the environmental group greenpeace owned a ship named rainbow warrior but denies any connection to reso's disappearance." "no environmental group that i've worked with, no environmental activist that i've worked with would consider a tactic like this. it's not something that would accomplish anything." the alleged kidnappers had been calling exxon who'd been working with authorities. on june 19, the fbi closed in. "a former exxon corporation security guard and his wife are being held without bail tonight in new jersey, charged in connection with the mysterious disappearance of exxon's top executive." "just after midnight, just after he made what officials say was another in a series of ransom calls, 45 year old arthur seale was arrested along with his 45 year old wife, irene. they have been charged with kidnapping and extortion." finally on june 27, 1992, investigators found reso's badly decomposed body in this
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new jersey pine forest. "although authorities refuse to specify how reso died, it's believed he suffered a heart attack just days after his april 29 abduction." he had been kept in a padlocked wooden box inside a storage room, shot in the arm the morning he vanished. he actually died a few days after his abduction on may 3. "nobody can say that a man who dies in captivity, having been abducted from his family and having been held against his will, died of natural causes." "arthur seale, a former exxon security guard and his wife irene were reportedly in financial trouble after he lost his job and demanded close to 20 million for reso's return. officials would not confirm if mrs. seale directed investigators to reso's body." "it remains unbelievable to imagine that individuals driven solely by greed can end the life of an individual at 57 years
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old." seale, the former policeman and security guard got 95 years, his wife irene who cooperated with authorities and led them to reso's body was given 20. she was released in 2009. still to come, we're looking back on the case of a young girl, whose adbduction caused a national sensation and set off a series of events that would reform the prison system plus, the infamous kidnapping of one of country music's biggest stars. this is "through the
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of all american children kidnapped annually, just over 100 per year are abducted by a stranger. in october 1993, one such victim was 12-year-old polly klaas. but despite the rarity of her case, it was the beginning of a rallying cry for americans and the media in part because of the dawn of the internet age. "right now, the fbi among others is trying to solve the mystery of a california girl who was kidnapped right out of her home three weeks ago." her case was a product of early '90s america. a nation on the
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cusp of both a technological and justice system overhaul. when a bearded criminal ripped 12-year-old polly klaas from her bedroom october 1, 1993, it set off a series of events that would transform prison reform for decades. the skin-crawling fact that polly was taken from the security of her own bedroom resonated with america and the media. national news organizations featured her case nightly. celebrities offered six figure rewards. "we had a lot in common and she went to my school and she wanted to be an actress." and for the first time, volunteers turned to the internet to spread the word of a missing child. "the information highway you've heard about, we're on it. we're full bore. we're full steam ahead. we've got our pedal to the metal and we're getting this picture out of here anyway we can." posters and flyers were sent to fax machines in all corners of the world.
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"it feels to me, as her mom, like the people here are reacting to this as if it was their own child." it was one of the most widespread searches for an individual child in history. "we're hoping for the best and fearing the worst." but all those resources couldn't save polly klaas. police found her body in a field a couple months later. "today, police are questioning richard davis, a man who has spent most of his life in prison, but has been out on parole since june." "this is the prime suspect in this case." "they found him when they raided an isolated house in northern california, but they did not find the missing 12- year-old." richard davis told the cops he had strangled polly and left her body in some bushes. davis was a man with a past checkered with kidnapping convictions and assaults towards women. but even with that violent history, he was paroled just a few months before abducting
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polly. "look it, polly was just stolen right out of her house by a violent person who has no business being on the outside, but he had been returned time and time and time again." that fact spread fast through the press which ensuingly pushed the public then eventually lawmakers to call for reform. three and a half painful years after he ripped polly from her home, davis learned his fate. "the verdict is in in the kidnap and slaying of polly klaas. a jury in san jose, california, today convicted richard allen davis of murder in the first degree. davis abducted the 12 year-old girl from her bedroom during a slumber party three years ago. he could be sentenced to the death penalty." but polly's case would be used to push a policy that fed on fear. "you can almost hear the laughter of some of these violent criminals. they're laughing at the system that lets them out again and again to attack innocent people again
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and again. they're laughing at us." because davis had been allowed to get out of jail, "three strikes" laws were en vogue in all levels of government. polly's dad marc started out as a supporter of initiatives that would lock up violent criminals for life on their third offense. but that wasn't the case in a final bill in california. and marc klaas, a man whose own daughter's kidnapping set off the calls for getting tough on repeat offenders pulled his support because of what many of us now know today about "three strikes" legislation. "the bitter truth is 72 percent of the people that are being charged under the third strike are non-violent offenders and in fact, the crime that is being targeted most heavily by a third strike is drug possession." polly klaas' case brought much needed awareness and law enforcement reform to missing children cases. but when trying to do good, we
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can sometimes go too far. three strikes laws may have saved polly klaas but even her father is skeptical about the signature laws that came as a result of her case. "we're putting some people away, there's no question about that, but at the same time because so much of our resources being devoted to three strikes i think what's happening is we are creating just as many, if not more, criminals. because it is diverting money from social programs that can aid at-risk youth." she was known as the first lady of country music who despite all her success, led a hard country life and one day in october of 1978 may have been one of her lowest points. it was the day tammy wynette said she was abducted at gunpoint. best known for her song, 'stand by your man,' superstar country singer tammy wynette, who's real name was virginia
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wynette pugh, always considered herself a survivor. "oh absolutely. i am a survivor, yeah." "i think it's because i was told so much when i was a little girl, that you can't do this and you can't do that you know or it would be hard for you to do this." "i absolutely developed the attitude, i will or bust trying so i think that makes me a survivor. i try really, really hard and i don't let 'no' stand in my way." as a little girl, tammy knew she always wanted to sing. "when i was four, i would stand on the benches and sing at the top of my lungs as loud as i could sing. i couldn't help it, i just had to sing." her dream came true as a divorced mom of three after moving to nashville in 1966 and
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landing a contract with epic recos. her producer changed her stage name to tammy. through the years, she collected number one hits and husbands. sometimes they came together like when tammy married her third husband, her idol, country singer george jones with whom her professional collaboratons were gold. personally, the relationship was a disaster and they divorced in 1975 after six years of marriage. later, tammy would be plagued by health issues and strange occurences. "there have been mysterious fires and break ins at her pallatial nashville home along with telephoned kidnap threats against her daughter." on october 4, 1978, tammy wynette was kidnapped. "i guess it's the most ... well i have to say. it's the most frightened i've ever been in my entire life." "i'll never go out alone again, said tammy wynette today. that might be a line from 'stand by your man' or any of her other top 20 country music hits over the last decade but miss
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wynette was referring to her abduction from a nashville shopping center last night." "that he didn't demand anything. i offered him as i said before credit cards, the car, anything if he would just let me out with my life but the only thing he ever said to me was one word, 'drive.'" "she was released along this dirt road, 80 miles south of nashville and was found by mrs. jeanette young and her son. they said miss wynette was coughing and gasping for breath and had a pair of pantyhose tightly wrapped around her neck." "she said to me, she said, this man has tried to kill me. i'm tammy wynette first, and she says this man has tried to kiil me he's put something around my throat." "today, miss wynette said she still does not know why she was kidnapped." "when he finally stopped the car, he took the gun in his left hand, opened the door and pulled me out through the other side of the car
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and we were in the middle of nowhere and i just thought, well, you know, this is it." despite a broken cheekbone and some bruises, the singer insisted her scheduled show would go on two nights later in columbia, south carolina. police described the abduction as puzzling. some thought it was a publicity stunt. others thought one of her husbands may have been involved. no one was ever caught. on april 6, 1998 the country music star died in her sleep without the truth of her abduction ever being resolved. when we come back , we'll turn to an international battle. one that resulted in routine hijackings in american airspace and what the u-s did to stop them. them.
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may 26 was like a lot of other days in 1969. a day that
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featured a hijacked commercial passenger jet. airplane hijackings hit their peak that year as the phrase "take me to cuba" entered the lexicon. the northeastern airlines 727 had only 20 people on board including the crew. the federal aviation administration said "flight 6" was headed to new york but just east of jacksonville, florida, the captain radioed that he had been hijacked and was turning around. it landed in havana around noon eastern that day. in all, hijackers took control of 82 flights worldwide in 1969. the most of any year. prior to 1958, there was an average of just onehijacking a year. what changed? castro's cuba.
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"from his stronghold in the wild, sierra maestra mountains. cuba's fidel castro emerged triumphant after two years of guerilla warfare against the batista regime." most hijackings in the late '50s and '60s were done for travel reasons. to either run from criminal charges to a country who wouldn't send you back like cuba or to get back to the island after leaving following the revolution. eighty percent of all global hijackings between 1958 and 1969 started somewhere in the western hemisphere and of those, 77 percent either originated in cuba or were diverted to the island. in '69, all but two hijackings in the u.s. sought cuba as a destination. it was so common, airlines had navigation info for the havana airport even though none of them had flown there commercially in at least eight years. airlines ordered pilots to comply with all demands and also had a set of standard procedures for how to get planes and passengers back to the
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states. most of the time that's exactly what happened making hijackings merely harmless inconveniences early on. that exposure inspired even more people to consider it as a way to run. "a few miles south of rome, a manhunt began when hijacker minichiello fled from the hostage he had taken by car from rome airport, the chief of airport police and disappeared into the countryside." on halloween of 1969, u.s. marine raffaele minichiello hijacked an san francisco flight and stopped in denver, new york, bangor, maine and shannon, ireland on his way to rome. "would you do it again?" "go home! go home." covering 6900 miles, it was the longest hijacking in history and had coverage nearly ever step along the way.
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in late 1970, the u.s. got 75 countries to sign the hague hijacking convention. an international agreement for how to prevent and punish hijackers worldwide. but it would take three years until there was a real decline in the practice. that's when cuba and the u.s. worked out a deal that would let the hijackers stand trial in the states. while extortion hijackings for political reasons continued around the world, the u.s. hijacking numbers dropped dramatically after the mid-'80s. but what seems like an improbability today was really quite normal back in 1969. that'll do it for us today.
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i'm bill kurtis. as we leave, one last look back at kidnappings and hijackings, "through the decades." at kidnappings and hijackings, "through the decades."
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