Sunday, June 25, 2017

"Terror in the Library" in ABC's "In an Instant" series, 1994 event disturbing for singling out hostages


ABC’s “In an Instant”, a series of 2-hour documentary films sponsored by 20-20, aired
Terror in the Library” (link) Saturday June 24, about an event March 5, 1994, when Clifford Lynn Draper took hostages and threatened to block himself and the hostages up if many demands related to his military service were not met.

The perpetrator was said to be a paranoid schizophrenic. He was finally shot by an off-duty policeman who used specific intelligence to decide when to act.

The episode is unusually disturbing because he singled out hostages, made one of them call a TV station, and made them draw straws.  One of the hostages almost went into a diabetic coma.

Incidents like this have happened (before 9/11), from non-islam-related causes more often that people realize.  The most notorious was he kidnapping of Patty Hearst in 1974.

This is particularly disturbing to me, as I have outlined here.

The Salt Lake Tribune has a detailed story here.

Picture of Salt Lake library today, Public Domain, Link

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