• Short Summary

    Two young gunmen held sight employees hostage in a Brooklyn, New York, bank on Tuesday (22 August) after robbing the establishment of about $ U.

  • Description

    1.
    GV PAN Bank entrance PAN TO SV detective takes cover under car
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    2.
    CU Armed detective lying in shooting position
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    3.
    LV Helicopter in flight overhead
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    4.
    SV Policeman hiding under car
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    5.
    SV Gunman's 'lover' arrives
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    6.
    SV Armed detectives
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    7.
    SV Friend and policemen
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    8.
    SV Police
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    9.
    SV Gunman appears at doorway
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    10.
    SV Police take cover
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    11.
    SV Gunman tells police to go away
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    12.
    SV Policeman under car
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    13.
    LV Man tells police to get back
    0.56

    14.
    GV Detectives behind car
    1.01

    15.
    SV Two unarmed police talking to man
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    REPORTER: "It started at three o'clock this afternoon when the bank was seized. Hour after hour went by...the bank robbers remained inside. Hundreds of police crawled outside. Stalemate. Then the extraordinary turned to the bizarre. One of the hold-up men, John Wojtowicz, demanded that his homosexual lover be brought to him. The lover arrived from a psychiatric ward where he'd been under treatment, but refused to go inside. He said he didn't trust Wojtowicz. Wojtowicz, he said, might hurt him. Then Wojtowicz himself appeared in public himself, while his partner kept a gun on the hostages inside the bank. He would come out, shout for police with guns to move further away, then retreat back inside again. It happened four or five times. The police seemed helpless to do anything about it. Finally two unarmed police from the Brooklyn area tried to negotiate with the holdup men. Once again Wojtowicz came out. The talks proved mostly fruitless."




    Initials BB/0300 CG/GS/BB/0307


    TELERECORDING original on 10226/72 57ft

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Two young gunmen held sight employees hostage in a Brooklyn, New York, bank on Tuesday (22 August) after robbing the establishment of about $ U.S. 29,000 (GBP12,000 sterling).

    Then an F.B.I. agent shot one of the robbers, Salvatore Maturelle, through the chest and killed him as the pair were being driven to Kennedy airport to board the jet they had ordered for their getaway.

    After the shooting, the other gunman--John Wojtowicz, a 27-year-old Vietnam war veteran and self-confessed homosexual--immediately gave himself up.

    At one stage during the 14-hour siege at the bank, Wojtowicz demanded that his male 'wife', Ernest Aaron, be freed from the psychiatric ward of a Brooklyn hospital to come and see him. But Aaron was reluctant to enter the bank for fear of being shot.

    A reporter on the spot tells this story (an alternative commentary is provided):

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4TQ095N9KQ8BF0EK6P8SRM7TM
    Media URN:
    VLVA4TQ095N9KQ8BF0EK6P8SRM7TM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/08/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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