June 17, 1988 |
It might be instructive to compare the protracted misfortune of Ireland's Joe Doherty in this country with the more celebrated plight of America's Terry Anderson in Lebanon. For three years, three months and three days, former Associated Press correspondent Anderson has been imprisoned in a grim high-rise building in southern Beirut - the longest-held hostage of the Hezbollah Shiite Moslems. Tomorrow, former Irish Republican Army member Doherty begins his sixth year of imprisonment in a grim high-rise building in lower Manhattan - the longest- held hostage of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
June 22, 1999 |
Imagine having a career in which you follow no set rules or regulations. You do what you think is right, and if you're successful, the praise never ends. But if you make a mistake, an innocent person dies. Welcome to the world of hostage negotiations. "The idea behind negotiations is to save a life," said Sylvester Johnson, a Philadelphia deputy police commissioner and a former hostage negotiator. "You're going to do everything you possibly can to come to a peaceful solution.
January 20, 1987 |
Prominent politicians yesterday cautioned officials against swapping a Lebanese suspect in the 1985 TWA hijacking for a West German businessman abducted in Beirut. They said a trade would inspire more terrorist attacks. But an experienced West German hostage negotiator advised the government not to extradite the suspect to the United States while the businessman is held hostage. Government spokesmen in Bonn played down reports that the kidnapping in Beirut of businessman Rudolf Cordes was aimed at forcing the release of Mohammed Ali Hamadei, accused of being one of the terrorists who seized the jetliner in June 1985.
May 7, 1993 |
High drama came to a quiet suburban neighborhood yesterday when a man beat and kidnapped his estranged girlfriend and held her hostage at knifepoint for five hours. John Connally, 25, surrendered to Delaware County police after hostage negotiators managed to calm him after he slashed his left wrist in an attempt to kill kimself, police said. "He told negotiators that he wanted to have his girlfriend watch him die," said Clifton Heights Police Chief Ron Berry. Connally was taken to Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital in Darby, and treated for his wrist wound.
August 5, 1989
Just as we have shared the anguish of the family of Joseph Cicippio during his ordeal as a hostage in Lebanon, we join them in their sense of relief at his life being spared. The suspense, the smashed hopes, the bitter disappointments, the frustrated fury, the tangled roller-coaster of emotions that must be ripping them up inside - how can anyone else truly comprehend what members of this Norristown family must be experiencing? The videotape of Cicippio's plea - obviously staged by his captors in Lebanon - must have been almost too much to bear.
October 28, 1988 |
Two murder convicts took a vocational counselor and a teacher's assistant hostage for several hours yesterday at Northern State Prison in what authorities said was a bid by the inmates to be transferred to another prison. Both hostages were released unharmed, and inmates Angel Guzman, 26, of Woodbine, and Edward Robinson, 27, of Camden, surrendered peacefully after freeing their captives, said Capt. Robert Baker of the state Department of Corrections. Annette Martin, 46, a teaching assistant, and Joan Mason, 51, a vocational counselor, both of Newark, were taken hostage at 9:07 a.m. as they conducted a teaching demonstration in the library of the year-old prison.
June 12, 1986
Impartial facts and undisputed circumstances are rare commodities in the brutal, murky battlegrounds of guerrilla war. And so, at best, there have been only versions of how eight young West German volunteer construction workers came to be captured and held hostage for 25 days by U.S.-backed rebels in southern Nicaragua. The State Department asserted they wore military garb. The Germans asserted their "humanitarian" mission. Whatever version you accept, it is good news indeed that they have been released, apparently not much worse for their ordeal.
December 16, 1991 |
For former hostage Thomas Sutherland, there was no better place to be yesterday than Denver's Mile High Stadium, to watch the Denver Broncos play Phoenix. A professor at Colorado State University, Sutherland was freed Nov. 18 after being held in Lebanon for 6 1/2 years by terrorists. Wearing a new orange and blue Broncos warmup jacket, he and his family were guests of the team. He spoke privately to team owner Pat Bowlen and quarterback John Elway before addressing the near-capacity crowd of 74,098 during pregame ceremonies.
May 16, 1989 |
An armed bandit robbed a bank on Philadelphia's Head House Square of more than $7,000 and then took a customer hostage at gunpoint as he made his escape onto the busy streets outside yesterday afternoon, police said. The hostage, with a gun at her back and what a witnesses said was a look of terror on her face, was forced to accompany the man along Second Street for about a block before she was freed unharmed. The man later ducked into a side street, shed the clothing he had been wearing during the holdup and then disappeared, leaving behind the clothes - and more than $3,000 of the stolen money, police said.
October 6, 1993 |
Bail of $1 million was set yesterday for a Chalfont man charged with sexually assaulting a 42-year-old woman and holding her hostage for 16 hours Monday in her home in Warminster Township. Paul Mutch, 27, is charged with two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, two counts of criminal trespass, burglary, and 14 misdemeanor counts for allegedly breaking into the home on Woods Lane and holding the woman, her four young children and her teenage nephew at knife-point.