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    REPORTERS YESTERDAY TRACKED DOWN LUIGI ANTONIO MINICHIELLO, FATHER OF U.S. MARINE RAPHAEL MINICHIELLO, WHO WAS?

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    REPORTERS YESTERDAY TRACKED DOWN LUIGI ANTONIO MINICHIELLO, FATHER OF U.S. MARINE RAPHAEL MINICHIELLO, WHO WAS TODAY FORMALLY CHARGED BY POLICE IN ROME WITH CRIMES RANGING FROM KIDNAPPING TO CARRYING WAR WEAPONS. THESE CHARGES ARISE FROM HIS SPECTACULAR HIGHJACKING OF A BOEING 707 JETLINER LAST FRIDAY (31 OCTOBER) BETWEEN LOS ANGELES AND SAN FRANCISCO -- AN ADVENTURE WHICH ENDED WITH HIS CAPTURE YESTERDAY IN AN ITALIAN VINEYARD AFTER A 7000 MILE (11000 KM) FLIGHT.

    INTERVIEWED ON HIS FARM AT GROTTAMINARDA, EAST OF NAPLES, LUIGI MINICHIELLO SPOKE HIGHLY OF HIS SON AND BLAMED THE SHOCK OF FIGHTING IN THE VIETNAMESE WAR FOR HIS ACTION.

    80-YEAR-OLD SIGNOR MINICHIELLO RETURNED FROM THE U.S. TO ITALY TWO YEARS AGO BECAUSE OF ILL-HEALTH. HIS WIFE -- OVER 20 YEARS HIS JUNIOR -- LIVES WITH THEIR DAUGHTER ANNA, 18, IN THE UNITED STATES. RAPHAEL ENROLLED IN THE U.S. MARINES AT THE AGE OF 17 1/2 AND SPENT A YEAR IN VIETNAM, WHERE -- ACCORDING TO HIS FATHER -- HE WAS DECORATED AND HIGHLY PRAISED BY HIS SUPERIORS. "I THINK THAT THE WAR MUST HAVE PROVOKED A STATE OF SHOCK IN HIS MIND," HE CLAIMED. "BEFORE THAT HE HAD ALWAYS BEEN A SANE LAD."
    MR MINICHIELLO WAS IN TEARS WHEN HE ASSURED REPORTERS THAT HIS SON HAD BEEN A GOOD, HELPFUL BOY UNTIL THEY LEFT FOR THE U.S. HE ADDED THAT RAPHAEL KNEW ABOUT HIS BAD HEALTH, AND MIGHT HAVE ACTED FROM FILIAL AFFECTION. "I AM HAPPY," HE WENT ON TO SAY, "THAT HE DID NOT MAKE USE OF HIS WEAPONS, AND THAT HE LET HIMSELF BE CAPTURED. IN HIS NAME, I ASK PARDON FROM EVERYBODY, AND I HOPE HIS PUNISHMENT WILL BE AS LIGHT AS POSSIBLE."
    LATEST REPORTS SAY MR MINICHIELLO WAS SEEN LATE LAST NIGHT CLIMBING INTO A SALOON CAR NEAR NAPLES WITH THE MAYOR OF THE NEIGHBOURING TOWN OF MONTEFREDANE, AND THAT HE WAS HEARD TO ASK FOR HELP IN FINDING A LAWYER FOR HIS SON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA40837Q9ETFW5WU6QCNPFF7M6H
    Media URN:
    VLVA40837Q9ETFW5WU6QCNPFF7M6H
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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