• 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

    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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