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Bill Close Hostage Crisis

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Published on Jan 30, 2013

On May 28th 1982, at about 5pm, Joseph Billie Gwin, wanting to prevent World War III, forced his way into KOOL-TV studios in Phoenix, Arizona. After a 4 1/2 hour hostage crisis, KOOL TV finally relented and agreed to go live on the air at about 9:30 pm. Anchor man Bill Close, on the telephone with the police, and with a gun at his belly under the table, read the 20 minute statement live on the air to Phoenix viewers. Gwin monitors with his portable TV to make sure.

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