Behavior: Anatomy of a Skyjacker

AS much of the world knows by now, a 20-year-old U.S. Marine lance corporal four weeks ago commandeered at gunpoint a TWA plane that had taken off from Los Angeles International Airport and skyjacked it to Rome, where he was captured and jailed (TIME, Nov. 7). Behind that senseless and dramatic odyssey lay another one that helps to explain Raffaele Minichiello's bizarre action. Raff, as his family calls him, retraced that first, formative journey for U.S. Lawyer Marvin Mitchelson, who flew to Rome to organize Minichiello's defense. As the young Marine talked in...

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