Roach Races and Russian Roulette *

The freed Americans tell of brutal beatings and death threats

Victims of the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 were not likely to be preoccupied last week by Washington's struggle with the event's public and political implications. Instead, they began coming to terms with memories that are bound to linger for a long time. Even though the event received sustained television exposure, countless episodes, trivial and grave, took place that went unreported during the ordeal. The hijackers tormented certain passengers capriciously and randomly. They proved to be avaricious as well as demonic, looting thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry, cash and personal possessions and, in fact, even stealing pens worth only a...

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