Crime: The Professor's Guns

The brutal, bizarre attempt to free a man on trial in a Marin County, Calif., courthouse two weeks ago seemed to have no ramifications beyond its bloody toll: the judge, the defendant and two of his would-be liberators dead in the gun battle that thwarted the escape (TIME, August 17). But a routine investigation by the police of the weapons used in the attempt turned up some startling news last week. Three of the guns—a .380-cal. Browning automatic pistol, and two .30-cal. Plainfield carbines—belonged to Angela Davis, 26, the brilliant black former U.C.L.A. assistant philosophy professor fired last year...

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