Hostage Taker Calls The Day

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This was just a bizarre day at the paper. There was a hostage situation happening half way across the state, but it involved a couple who had been involved in a notable arson case in our area. A reporter had come to grab a video kit to head to the scene. Another reporter popped in to pick up a second kit, and told me that the hostage taker had called one of our reporters. Suddenly, she had become part of the story. I had to figure out on the fly how to capture the audio of the phone call without screwing with her connection. The hostage taker called back three more times from inside the house, leaving me with about an hour of raw video to combine with another hour worth of tape from the scene. Segments of this video ended up playing on several local and national news shows.

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