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Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1956 January

Clarence A. Thornton Turns Himself in to Police After Murdering Wife in Roanoke, Va.

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The WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971, comprises anchor scripts and 16mm news film created by Roanoke, Va., television station WSLS. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the preservation and digitization of this collection.

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3 min., 41 sec.
Clarence A. Thornton sits at a desk in the Roanoke, Va., Police Department after shooting his wife and then giving himself up to police. Several Roanoke police officers, including Detective Sergeants Paul Vest and Raymond Belcher, investigate and photograph the scene of the murder. WSLS-TV reporter Joe Moffatt interviews local doctor Houston Bell, a friend whom Thornton telephoned immediately after the murder.
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