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Justice Department Responds to Conspiracy Claim in the T-shirt Bandit Case


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Bandit Helicopter Escape 1

The Justice Department claims this series of photos proves Besser is the T-shirt Bandit.  The first image they say clearly shows Besser right before his escape by helicopter.  Rio de Janeiro police had been closing in on the T-shirt Bandit, but all they could do was watch as the helicopter flew off.

More photographs and a new timeline made public, Attorney General Aschcroft speaks publicly about T-Shirt Bandit case for the first time

LOS ANGELES (CNews) -- The Justice Department claims this series of photos proves Besser is the T-shirt Bandit.  The first image, they say, clearly shows Besser (left) before his escape by helicopter.  Rio de Janeiro police had been closing in on the T-shirt Bandit after a daring beach front attack, which left some 2 dozen people T-shirtless.  Attorney General Aschcroft rhetorically asked reporters if they though it was just "another coincidence that Dr. Besser and the T-shirt Bandit would again find themselves in the same place, at the same time?"

Aschcroft reported that the photographs were taken in June of 2001 and that Besser was known to be in Brazil at this time.  Besser continues to maintain his innocence.  Besser notes that the upside to being in jail is he now has time to watch a lot of television.  He particularly enjoys the latest episodes of "Survivor: Disney versus Public Domain" and "The Weakest Link": featuring members of President George Bush's Cabinet.

Oliver Stone has reportedly turned over all evidence he has gather in the case to Besser's lawyers.s


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A fictional news story created by Rachel Rose for Howard Besser's Development of Cultural Information Sources Using Digital Multimedia Winter 2002 UCLA Department of Information Studies

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