1968: Author Hands Gun to Police

Middletown, Conn. (UPI)–Author William Manchester walked into police headquarters and laid a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol on the desk. He glanced up at the officer on duty.

“I lost two friends by assassination in the past five years,” he said.

Manchester, author of “Death of a President,” is a close friend of the Kennedy family.

The pistol, a war memento which Manchester lost after he was wounded in Okinawa, was returned to him in 1945 by a Marine captain on his way home from the war.

“I feel strongly about this,” he told detective Warren Leary. “I want to do anything I can to encourage people to turn in their guns.”

The Delta Democrat-Times (Greenville, Miss.), Friday, June 28, 1968.
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