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Cyanide Threats Against Louisiana Water Supplies (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana, Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-02-04

Duration: 00:10:30

Subjects: WATER SUPPLY | Water quality | Environment | Cyanides | Louisiana. Office of State Police | Psychology | Threats


  • George, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Pope, Debbie Interviewee
  • Ridgel, Louis Interviewee
  • Garrison, Bo Interviewee
  • Strecker, Daniel Interviewee
  • Koening, Fredrick Interviewee


This segment from the February 4, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the recent series of anonymous phone calls claiming cyanide had been added to the water supply of about 60 communities throughout Louisiana. This report focuses on the city of Hammond’s response to the threat, the State Police investigation, and the psychological profile of the anonymous callers. Host: Beth George