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Kent State Tape Due for High-Tech Analysis

40 Years Later, Investigators Hope to Learn If There Was an Order to Open Fire on Campus Protesters

Mary Ann Vecchio kneelis over the body of Kent State University student Jeffrey Glenn, shot at Kent State on May 4, 1970  (Getty Images/Howard Ruffner)

(AP) April 29, 2010  An analysis will be done on a tape that could answer a lingering question in the 1970 Kent State University campus shootings that killed four students.

Nine other students were wounded by Ohio National Guardsmen during an anti-war protest.

Three years ago shooting victim Alan Canfora reviewed a copy of an audio recording and said it shows Guardsmen were ordered to shoot. The tape has dense background noise and it’s not clear who’s speaking.

Now, a high-tech analysis is planned on the original May 4, 1970, recording made by Terry Strubbe. The Kent State student set the microphone of his reel-to-reel tape recorder on his dorm room windowsill.

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The tape will be converted to digital format to try to determine if there was an order to shoot.


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