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January 8, 1989 | ROBIN WRIGHT, Times Staff Writer
Elaine Collett, the American wife of a Briton held hostage in Lebanon, had just gone through a kidney transplant when U.S. warplanes bombed Libya more than two years ago. Within days, kidnapers in Beirut claiming to hold her husband, Alec, announced that he had been hanged. To emphasize their wrath, they released a fuzzy videotape of a body dangling from a noose. In the aftermath of the U.S.
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January 8, 1989 | ROBIN WRIGHT, Times Staff Writer
Elaine Collett, the American wife of a Briton held hostage in Lebanon, had just gone through a kidney transplant when U.S. warplanes bombed Libya more than two years ago. Within days, kidnapers in Beirut claiming to hold her husband, Alec, announced that he had been hanged. To emphasize their wrath, they released a fuzzy videotape of a body dangling from a noose. In the aftermath of the U.S.
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June 18, 1985 | GREG BRAXTON, Times Staff Writer
Relatives of a British U.N. official who was kidnaped by terrorists outside Beirut in March are hoping that the attention surrounding the captivity of several dozen Americans on the TWA airliner hijacked to Beirut will focus more diplomatic attention on their attempts to bring him home. The new hostage crisis comes a month after the wife of Alec Collett received a mysterious videotape showing him after he was captured by gunmen while on a three-month assignment in Lebanon for the U.N.
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January 20, 1986 | RAY PEREZ, Times Staff Writer
Eric Jacobsen, son of the Huntington Beach hospital administrator still being held captive in Beirut, left Sunday for Washington to renew efforts to have his father and other American hostages released unharmed by their Moslem kidnapers. Jacobsen was to join nine other family members of hostages held in Lebanon. A meeting with President Reagan was not scheduled, but he said a request had been made for the President to grant the families an audience on Tuesday.
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May 29, 1987 | LA MONT JONES JR., Times Staff Writer
Elaine Collett remembers that her mind and body seemed to freeze when she heard that her husband, Alec, had been taken hostage in Lebanon on March 25, 1985. "I was stunned," she said. "I was physically numb. I was paralyzed. I couldn't function. My brain just locked down." But now that more than two years have passed, Collett said the "test of faith" has strengthened her. Collett isn't alone.
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