570: The Night In Question

570: The Night In Question

Oct 16, 2015
Twenty years ago, the prime minister of Israel was assassinated. The killer was a lone gunman, Israeli and Jewish, just like the prime minister. Lots of witnesses saw it happen; the assassin confessed immediately, that night, and has never recanted. But today, oddly, lots of people don’t believe it happened that way. And a question hangs over the country: did this act change the fate of the nation?
We turn to the accomplice, the interrogator, the pathologist, a gunshot analyst in Carefree, Arizona, and many others.

Reporter Dan Ephron's book, Killing a King, is now available in paperback. Watch a recording of Ira Glass, Nancy Updike, and Dan Ephron discussing the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin at the New York Public Library.
  • Ira talks to producer Nancy Updike and reporter Dan Ephron, about their interview with the accomplice, Hagai Amir, who showed them the house where he and his brother plotted the murder and the shed where he machined special bullets. Israelis on the street tell Updike and Ephron they don’t believe the Hagai and Yigal Amir did it.HistoryIsrael

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The assassin re-enacts, for police, the moment of shooting the Israeli prime minister. Courtesy of Nati Harnik, the Israel Government Press Office.

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