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Former Iran Hostage Killed in Crash

April 8, 2002

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BOSTON (AP) _ A former U.S. Embassy worker in Iran who survived 444 days of captivity after he was taken hostage in 1979, died in a two-car accident allegedly caused by a drunken driver.

Malcolm Kalp, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday after his pickup truck apparently was rear-ended by another driver, state police Trooper David Paine said. Kalp apparently lost control and the truck rolled over, Paine said.

Richard Clinch, 22, pleaded innocent Monday to charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

Kalp’s widow, Marie, lashed out at Clinch during his arraignment.

``Murderer! You murdered my husband!″ she shouted.

Kalp was the embassy’s commercial officer when he and 65 others were taken hostage Nov. 4, 1979.

Kalp said he tried to escape three times, and was beaten and held in solitary confinement for more than a year as a result. His captors accused him of being a CIA spy. He was one of 52 hostages to remain in captivity for 444 days.

Kalp, a Boston native, remained bitter and unforgiving almost two decades after his release.

In March of 2000, shortly after former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced the United States was extending an olive branch to Iran by opening some trade, Kalp rejected the overture.

``I wouldn’t have anything to do with them,″ he told The Associated Press.

Kalp thought Iran should first demonstrate ``major corrections in their international behavior,″ including ceasing to send arms ``through Syria to attack Israel.″

A year later, in a story about how Iran had turned the former embassy into a museum, Kalp’s feelings had not softened. He said the museum was propaganda.

``I wouldn’t expect any balance. What else is new? They’re still talking about American imperialism. They’ll never change,″ he told the Los Angeles Times.

In addition to his wife, Kalp is survived by his son, Andrew, of Brockton, Mass., and a daughter, Lisa, of Wisconsin.

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