Books: Cesspool

SAVAGE GRACE

When family conflict erupts in murder, bereaved survivors usually say the outburst was unforeseeable, unimaginable. That is particularly true when the killer is, like Plastics Heir Antony Baekeland, an attractive and intelligent young man whose literary promise has been asserted by notables like Novelist James Jones. But when Tony Baekeland murdered his mother, few people in the family's circle were altogether surprised. Some of them suggested that Barbara Baekeland, a social-climbing former model who gave her son smother love but no stability, had been courting her own death. Said Attorney Samuel Shaw: "That's a real question--who killed who. It was a...

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