CRIME: Six for One

It is an uneventful day when only six people are killed in automobile accidents; but when six convicts are sentenced to death in Illinois for the murder of one man it is a historic moment.

One morning last May in Joliet, Ill., seven convicts in the Stateville penitentiary (four of them were already murderers, one of them was only 19, three of them were Mexicans) talked feverishly together. Why not be free? Part of it was easy—they had a crowbar and several pairs of scissors. Deputy Warden Peter N. Klein resisted them. Convict...

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