CRIME: Extremely Strange Case

Francis Riley told his schoolmates and somebody told Judge Kathryn Sellers. Judge Sellers sent twp U. S. marshals to investigate. The marshals went to the Riley home on Rhode Island Avenue, descended to the basement. They opened the door of a windowless closet and there found something that whimpered and blinked and ate food scraps from a pan. It was the Riley's 12-year-old child. Edith, scarred and filthy. Her case, broached to horrified Washington. D. C. two months ago, was settled insofar as the law could settle it last week.

Before the District...

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