National Affairs: Crime-of-the-Week

Into the Sausalito, Calif, home of William Foristal Wood, cousin of the late William Howard Taft, walked his neighbor, Howard Meek. Once a ticket-taker on the Sausalito ferry, Meek had lost his job, become insane. He flourished a pistol, held Wood prisoner all night in his home. Next morning he took Wood to San Francisco, registered with him at an apartment hotel as father and son. When Meek went out during the day he bound his victim with wire, taped his mouth, muffled his head in a hood. He made Wood cook their meals,...

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