Press: Thrice-Told Tale

Nobody knows who first dubbed the Wilkes-Barre, Pa. murder the "American Tragedy." Philadelphia Record editors said it was their reporter Andrew MacLain ("Mac") Parker. City Editor Charles Israel of the Philadelphia Bulletin said it was himself. The city editor of the Scranton Times credited a United Press man. Possibly all three, and many another newshawk, swooped at once on the catch-phrase the moment they heard, two months ago. that Robert Allan Edwards, 21, was accused of bashing his pregnant girl over the head in a lake so...

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