CRIME: Death in a Cornfield

In Trenton, N. J., stands the New Jersey State Prison, isolated from the city by a 22-ft. wall. On top of the wall last week an electric wire needed repairing. An electrician leaned his ladder against the wall, went up to fix the wire. After him clambered four convicts, thrust him from the ladder, shot a guard atop the wall, dropped to the street outside. Before other guards knew what was happening they had disappeared around a corner, commandeered two automobiles and roared away.

Convict Frank Seibert, who had just begun a 15-year...

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