CRIME: Rat Trapped

Soon after dark one night last week a jury filed into a court room at Troy, N. Y., and announced that it found John Thomas ("Legs") Diamond not guilty on a kidnapping charge. Nobody was surprised. Arrested 27 times on charges ranging from homicide to "suspicious character," the shifty-eyed, pasty-faced, bony racketeer had been convicted only thrice in his 36 years. Again free, "Legs" kissed his wife, drove across the Hudson to Albany to get drunk.

At 1 a. m. Mrs. Diamond and a few hangers-on lolled over a speakeasy table. "Legs" got...

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