CRIME: Human Icicle

Courtney Fred Rogers, 26, is a tall, bookish, satyr-faced church organist who lost his family, one by one. His old grandmother, 76, died suddenly. His mother, apparently a suicide, was found one morning with chloroform-soaked cotton over her face. Finally, one night three years ago, his father, in a drunken stupor, was burned to death when the Los Angeles house caught fire.

Courtney Rogers collected $2,300 insurance on the house, $1,000 on his father. But when he put in an insurance claim for $400 worth of jewelry which investigators found hidden away in...

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