CRIME: Crime

"I'll Kill You if You Scream"

Warren Lee Irwin was a fellow with a screw loose in his head. He stole, lusted continuously after women, and was inclined to kill people who stood in the way of his scheme of things. At 27 he was a hardened jailbird. In the 13 months since getting out on parole (from Michigan sentences as an habitual criminal), he was believed to have murdered one woman, kidnaped another, and to have killed a Michigan gas-station attendant.

He was a harmless-looking sort—he had the severe mouth, high forehead and martyred...

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