CRIME: A Visit from the Doctor

When an odd-looking man in a stocking cap and dark glasses stopped at Allen Stamm's home near Santa Fe, N. Mex., nine-year-old Linda Stamm went to the door to see what he wanted. He wanted to take her to her mother, who was at a bridge party. He also had a letter for Linda's parents. Linda obediently gave the letter to the maid and went off with the visitor.

Linda's mother returned, heard the maid's story and anxiously opened the letter. Clumsily lettered, it read: "Your child has-been kidnaped . . . The amount is $20,000. cash or negotiable bonds....

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