CRIME: Three Sharpies

At first glance, the job suggested the professional touch of a career criminal. A man delivered a package of dry cleaning to the ten-room apartment on Manhattan's Park Avenue. Two hours later he telephoned to apologize—wrong address. Next morning two men showed up to reclaim the package; one of them drew a pistol and quietly invited the butler to instruct the doorman downstairs to admit their ringleader. Then they waited politely for their victim—Fashion Designer Mollie Parnis, 46—to finish a telephone call before they went into her bedroom. "You don't want to...

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