TRIALS: The Unpunishable Crime

World War II produced few such chilling mystery tales as the case of OSS Major William V. Holohan—the big, brusque U.S. reserve officer who was killed by his own men in 1944 amid an atmosphere of partisan intrigue behind the German lines in Italy. Few crimes have been so well documented. But last week it became virtually certain that the murder of Major Holohan will forever remain a Completely unpunishable crime.

Holohan had parachuted into the northern Italian mountains with an Italian-speaking U.S. lieutenant, Aldo Icardi, and a U.S. sergeant named Carl G....

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