National Affairs: War Between the States

Last week, in a Plymouth, Mass, jail, Louis Bob Conley, 32, was serving the 35th month of what may be a self-imposed life sentence. All he had to do to gain release was to bring his daughter Lynette, 8, back from Texas to her mother in Brockton, Mass. But Conley is a proud and stubborn Texan. Said he: "I'll spend the rest of my life in prison before I bring her back."

Ten years ago Conley, then a Signal Corps sergeant, met and married pretty Lucille LaCroix. After the war the Conleys settled down in...