CRIME: Life or Death

U.S. District Judge Albert L. Reeves peered down from the bench in his walnut-paneled courtroom in Kansas City, Mo. The man before him was fidgety. The woman was motionless, impassive, and staring straight ahead. Judge Reeves asked if the couple was ready to answer to charges that they had kidnaped six-year-old Bobby Greenlease (TIME, Oct. 19). Carl Austin Hall and Bonnie Brown Heady pleaded guilty.

Judge Reeves scheduled a trial for next week. "There's only one issue in the case," he said—that of imprisonment or death in the gas chamber. Bonnie Heady had already sent away for a catalogue of...

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