CRIME: The Bad Seed

Slender, clean-cut Martin Daniels Jr., 16, had a problem, a pal and a plan. Marty's problem was his father. Martin Daniels Sr.. 35, a shiftless unemployed dockworker. Even in seedy, rough-and-tumble South Philadelphia, where the Daniels family lived in a three-room, $50-a-month apartment, Daniels Sr. was known as a hard-drinking no-good with a long record of arrests—burglary, assault and battery, stabbing, and slugging a cop. He was also rough on Marty, eldest of his six sons—a roughness that hardened into perpetual rage last fall, when the boy quit junior high school to...

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