Crime: You Wouldn't Understand

On Veterans Day last week, the sun had risen to brighten woodsy Westport, in Connecticut's suburban Fairfield County. It was a holiday for schoolchildren and some of their parents. At 9 o'clock in the morning, Westport looked just like the sort of place people think of when they want to epitomize a sophisticated, upper-middle-income suburban community. Manhattan is only 52 miles away, but Westport. with its carefully tended property and its comfortable homes, seems impervious to the cacophony of city life.

By 9, Textile Designer Pierre Sillan had left his $75,000 Westport home for his Manhattan office. His two sons...

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