World: A Most Unusual Trial

As the trial began last week in the town of Chester, 16 miles south of Liverpool, two unusual scenes in the courtroom signaled its high importance. For one, Britain's Attorney General, the country's highest law officer, who normally prosecutes only major espionage cases, was on hand to try a criminal case. For another, a newly erected shield of bullet-resistant glass surrounded the prisoners' dock. Behind the glass sat the defendants: Ian Brady, 28, a skinny stock clerk, and his blonde mistress, Myra Hindley, 23, a shorthand typist. Both pleaded not guilty to the...