Crime: The Neighbors in Fox Run

Putting people to sleep was Dr. Carl Coppolino's specialty, and it paid well. In 1962, the 30-year-old anesthesiologist, with his wife Carmela, also a physician, built a $34,000 home at 35 Wallace Road in Fox Run, an upper-middle-class development in east-central New Jersey. As the Coppolinos' house was going up, another was rising diagonally across the street. The builders of 50 Wallace Road were Colonel William Farber, then 50, a bemedaled World War II veteran who had retired after 21 years in the artillery, and his wife Marjorie, 47.

Marge Farber, once...

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