Cinema: Between Pathos and Horror

Policemen hulk over the mutilated body of an old woman. "There's no semen," reports a doctor, "but she's been mauled and bitten."

The first victim of The Boston Strangler has fallen. Ten equally obscene murders later, the community is hysterical but the cops are still as empty-handed as they are empty-headed. Their few scraps of fact have only served to compound the confusion. What kind of man would violate women with wine bottles and brooms? How could he gain entrance to so many apartments without using burglar tools? How can he murder with such...

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