A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 12, 1966

IT is not often that a man involved in a criminal situation appears on the cover of TIME. When we do have such a cover story, its chief concern is not so much that man and his specific deeds as it is the broader, often sociological implications of what he did. Thus when Caryl Chessman, the convicted kidnaper and sex offender, appeared on the cover (March 21, 1960), he was the center of a worldwide dispute over the moral and legal ramifications of capital punishment. Lee Harvey Oswald, this era's most infamous psychotic killer, appeared (Oct. 2, 1964) as the world...

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