CALIFORNIA: The Lost Child

It was a bright, peaceful California afternoon in San Marino, and the children raced each other across the lot—little Kathy Fiscus, 3, her sister Barbara, 9, and her cousin Gus Lyon, 5. Kathy fell behind. When the children looked back for her, she had vanished. Gus heard faint screams. Following the sound, he came to an open hole in a clump of weeds. The hole was only 14 inches across, and the pipe that lined it was rusted and corroded. Kathy had fallen into an abandoned and forgotten water well.

The frightened children...

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