CRIME: Dead or Alive?

Behind the drawn blinds and chain-locked doors of his mansion in suburban Mission Hills, Kans., an old man last week waited in anguish. He was wealthy and respected, but Robert C. Greenlease. 71. felt the poverty of the helpless. His young son had been kidnaped.

A pioneer in the automotive industry, with a prosperous General Motors distributorship based in Kansas City, Mo., Robert Greenlease was 65 when his 39-year-old wife bore him a son. The boy, Bobby, grew into an alert six-year-old who always knew what he wanted and usually got it. His kiddie car was a battery-powered jeep, scaled to...

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