CRIME: Room with a View

The view from the apartment buildings that rim Chicago's lakefront is a pleasant, peaceful thing: the streams of cars on Lake Shore Drive, the narrow strips of green park, the rock-ribbed beaches, the glistening lake with its splashing bathers, and, in the distance, a crisp sail. From his 15th floor apartment, A. Kirk Besley, 53, superintendent of Chicago's Norwegian American hospital, often passed the time at his picture window studying the scene through his binoculars.

One sunny afternoon last week Besley sat down at his favorite window, focused his glasses on the lake. He watched a launch cut through...

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