FAMILIES: Intruder in the Night

"Such a nice family," decided Staten Island neighbors soon after Dr. and Mrs. Melvin Nimer summer-rented the red brick and grey shingle house at 242 Vanderbilt Avenue. Not that neighbors saw Dr. Nimer much; he was busy as a new resident in surgery at the massive (800-bed) U.S. Public Health Service Hospital three blocks away, overlooking lower New York Harbor. But vivacious Loujean Nimer, like her husband 31 years old, was friendly. So were crew-cut Melvin Jr., 8, toddling Gregory, 2, and even five-month-old Jennifer, born shortly before the Nimers came east...

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