Television: Electronic Lure

Every day for four weeks the cops had poked around the homes, stores and vacant lots of Springfield, Mo. (pop. 80,500) looking for the weapon used 10 hack to death a shopkeeper and a liquor-store clerk. Last week an off-duty policeman named James Kitchell pushed a hand under an icehouse half a block from the scene of the murders, and pulled out a bloody butcher knife. Kitchell rushed to his boss. Police Chief Warren Norman, with the killer's weapon and an idea of his own: instead of calling the usual press conference, why not put the knife back and ask the...

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