CRIME: Bomb Plot II

Ever since a bomb exploded in the big Meier & Frank department store (TIME, April 25), Portland, Ore. has been keyed to a high pitch—somewhere between a laugh and a scream—by fake bomb threats. Last week another bomb exploded in Portland, this time with fatal results. The victim: Oliver Kermit Smith, 35, a prominent lawyer who lived in the highly respectable Alameda district with his wife, Marjorie, 34. After an evening of gin rummy at the Columbia-Edgewater Country Club, he called his wife to say he would be home in 10 minutes; he went out to his car, switched...

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