THE LAW: Tapping and Bugging

Two months ago Manhattan police raided an East Side apartment and found the elaborate nerve center of a private wiretap syndicate. The tappers, hooked into the telephone company's underground cables, could eavesdrop on any conversation over six Manhattan exchanges. Among the telephones known to have been monitored were those of the E. R. Squibb & Sons pharmaceutic firm, the Knoedler art gallery and ex-Ecdysiast Ann Corio.

Following the raid, police arrested an electrician and two telephone-company technicians. They were not the top men of the tap business, but from them the trail led to a well-known private eye. Last week...

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