Religion: Battle for Hildy

After 20 months of hiding, the slight, balding clothing salesman made a mistake. He dickered with a Miami Beach car dealer and got a good trade-in on his battered '54 Oldsmobile. The auto dealer made a routine title check with Brookline, Mass., where the car had been bought. When the clothing salesman picked up his new Chevrolet, a Massachusetts state police lieutenant and a Miami cop arrested him. The charge: kidnaping.

Behind the charge against Melvin Bentley Ellis, 45, and his wife Frances, 37, looms a bitterly felt religious conflict: the Ellises are...

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