Crime: Defiance & Remorse

Juries on opposite shores of the nation last week closed the books on two of the tabloids' favorite murder cases:

¶ In Fort Pierce, Fla., an all-male jury found former West Palm Beach Judge Joseph A. Peel Jr., 37, guilty of masterminding the murder of Judge Curtis E. Chillingworth who, with his wife, was bludgeoned and drowned in the Atlantic in 1955 (TIME, Nov. 14). Prosecutor Phillip O'Connell, an old friend of the murdered man, charged that the debonair Peel had feared that the protection he was selling to moonshiners and numbers men was about to be exposed by the...

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