CRIME: Roots Up

Such rank weeds as the late Clyde Barrow and his cigar-smoking mistress Bonnie Parker (TIME, June 4) sprang from roots deeply embedded in the darkest social soil. Loudly has the Department of Justice proclaimed its purpose not only to cut down the weeds but also to dig up their roots. Therefore last week a Federal jury in Dallas, Tex. convicted 15 grubby persons who had nourished and protected Bandits Barrow & Parker. Five others had already pleaded guilty. Given sentences ranging from one hour to two years were Bonnie Parker's mother and sister;...

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