CRIME: Nutty

Last November 41 defendants went on trial in Chicago for using the mails to defraud 70,000 Midwesterners out of $1,350,000 (TIME, Dec. 2). The dupes were supposed to divide a fabulous estate left by Sir Francis Drake, 16th Century English sea rover. Wholesale exonerations had so reduced the ranks of the accused that last week only eight of those originally indicted remained in court to hear sentences passed against them. Federal Judge Philip L. Sullivan began by imposing five years imprisonment on Canfield Hartzell. Hartzell's brother Oscar had started out as a "Drake Estate" sucker, gone to England in...

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