The Press: If the Trib Says So

Long before 17-year-old William Heirens confessed, he was convicted of three brutal murders by Chicago's dailies (TIME, July 29). Last week, when he made it official, they lavished page after page on his confession and his "reenactment" of his crimes. Lest anybody forget who had scooped whom, the Tribune (which gave the confession story 38 columns) pinned a medal on its chest.

For the first time in newspaper history, said the Trib, a murderer had been named by a newspaper and his crimes detailed before he had admitted them or been indicted for...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!