The Press: Hot on the Line

Mindful of Dallas and Lee Harvey Oswald, Cleveland and Dr. Sam Sheppard, Miami and Candy Mossier—and of recent Supreme Court decisions on the handling of suspects—Chicago newspapers have treated the mass slaying of eight student nurses with reasonable restraint. Headlines and stories have been as cool as the event permits. Still, in collecting the lurid details, one paper has had a clear advantage. Chicago's American was able to unleash Harry ("Romy") Romanoff, 74, the last of the city's great Front Page, get-the-story-at-all-costs reporters.

Stories about his exploits are legend, and they grow in the...

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