When Philip Fecteau picked up the phone last week, he was sure it was another hoax. Someone on the other end who said he was Henry Kissinger told him that his son Richard would be released from a Chinese prison the next day. Philip hung up without giving the call much thought. Still, the man had a German accent. Was it possible? It was indeed. The following day the Chinese freed Richard Fecteau after 19 years in prison; they also released a girl from Palo Alto, Calif., named Mary Ann Harbert, who was thought to have...

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