CRIME: The Environmentalist

In the bucolic hills near Santa Cruz, Calif., a year ago this fall, five bodies were found in the swimming pool of a wealthy eye specialist, Dr. Victor Ohta. Murdered in what seemed a sinister replay of the Manson killings were Ohta, his wife, two of their four children and his secretary. A few days later, the police arrested a long-haired former auto mechanic named John L. Frazier, who had been living in a cabin near the Ohta house.

Early last week a jury in the Bay Area's Redwood City found Frazier guilty of...

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