CHICAGO: Cops Under Fire

It was strange and spooky and a reminder of Chicago's lurid past. Over a five-month period the bodies of six murder victims were found bobbing in the waters of the Chicago River and the Sanitary and Ship Canal. All were black. They had been efficiently executed in gangster fashion—shot to death and dumped into the murky waterways.

What gives the killings a doubly ominous significance is the fact that some Chicago policemen are under federal investigation for their possible connection with the crimes. Some of the victims were believed to be heroin...