CRIME: Bluebeard on the Beach

"We're going to the beach to play guitar," said Susan Place, 17, as she left her home in Oakland Park, Fla., last Sept. 27 with a clean-cut young man she called "Jerry Shephard." Her mother, Mrs. Lucille Place, was suspicious of the stranger so she noted down his license number just before he drove away in his blue-green Datsun. That same evening Susan's 16-year-old friend, Georgia Jessup, also left home. "I'm sorry, Mother and Dad," Georgia said in a note to her parents. "I love you both very much. I have to find...

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