CRIME: A Fiery, Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Saturday night, March 1, was quiet in Shelton, an industrial town of 29,000 in the Naugatuck Valley region of southwestern Connecticut. At the Sponge Rubber Products factory, which stretched for two blocks along the Housatonic River, only two guards and a boiler operator were on duty. Suddenly three men, armed and wearing ski masks, appeared inside the building. They abducted the three employees and drove them to a nearby woods, where they taped them to a tree. One gunman hinted to his captives that he and his companions were connected with the...

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