The Press: Hoaxer of the Hamptons

The front page of the East Hampton Summer Sun and five sister weeklies published for the well-heeled vacationers who flock to the east end of Long Island was given over in its entirety recently to a letter from the police chief of nearby Bridgehampton. The lawman asked that residents contribute raw meat to local authorities to help feed a killer shark roaming the area's beaches so that its consumption of swimmers could be cut back from one or two a day.

The papers forthwith received telephone calls from the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and other publications. If...

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