NORTHERN IRELAND: Down the Road to Hell

Even by Ulster standards, it was a crime of surpassing brutality. Early Monday evening a red minibus was routinely carrying twelve workers home from their jobs at the John Compton Ltd. textile factory in violence-ridden South Armagh (TIME, Jan. 12). Suddenly, just outside the village of Whitecross, the bus was stopped by a group of masked, heavily armed men. The workers and their driver were lined up against the vehicle, and the lone Roman Catholic among them was sent away. The rest, all Protestants, were then gunned down in a withering hail...

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