A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 30, 1975

"One policeman covered the front of the apartment building while the other ran to the back, with me close behind. Gun drawn, he scaled a fence to the rear yard. I jumped the fence right after him."

So reported our San Francisco bureau chief Joseph Boyce in one of his files for this week's cover story on crime in the U.S. The episode—a false alarm on a burglary-in-progress—took place while Boyce was on assignment in Chicago, riding prowl cars in the city's Woodlawn section, a neighborhood whose crime-stalked alleyways Boyce had known intimately in...

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