CRIME: Innocents Abroad

When they got hold of a party of travelers, they often moved in their company several days, using all manner of arts to win their friendship. At last when this was accomplished, the real business began. The travelers were invited to sit . . . unconscious of the death-angels at their backs. —Mark Twain on Thuggee murders in Following the Equator

Theresa Anne Knowlton, 18, an American girl, arrived in Bangkok last October with vague intentions of becoming a Buddhist nun. Shortly after her arrival, she met a fast-living young Frenchman by the...

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