The Nation: Death of a Wireman

Among the practitioners of his craft, Frank Chin, 48, was a pro. He had been one of the most sought-after "wiremen," or electronic eavesdroppers, in the East, supplying bugging and recording devices to clients on both sides of the law. But on Jan. 20 Chin's tape ran out. He was found crumpled in a hallway near his West Side Manhattan workshop with six bullet holes in his head.

The murder has stirred hoods and lawmen. Who killed Frank Chin? Any number of people might have wanted to see him dead. Chin's most popular device, selling for $300 and up, was a Sony...

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