Time Essay: Some Cases Never Die, or Even Fade

Is any case ever closed? The question is irresistibly provoked by three moldering cases that blurted into the headlines in the past few weeks. Consider:

> Just 49 years after high-living Judge Joseph Force Crater was last seen stepping into a cab in Manhattan, somebody phoned New York City police that the missing man, declared legally dead in 1939, could be found having a drink at Pat's Emerald Pub in Queens. The breathless tip proved phony, of course, as do all 300 or so reports on Crater's whereabouts that the police receive each year....

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