Terror Trek

Probing a rape spree

He was the ringleader of a cross-country crime wave. Police believe the suspect, sometimes with accomplices, was responsible for as many as 130 cases of rape and robbery in twelve states. He usually wore a ski mask. Sometimes he and his confederates tied up the victim's boyfriend or husband and left him within earshot while they committed the assault. As the toll mounted, no fewer than 26 law enforcement agencies from Florida to California joined in the investigation.

The breakthrough came last month when an off-duty Louisiana state trooper spotted a red Pontiac Trans Am in the town of...

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