Americana: A Case of Mommie Dearest?

Sniffing out a suspect for the book-bomb crime

On a sunny afternoon last May, just two days before Mother's Day, a parcel arrived at the two-story brick home of Howard and Joan Kipp, in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. The package was addressed to Joan, 54, a supervisor of guidance counselors in New York City's public schools. Standing in her kitchen, Mrs. Kipp tore off the brown wrapping paper and found the Quick and Delicious Gourmet Cookbook. She opened the cover. Suddenly there was a flash, and two .22-cal. bullets tore into her...

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