The Press: The Helpful Press

Chicago, which has swallowed as much violence without blinking as any other big city, draws the line at child murder. Ever since Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks for the fun of it back in 1924, Chicago newspapers greet any child murder with a special kind of front-page fury. It sells papers, and, in the view of editors, may also help to keep crime investigators on their toes. Last week Chicago's newspapers had another chance to show the process at work.

The body of a five-year-old girl was found strangled in a weed patch near suburban Wheeling. The story...

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