Books: A Prisoner's Progress

BURN, KILLER, BURN! (391 pp.) — Paul Crump — Johnson ($4.95).

Convict Paul Crump has been much publicized. The crime he was convicted for— a 1953 holdup slaying—was apparently the act of an angry young Negro who went wrong in an environment where nobody ever found it easy to go right. Last summer, when he was only hours away from the electric chair, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner finally yielded to mounting national pressure and commuted Crump's sentence to life imprisonment (TIME, Aug. 10). Why? Because Crump, in the course of his imprisonment, had become an entirely different personality. And one...