Commodities: Justice Steps In

In the annals of international finaglers, first place is still held by Swedish Match King Ivar Kreuger, whose machinations in the 1920s caused hundreds of investors to lose a total of $500 million. The Great Salad Oil Scandal recently set off by pudgy Tino DeAngelis (TIME, Nov. 29 et seq.) stands to cost the banks and companies involved upwards of $100 million — putting DeAngelis second only to Kreuger.

But the new scandal, if second in cost, remains first in mystery.

In the first step toward penetrating the mystery, Attorney General Robert Kennedy's...

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