Crime: The Rainy Day Murders

Karen Sue Beineman, 18, a freshman at Eastern Michigan University, was a cautious and sensible girl. On July 23, in Ypsilanti, Mich., she told clerks in a wig shop that she had done only two foolish things in her life. One was to buy herself a wig. The other: to accept a ride from a stranger, who was wait ing outside for her on his motorcycle.

Three days later, Karen Beineman's nude body was discovered in a roadside ditch west of Ann Arbor. She had been stran gled and so brutally battered that...

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