CRIME: They All Trusted Their Killer

A grim combination of suspicion, fear and horror hangs over the trim, tree-shaded suburban townships of Oakland County, Mich., northwest of Detroit. For the seventh time in 14 months, a child has been abducted, then killed.

Police are almost certain that four of the murders were committed by the same man. The chilling conclusion of Birmingham Police Chief Jerry Tobin: "We think he is a white-collar-class person or a professional man—somebody who is trusted, like a doctor, a policeman, a member of the clergy." Asked if that means neighbor should watch neighbor, his...

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