CRIME: Empain's Ordeal

"It's over. Let him go."

The haggard figure leaning against a lamppost outside a branch of Paris' famed Drugstore bore so little resemblance to the familiar newspaper photograph that no one even gave him a second glance. Yet for more than two months, thousands of police had been combing through much of France looking for a single trace of him. Then early last week, with authorities suddenly hot on the trail, Belgian Millionaire Baron Edouard-Jean Empain, 40, was released by his captors in a frenzied panic that contrasted sharply with their coolly professional...

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