A Letter From The Publisher: Mar. 23, 1981

The curse of violent crime has touched many American families, including our own. A surprising number of the TIME staff members who worked on this week's cover stories have themselves recently been victims of crimes. Senior Writer Ed Magnuson, who wrote the main story, was mugged at knifepoint as he put the key in the lock of his front door earlier this year. He lost $32 and his credit cards. A few months before that, Magnuson's apartment was burglarized. "The only evidence they left behind was a pair of shoes," he says. "They weren't...

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