In an average week, some 400 Americans are murdered. Most are fatalities in family quarrels and neighborhood arguments, drug wars and gang rivalries. But one-third are slain by strangers, often without reason. On the following pages, a gallery of a few of last week's victims:
MARGARET DUDLEY, 61 Secretary, Detroit
She was robbed and then beaten to death in the basement of the church where she worked. Police arrested a 17-year-old youth and charged him with the murder.
RANDOLPH WRIGHT, 55 Garage manager, Houston
He accused a boyhood friend, Waldo Quarles, of running over his cat. As the argument flared, Quarles pulled out a...