Stalking the Serial Killer

In California, a suspect is arrested

The temperature reached a stifling 108 degrees in parts of Los Angeles last week, but there was still a noticeable chill in the area. All along the California coast, doors and windows were bolted shut. Hardware stores experienced a run on security items, and weapons dealers reported a booming business. The pervasive fear had been aroused by the latest foray of the so-called Night Stalker, the serial killer who entered houses stealthily and seemingly at random, attacking and sometimes killing the occupants. Anxiety subsided Saturday when police at last arrested a suspect.

Most of the 16 murders and eight attacks that...

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