The One That Got Away

Why an escaped murderer haunts Michael Dukakis

Willie Horton was supposed to be serving time for murder in Massachusetts in April 1986 when he invaded a home in Oxon Hill, Md., raped a woman and stabbed her companion. Horton had not broken out of prison. He had walked away from it ten months earlier while on a weekend furlough, an experiment that has been a cornerstone of Governor Michael Dukakis' criminal-justice program.

Now the Horton case is being used to paint Dukakis with that most damaging ) liberal stereotype: soft on crime. George Bush has taken to citing his differences with the Governor by saying, "I don't like...

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