A Savage Story

Suburbia is not immune to the ugliest crimes, like this mother's death in a carjacking

FOR A WEEK PAMELA BASU WORRIED about how well her 22-month-old daughter Sarina would adjust to her first day at school. Basu told her supervisor she might be late to work that day, but not to fret: she would just need a little extra time to comfort her daughter and ease the separation. When the day arrived, Basu secured her daughter in the car seat, climbed behind the wheel of her pale gold BMW and drove off, edging to a halt at a nearby stop sign. At that moment, the peaceful town of Savage, Maryland, lost the irony of its name.

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