TO OUR READERS 4
COVER: The Mother Who Killed Her Kids 42
Pleading on TV for the return of her "carjacked" children,
South Carolina's Susan Smith tugged at the nation's
heartstrings -- until she told the police where to find the bodies
The Phenomenon: If kids are slain, a parent is often the culprit
The Scapegoats: Why do blacks always get the blame?
POLITICS: Will the Center Hold? 52
Clinton will have to deal with a more polarized Congress
LAW ENFORCEMENT: Maybe Politicians Got It Wrong 63
While three-strikes laws falter, prevention puts a dent in crime...