CONFRONTING THE KILLER

SURVIVORS OF VIOLENT CRIMES FIND THAT FACING AN ATTACKER IN COURT IS JUST THE MEDICINE THEY NEED

For the four men murdered last week during the gruesome post-office robbery in New Jersey, the suffering was relatively brief. The same cannot be said for the close-knit town of Montclair, which immediately went into mourning and flew its flags at half-staff. For the lone survivor of the attack, who is recovering from three bullet wounds in the head, and for the families of the victims, the horror and grief have barely begun. Long after the funerals are over and the physical injuries have healed, those touched by such crimes are likely to face deep psychological traumas--recurring images of the attack,...

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