SEX, BETRAYAL AND MURDER

AS HER TRIAL BEGINS, HER HOMETOWN GRAPPLES WITH THE FALLOUT FROM SUSAN SMITH'S TANGLED EMOTIONAL HISTORY

In Union, South Carolina, a town that last October earned its own pin on the map of American crime, the rage at Susan Smith's actions has gradually given way to more complex emotions. People are still appalled by the way she let her Mazda slide off a boat ramp into the waters of John D. Long Lake with her young sons Michael and Alex strapped into their car seats. They are still outraged at the ease with which she convinced the world that she was the grieving victim of a dark-skinned stranger. But the cries for the death penalty, if not...

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