THE TEACHER'S LAST SHOCKING LESSON

A REMARKABLE WOMAN REASONS WITH HER KILLER--AND TAPES IT

SHE USED THE MINIATURE TAPE REcorder for a graduate-school course she was taking. The device, though, would do much more than capture a lecture. It was a microcassette found in Kathleen Weinstein's shirt pocket that not only led police to her alleged killer but also revealed the New Jersey teacher to be a woman of extraordinary courage and compassion.

Weinstein, 45, was on her way to an exam at Toms River High School South on March 14 when she got out of her gold 1995 Toyota Camry to buy a sandwich at the busy Toms River Shopping Center. That's where her...