Criminal Justice: The Squared Suspect

A grisly crime, public outrage, pressured police. In Manhattan, the familiar pattern swirled about the twin murder of Newsweek Researcher Janice Wylie, 21, and Schoolteacher Emily Hoffert, 23. Yet last week the old pattern had a new result: a rare official admission of a near-miscarriage of justice.

The crime that frightened hundreds of New York career girls, not to mention their parents, occurred on Aug. 28,

1963, when Janice and Emily were slugged, bound and stabbed to death around noon in their East Side apartment. Detectives questioned 1,000 persons, all to no avail,...

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