Behavior: Low Profile for a Legend Bernard Goetz

Bernhard Goetz, the subway gunman, spurns aid and celebrity

Joan Rivers sent a LOVE AND KISSES telegram offering to help out with the bail money. "Thug Buster" T shirts began to appear on the streets of New York City, and an aspiring rock group wrote a song in his honor ("I'm not going to give you my pay/ Try and take it away/ Come on, make my day/ They call him the vigilante"). The red-bereted Guardian Angels jingled canisters in front of subway straphangers, collecting for his defense. But Bernhard Hugo Goetz, the 37-year-old electronics expert who shot four black teen-agers in a New York City subway car last month,...

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