" THE MOST TERRIBLE CRIME "
TWO CHILDREN—A boy and a girl in their early teens—knelt over the motionless body of another teen age girl, trying to breathe life back into her mangled, emaciated form. They were trying to deny what was already, but for a few last, labored breaths, a fact. A deputy prosecutor was later to call this death "the most terrible crime ever committed in the state of Indiana."
"She’s faking! She’s all right!" screeched the haggard, panic- stricken woman standing in the doorway.
The boy, a gangly 14- year-