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Holy Cow! The Body in the Trunk; Who Killed Elsie Sigel?

If the telegram was meant to reassure her parents, it didn’t work. “Will be home soon,” it said. “Don’t worry.” It was signed EJS. But the parents did worry. They hadn’t seen 19-year-old Elsie J. Sigel for days. The Sigels were socially prominent New Yorkers. Grandfather Franz Sigel was a famous Civil War general. A German immigrant, he inspired

Legal Beat

High court moves away from leniency for minors who murder

The Supreme Court made it easier Thursday to sentence minors convicted of murder to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a ruling that reflects a change in course driven by a more conservative group of justices. In a dissent, a liberal justice accused her colleagues of gutting earlier decisions that said life without

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