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This has always been a fascinating story - I can't believe Slate's just now discovering it. There's a much longer, more detailed account somewhere.

There's a pretty good one in the New Yorker (paywall, though I've seen scans of the article floating around): http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1995/05/29/1995_05_29_045_T...

A full text of the article can be found here:


This is much more comprehensive and interesting than the source linked in OP and elsewhere.

I discovered this a few years back while doing some reading for an ethics class, and was fascinated by it.

It was dramatized in the "Structural Corruption" episode of NUMB3RS, though they added in a suicide / murder element.

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