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Russell Baker got his start as a reporter for The Sun and always looked back to Baltimore

Russell Baker got his start as a reporter for The Sun and always looked back to Baltimore

When parts of the dismembered body of Evelyn Rice, 30, who worked as a barmaid and mind-reader, began appearing in East Baltimore sewers and three-quarters of her torso was found in the spring of 1939 by a hospital worker in a dump near City Hospitals, The Evening Sun quickly dubbed it “The Torso Murder.”

On the morning the news broke, 14-year-old Russell Baker, the future Baltimore Sun reporter and New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, who already was dreaming of a newspaper career or being a writer one day, stood shivering in the pre-dawn darkness on deserted West Lombard Street, preparing to deliver the Sunday American.

As he ripped open the bundles of...

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