Technical knockouts

In 1911 or so, a young Chicago Journal picture chaser named Ben Hecht found a story.A picture chaser was always a young man, always ambitious, always as amoral as a lightning storm. When there was a violent crime, the picture chaser’s duty was to obtain — by hook, crook, charm, bribe or literal burglary — photos of the victim from better days.It was a lousy job for an …

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