The networks covered two other crime stories. The first was an arrest in the murder spree in eastern England in which five prostitutes were killed. The development made for a dynamic story because the suspect, Tom Stephens, was a self-confessed friend and client of the drug-addicted sex workers and had granted a BBC radio interview about them while he was still a free man. NBC's Michelle Kosinski showed us Stephens' myspace.com page and played clips both from Stephens--"he claimed he had won the trust of these slain women"--and also from one prostitute he befriended who is still alive: "He was a gentle type, gentle and caring."
CBS had Mark Strassmann cover the FBI's violence statistics and Mark Phillips on the prostitute murders, but posted no link to either brief report. CBS also assigned Bob Orr to a closing profile of Cathy Lanier, former teenage single mother, one-time high-school dropout, up-from-the-ranks beat cop, double masters-degree graduate, the 39-year-old newly appointed Chief of Police of Washington DC. "If you were a guy, I would ask you if you were a tough guy. Are you a tough woman?" "My two brothers would say I am."
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