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The editor and the kidnapper

40 years ago this week, Reg Murphy was stuffed in a car trunk and the manhunt for his captor was on

By Bill Torpy - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It was a Wednesday night, 9:15, and The Atlanta Constitution’s chiefs were in managing editor Jim Minter’s office sorting through a busy news day, debating the next day’s front page: Gov. Jimmy Carter was mad at legislators. Inflation was roaring. The Watergate investigation was accelerating. Hank Aaron was chasing the home run record. And the FBI thought kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst might soon be released.

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