When they compile a history of great Herald ledes, this one, by Michele McPhee, is sure to make the cut:
Fugitive cross-dressing cop killer Thomas Shay taunted investigators searching for him in a letter to the Herald received yesterday just hours after federal marshals tracked him down at his mother’s Quincy home and hauled him away in handcuffs.
The only thing missing is the word “perv.”
Update: Good grief! It’s the day of the great Herald ledes! Don’t miss Laurel Sweet’s contribution:
A blood-soaked “house of horrors” greeted Revere police and firefighters when they answered an Elvis impersonator’s 911 call and found that the homicidal King had pinned a half-naked guest to his living room floor with a 2-foot-long machete.
With prose (and details) like that, the headline — “Fake Elvis: Suspicious mind made him kill” — is strictly anticlimactic.