All-time best opening line in a news story

The headline is pretty fabulous too, but it’s hard to beat the following sentence as an attention-grabber:

“A murder-for-hire suspect till the end, John Litchfield - the longtime lover of a fellow Galveston cruise ship captain imprisoned for stealing an infant’s identity - has died of mad cow disease in a Friendswood nursing home.”

Gotta admit - it makes me want to read more…

The New York Times on September 12, 2001: It kept getting worse.

Sums up the day in four words.

Great sentence. Positively Bulwer-Lyttonian!