Sternberger was a methodical man of nearly 50, with bushy white hair,
guileless brown eyes, and the bouncing enthusiasm of a czardas dancer of
his native Hungary. He always took the 9:09 Long Island Railroad train
from his suburban home to Woodside, N.Y.., where he caught a subway into
On the morning of January 10, 1948,
Sternberger boarded the 9:09 as usual. En ro...