Analysis: Structure

Using the martini glass structure, an article in The New York Times reported the capture of a New York man who had murdered several people.

The author began with a lead that summarized the capture of the fugitive. He then went on to summarize how the police caught the man and described the other murders the man committed in six different fact blocks.

After the summary, the author switched and finished the story in chronological order.

He began the chronological story on Friday morning and continued to recap the events of the next 24 hours.

The martini glass style worked well for this story, as it usually does for crime stories. It first summarizes the important facts of the event, then delves deeper into the specifics of what occurred.

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