FRANCE: Shot in the Dark

In Nice, as everyone had expected, a jury of seven bachelors and five husbands last week acquitted deep-dimpled, winsome Mrs. Charlotte Nixon-Nirdlinger, 26, self-confessed killer of her rich, jealous, 54-year-old U. S. husband (TIME, March 23). In a skin-tight black dress, she sobbed into a pitifully small white handkerchief edged with black, told the jurymen she shot in self defense, told them she shot in total darkness after he, with jealous, groping hands had reached to wring her neck.

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