TEXAS: Classroom Casanova

On a clear summer night in Texas the moon hangs like a huge orange Chinese lantern; the stars sit like fat, cool diamonds on a sky of jewelers' plush; the earth is silent with the windless quiet of a thousand miles of sleeping land.

At about 1:20 a. m. on the morning of July 26, 1938, Ray Bonta, a reporter on the Dallas News, drove Mary Jo Miller, Illinois physical education teacher, home from a dance, saw her safely in, drove off. Jaunty, dark-haired Mary Jo was staying with her brother, J. H. Miller,...

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