The Press: Five Star Final

In New York last fortnight someone knotted a clothesline around the shapely neck of Benita Franklin Bischoff, alias Vivian Gordon, strangled her and threw her dead body into the bushes of Van Cortlandt Park. She had been about to testify in the city's vice investigation. Vivian Gordon became the story of the week.

In Audubon, N. J., Vivian's daughter, Benita Bischoff, a dark, homely, boyish girl of 16, read the newspapers. In her diary she wrote:

"What an awful mess mother got herself into. . . . They are saying such terrible things. ....

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