DIVORCE: The Law That Killed

One dark and moonless night last July, a 31-year-old Long Island housewife named Mrs. Andrea Gehr found herself engaged in a furtive and embarrassing job of housebreaking. She got quietly out of an automobile which had brought her up a woodsy Putnam County lane and left the car in the shadows. Then, flanked by three private detectives, she climbed a fence and sneaked through the gloom toward an unlighted summer cottage.

Mrs. Gehr was on a humiliating mission; she wanted evidence for a divorce and custody of her two children. Her husband, a 40-year-old photographer and television director named Herbert Gehr,...

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