NEW MEXICO: Happy Ending

In the early days of World War II, James Brit Brown, then 25, was a touching case to his draft board: he was an only son; his father had died two years before, leaving his mother alone and helpless on their 8,000-acre ranch near Portales. He was deferred.

Within a few months, his mother was found dead, murdered. Brown said she had been "nagging and fussing" at him to fix the windmill, admitted that he had "lost his head" and shot her. He was given a 40-to-55-year term in the State Penitentiary, but...

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