BRAZIL: The Palace Trail

President Getulio Vargas was in trouble. Every new clue to the assassination of an Air Force major and the shooting of Editor Carlos Lacerda (TIME, Aug. 16) seemed to point straight to the presidential palace. First the driver of the getaway cab identified a longtime Vargas bodyguard as one of the gunmen, but the man fled the palace before police could pick him up. Then angry air force officers, who staged their own investigation, seized another gunman and leaked a report that he claimed to have done the deed on order of Luthero Vargas, son of the President and a...

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