SWITZERLAND: LAffaire Poupette

In a suburb of the placid city of Geneva, Mme. Marie Zumbach returned home one spring evening in 1958 from a weekly parish meeting. As she entered the back door, she heard her husband Charles scream for help. Four shots rang out, and a man came running toward her, chased her out into the garden and shot her down. The attacker returned to the house, savagely and repeatedly stabbed the dying Charles Zumbach, then mounted his bicycle and pedaled away into the night.

Mme. Zumbach survived her wounds but could not tell police who might have wanted to kill her...

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