Cruising in the West Indies in December 1934, Vera Stretz met Dr. Fritz Gebhardt. Miss Stretz, 30, had no occupation, enjoyed a small independent income. Dr. Gebhardt, 42, was vaguely connected with the German Nazi movement for the sake of his importing business. Each lived in Manhattan, where the cruise acquaintanceship was continued.
By April, they were quoting Oscar Wilde.
By mid-May, in a hotel at Lake George, N. Y., Miss Stretz had become Dr. Gebhardt's mistress.
By June, Miss Stretz had shown Gebhardt a small revolver, which she said was to scare off burglars....