CRIME: The Accident

The news that Mrs. Ronald Dean had shot and killed her 29-year-old Air Force technical sergeant husband in his parents' home near Oil City, Pa. shocked the members of that town's Optimist Club. It also shocked the club's happy, do-gooding ladies' auxiliary, a group called the Opti-Mrs. Together, they decided to help Lydia Dean. They passed the hat, ran notices in the newspapers, collected a defense fund of more than $2,000 from as far away as Florida. By the time the trial began in Venango County a fortnight ago, the whole of...

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