CUBA: Big Bookings in New York

Cuban justice had seemed as indignant over Patricia ("Satira") Schmidt's violation of Latin good manners as it was over the fact that she killed her lover, John Lester Mee, with a .22 pistol. In sentencing Cootch-Dancer Schmidt to 15 yeacs for manslaughter (TIME, Feb. 2), the judges had chided her for "appearing nude on the deck of [Mee's] yacht like a nymph," and for "swimming naked in [Havana] Bay." Said Toledo-born Satira: "They just don't understand our customs."

Last week, after 17 months in prison, long-legged Satira had no trouble in understanding an old Cuban custom. In line with tradition,...

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