South Viet Nam: The Bodies

After their coup, South Viet Nam's rebels announced that President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother, Ngo Dinh Nhu, were killed in an armored car when Nhu scuffled with an army captain over a gun. Hardly anyone believed that story. According to a likelier version, the brothers were taken to Joint General Staff Headquarters; Diem refused to announce his resignation and Nhu started cursing—whereupon one of the generals pulled his gun and shot them. In any case, the new government to this day terms their deaths "accidental suicide."

Since then, the Saigon press corps has been given glimpses of photographs purporting...

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