The Case of the Sleeping Beauty

An aristocrat goes on trial for attempted murder

It is a case right out of Agatha Christie, a high-society saga with all the elements of mystery: a beautiful woman in a coma, an aristocratic second husband, suspicious stepchildren and a fabulous fortune. This is no storybook yarn but a true-life tale that has scandalized the gentry. The final chapter began to unfold last week in Newport, R.I., where jury selection was nearly completed in the trial of Claus von Bülow, 55. He is accused of attempting to murder his heiress wife Martha with injections of insulin, precipitating the coma in which she...

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