The Family: A Question of Custody


At trial's end, there was a brief vignette that presaged what was to come. Dr. James Slater Murphy threw his arms around his lawyer and kissed him on the cheek. Mrs. Nelson ("Happy") Rockefeller, handsome second wife of the Governor of New York, stood in the corridor smoking cigarette after cigarette. "You are nervous!" said a deputy sheriff sympathetically. She was.

Last week Happy learned that her premonitions were all too justified. New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph F. Gagliardi denied Happy's suit to regain custody of her children, ruled that...

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