WASHINGTON: Case of the Spattered Ceiling

Very baffling, thought Attorney David A. Weyer. A practicing lawyer for only two years, he had taken on his first criminal case and lost it. Violet Sill, 34, a bride of 15 months, had confessed, been tried and found guilty of manslaughter, had been sentenced to 20 years in prison. She had fired the shotgun that killed her tavern-owner husband Marion; this was incontrovertible. Yet for 34-year-old Dave Weyer, who had once worked in a children's psychiatric clinic, Violet Sill's continued insistence on her own guilt raised the suspicion that something was wrong with the case. He decided...

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