MALAYA: A Most Exceptional Case

A wing commander of the R.A.F. in Malaya brought Mrs. Elizabeth Parsons the news: her airman husband, Flight Lieut. D. R. Parsons, had just been killed in a bombing strike on the Malayan Communists.

That night, Elizabeth Parsons had a few drinks to calm her nerves, and an R.A.F. doctor gave her sodium amytal as a sedative. Shortly after 9 o'clock, she went into the rooms where her two sons, Darryl John, 2½, and Edmund, 4, lay sleeping. Later, the wing commander and his wife found her standing in the bathroom, clad in a sarong, with her slashed wrists bleeding into...

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