A Mistress's Life and Death

Vicki Morgan's accused killer goes on trial

Much is known about Vicki Morgan's life, perhaps too much. For twelve years she was the lavishly kept mistress of Alfred Bloomingdale. The multimillionaire former head of Diners Club was part of Ronald Reagan's "kitchen cabinet," and his widow Betsy is a close friend of Nancy Reagan's. Shortly before Bloomingdale died of cancer in 1982, Morgan, then 29, filed a $5 million palimony suit that publicized the lurid details of their affair.

About Vicki Morgan's death, however, far too little is clear. No one disputes that she...

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