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Thursday, September 1, 2005

Why Hasn't This Salacious Murder Trial Received Its Fair Share of Sensational Coverage? UPDATED

A rich American woman kills her husband, a Merrill Lynch banker in Hong Kong, with a poison milk shake, has the body disposed of by servants, and claims both amnesia and self-defense against a sexually insatiable husband, and this story is the first I've heard of it.  (She also invoked the Jean Harris defense, that the poison research she had done on the Internet was designed to find information to help her commit suicide; although she obtained the necessary drugs, somehow they wound up in her husband rather than her.)  Just what do you have to do, exactly, to get some tabloid attention these days?  [Jack Chin]  Guilty verdict, life sentence. [Jack Chin]

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