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Murder, bigamy – historic trial in Vale had all the ingredients of classic film noir

A new book details the seedy circumstances of a murder plot and the woman who was convicted of planning the crime. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – In the early winter of 1947, Malheur County was fixated by a lurid crime story that seemingly had it all.

Murder.

Adultery.

Deception.

Bigamy.

The story featured a cast of characters straight out of the Hollywood backlot.

A rich doctor and his beautiful trophy wife.

A young cowboy who just wanted to ride broncs and have a good time.

A murder on a lonely stretch of highway near Jordan Valley.

The case and the ensuing trial are the subjects of “Til Death Do us … A true crime story of bigamy and murder,” a book released last spring . . .