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King-of-Diamonds-Rina-Pederson_horiz-featThe crime that triggered all the excitement happened on a bone-cold night in 1959. A “blue norther” had blown across the barren stretches of Texas into Dallas. Rich women in Dallas turtled down into their mink coats and said “Brrrrr!” to their husbands as they hurried out to cocktail parties. Few realized it at that moment, but they were living in auspicious times. The country was entering a new era that year—and so was Dallas. Dwight Eisenhower was finishing his last term in the White House. Despite Cold War tensions, he remained one of the most popular presidents of all time. He rarely spoke to his vice president, Richard Nixon, but he didn’t much want to. Lyndon Baines Johnson, the arm-twisting, vote-counting Master of the Senate, had his eyes…

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