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On the trail of the czar's crown jewels

She’s navigated the world of Los Angeles’ elite for eight decades -- weekending at Hearst Castle at San Simeon with William Randolph Hearst , riding horses with friends at her family ranch above the boulevard that bears her father’s name, partying at posh gatherings from Newport Beach to Beverly Hills. She is also been a war correspondent who filed reports from Korea’s infamous Pork Chop Hill and is co-author of investigative books about the controversial deaths of Marilyn Monroe and legendary Russian “mad monk” Grigori Rasputin. Now Patte Barham says she’s ready for the biggest challenge of her life: uncovering the lost crown jewels of the czar of Russia.
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