In 40 A.D., the fabled Trung sisters rode elephants into battle to free Vietnam from its Chinese invaders. Nearly 2,000 years later, Ngo Dinh Nhu fancied herself a modern-day Trung, defending her country against communist rebels and American imperialists.
Madame Nhu, as she wished to be called, preferred limousines to elephants but was no less formidable. Sister-in-law of South Vietnam's bachelor president, Ngo Dinh Diem, she was the de facto first lady of the Diem regime of the 1950s and early '60s; her husband was head of the secret police.
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Madame Nhu: In the April 28 LATExtra section, the obituary and accompanying headlines on Madame Ngo...