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The Nation

No charges will be filed in the 1968 death of the second wife of defense consultant Melvyn R. Paisley, the Seattle Times reported. Paisley is the focus of an investigation into bribery and bid-rigging at the Pentagon. “We have found nothing that would permit us to pursue criminal charges against anybody,” Sgt. Harlan Bollinger said. Mary Lou Paisley was 30 when she was found dead in the family’s home. Paisley told authorities that his wife, an artist, apparently had gotten up during the night to paint and was overcome by fumes while cleaning her brushes. The autopsy found no trace of sleeping pills, alcohol or paint solvent in her blood.


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