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stared at the ceiling. Dear God, I prayed, " what should I do? I was still lying on the cot when I began remembering. It was like a curtain being drawn back, I saw Jack running into the store again, that look of terror on his face. ' But this time I did not run outside immediately! I ran past him toward a storeroom. A man stood in the passageway to the kitchen, pointing a gun. I panicked and ran into the Iswreroom, thinking Jack was following. Then I heard two shots. How long I was in the storeroom I don't know. I remember Jack standing by the bathroom door, clutching his throat. "Get help!" he gasped. It was then I ran by him and got blood on my shoes. No wonder he police had been suspi- or shock, had blacked all this out of my mind. Tre:iousHn-some-sort-of-amn- called-m-y-4awyeiv-"- i "As far as I know, this KalFnever been done before. If something went amiss, as it did last time well, Belva, it could wreck our case. If you say so, though, we'll give it another try. And for your protection, we'll hire Dr. LeMoyne Snyder to supervise the test." I suppose all "crime fans" know Dr. Snyder, a member of the Court of Last Resort and a great criminologist. He has been called in on many celebrated cases, including some studied by Erie Stanley Gardner who writes the Perry Mason stories. The test wa given July 5. The night before, I felt apprehensive. My life depended on what it would indicate. Dr. Snyder and a police official were "writ? he said, echoing my excitement. -- hen I went into court, I firmly be lieved my ordeal was over. But in stead of a writ of habeas corpus, I heard: "The State of Nevada ... . Belva Griffis . ... for the murder of Clarence (Jack) Griffis. I fainted. On March 11, Jack was buried in Chico, Calif., where he had lived until 1957. I pleaded without success to attend the funeral; I never saw Jack again after that last terrible glimpse in. the kitchen. That night, however, I hadjtwo unexpected callers, attorney Jack Mcpherson and his wife Norma. We had been friends in Chico when he was district attorney of Butte County. "Belva," he said, "you have many good friends in Chico who believe in you. They want me to represent you with a local attorney, Douglas Busey. Before I do though, I have to ask you a hard question." He leaned forward. "Did you kill Jack?" "Absolutely not!" 'Til represent you then," he said, and that was a turning point in my life. On April 3 detectives "testified at a preliminary hearing that I had told conflicting stories and lies. I was held without bail. W ..." for baby skin care! to - Mil Jr . B K Hi i unir-- Lotion Baby containing Zephira K 'u t : tM Ml ; ... mu t mi ' :- "' n . . , . t skinbirth - r7l-- l HP j . Works 2 ways to keep baby's T W - the police station the next morning. Again -- the -questions bu- t- this-tidetermine whether I would go free or to prisonrThe momentswereigonizing, but finally Dr. Snyder and the police were ready to check their results and this time I had reacjtedperfectly! The next morning amid: apologiesL and even tears by one official, I was released, J, had spent four months and, three days in jail. Worse, though, was the idea that anyone could have believed me capable of killing my husband. 14 IT v -- i -- rf Meanwhile, gun they were certain I hacThidden. They ripped up our apartment and pulled out all our groceries, leaving them to'spoil. "We'll tear tliat building apart brick by brick," one assistant district attorney said, "until we find that gun." Mr. pointed out that not only was there no time to hide a gun, but there was no reason for me to uses one. Nobody listened. My trial was set for July 17. 1 tried to tell authorities all my story including rthe --parts I had just recalled but they would not talk IAN Mc-Pher- son , dr a statement about the events of March 3 .and sign it under penalty of perjury, but nothing happened. , Finally Mr. McPherson visited me one day. "Belva," he said, "the only way I can get the officers to talk to you is to agree to another test. But they demand that yousign an agreement allowing. lie-detec- tor 1 W"Z.:B.T. Baby Powder mthXXwe Oil "Moisture-Proofs- " Attorney McPherson, Mrs. Griffis confer. won-derf- teen-aersJPol- ice their2i:aliber Later it was found. Now I am free both of the state's charges and the cloud of suspicion. Some day I hope I will be free of the bitterness. I think I will. I just have to remember my family and friends whoa came "to my aid when things were seemingly hopeless! Jack and , I were very lucky to make friends like that. Family Weekly, October t, 19GI IS C -- I y 1 i.i ?B.T. 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Doan's Pills act 3 ways for speedy relief. 1 They have a soothing effect on bladder irritations. 2 A fast action on nasging backache, headaches, muscular aches and pains. 8 A wonderfully mild diuretic action thru the kidneys, tending to Increase the output of the 15 miles of kidney tubes. So get the . sanie Tiappy relief millions have enjoyed for over 60 years. New, large, economy size saves money. Get Doan's Pills today 1 over-exertio- n, pain-relievi-ng " Baby Lotion on your own skin and see for yourself how iUwill smooth and soothe your baby's tender skin. jyg - - ,1"" er "Well, it's all over now," a said as I stepped into the sunshine a free woman. But it wasn't knew some people would never forget that Belva Griffis had been accused of murdering her husband. So 1 fled Reno almost as ifTwere a crim-inAshamed and embittered, I went to the shelter of my friends in Chicd. Then on July 11 I got a call from Jack McPherson. 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