Dallas love triangle ended in murder

On Feb. 23, 1942, the estranged wife of a Dallas newspaper columnist went on trial for the fatal shooting of  her husband’s not-so-secret lover. Back in 1979, D Magazine talked a former employee of The Dispatch into reminiscing about Dallas’ gone but not forgotten tabloid that drove the establishment nuts and kept its readers entertained. No one had to twist Al Harting’s arm, however. He liked nothing better than to relive those wild and crazy days as a reporter for The Dispatch. One evening in particular stuck out like a sore thumb in the retired newspaperman’s memory. It was the night in April 1941 that Juanita Barr shot to death Blanche Woodall, the beautiful blonde girlfriend of her unfaithful hubby Eddie, popular gossip columnist for The Dispatch.

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