More than 5 decades after his first wife’s death, Felix Vail is convicted of her murder—and suspected in the disappearances of other women in his life
Mary Horton Vail

After dark on Oct. 28, 1962, new parents Mary and Felix Vail left their 3-month-old son with a sitter and headed out on a boat on the Calcasieu River near their home in Lake Charles, La. Vail would later say Mary spotted a stump in the water and fell overboard as he swerved to miss it—and that his desperate attempts to save her failed. When her body washed up two

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