With her bigamous marriage to Lawrence Converse making headlines throughout Southern California and beyond, and juvenile authorities scouring Los Angeles for her, Reatha reluctantly returns to her parents. This chapter is a continuation of the intensifying, sensationalized consequences wrought by Reatha’s bigamous marriage to Lawrence. Reatha’s celebrity status—-an outgrowth of her alleged kidnapping and eviction from Los Angeles for being “too beautiful”—-expands as she is ceaselessly hounded by reporters and gives various interviews. Lawrence turns himself in to authorities and a preliminary hearing ensues, further inflaming newspaper headlines. Reatha and Lawrence’s wife, both made to testify against Lawrence, appear in court. A shocking series of events brings the case to an abrupt conclusion and Reatha, deemed notorious by the Los Angeles film studios, is barred from working as an actress in their films.
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