Woman blinded in infamous 1959 NYC crime dies

Associated Press
In an April 25, 1997, file photo Burt Pugach laughs with his wife, Linda, in the hallway of the Queens Criminal Court in New York, where Pugach was on trial for threatening another, younger woman, after she left him. Linda Pugach, who was blinded in 1959 when her future husband hired  men to throw lye in her face, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 in New York. She was 75.  (AP Photo/Emile Wamsteker, file)

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Linda Pugach, who was blinded in 1959 when her lover hired hit men to throw lye in her face — and became a media sensation after later marrying him — has died, her husband said Jan. 24. She was 75.

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