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Lovesick Maid Convicted of Assault of Actor George Montgomery

Nov. 15, 1963 - A jury today convicted the lovesick former maid of actor George Montgomery of misdemeanor assault. The jury found Miss Ruth G. Wenzel (pictured), 37, innocent of two more serious offenses, assault with intent to commit murder and burglary. Miss Wenzel, who was accused of trying to kill Montgomery because he spurned her love, accepted the verdict with a smile and said: “I still love him. I wish you reporters would stop picking on him.” The German-born maid, who testified to numerous intimacies with the 46-year-old actor, said: “I learned my lesson. I won’t go after George again — with a gun.” The misdemeanor conviction carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail and a $500 fine, but the defendant said she hopes to get probation. She and her attorney, Louis Bell, expressed satisfaction with the verdict, but she refused to kiss Bell for photographers saying: “No. I only want to kiss George.”


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