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updated 03/29/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/29/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

If readers weir disillusioned by the behavior of the Duchess of York, as reported by her father's onetime lover Lesley Player (PEOPLE, March 8), they were simply disgusted with Player. On a more somber note, they were horrified by the murder of 2-year-old James Bulger, allegedly by two 10-year-olds.

THE DUCHESS OF YORK
I am a faithful royal watcher and nothing has disturbed me as much as the excerpt from Lesley Player's book about the Duchess of York. I am disappointed in myself for admiring such a morally bankrupt group of people for such a long time, and I find myself seriously wondering if the Queen will be able to rescue the family from this latest mess.
M. ELIZABETH FOSTER, Decatur, Ala.

Does Lesley Player seriously think the world is going to believe her when she claims that she wasn't seeking revenge by writing her memoirs? Her tell-all only confirms what only a few people had previously known—that Lesley Player is a money-grubbing slut!
DIANA ZAJICEK, Phoenix

You skewered Sarah Ferguson for the same offenses that male British royals have been guilty of for aeons, with few exceptions. Personally, I don't give a flying rat's heinie what the Windsors are up to, but I do find it irritating that you have perpetuated the archaic notion that it's somehow worse—or more sensational—when women break their vows than when men do.
DAWN MATSCHKE, Marion, N.Y.

If Lesley Player were having an affair with Steve Wyall and Maj. Ronald Ferguson at the same time, how could she be so sure she became pregnant by Ferguson and not Wyall? Or was that wishful thinking on her part?
MONICA PEGRAM, Pasadena, Tex.

JAMES BULGER
I am a senior in high school in a small town in southwestern Pennsylvania. It has a similar setting to the Liverpool area where James Bulger was brutally murdered. When I first heard of this contemptible act, I was devastated. Then I became enraged. Finally, when I read your article, I wept. How could two 10-year-old children, who do not even begin to know the value of life, take one away? It sickens me to think of the confusion and torture that this naive, trusting child must have gone through. What could breed the hatred that these 10-year-olds must have felt?
MALISSA A. KASH, Stockdale, Pa.

The article about James Bulger was awful to read—I wish I had not read it at all. The image of a terrified, horribly beaten 2-year-old screaming and crying, yet frantically clutching the hands of two 10-year-old boys shortly before he was killed by them, is haunting. I feel nauseous every time I think of his little finger hanging on for life, and the futility of it in the end. It is his innocence that stays with me. The total trust that only a child could have, and the complete violation ol that I rust, is what sickens me most.
CHRISTINE FUSCO, Albany, N.Y.

Even as a mother of a 2-year-old daughter, I cannot imagine the despair, sorrow and suffering Denise and Ralph Bulger must be going through. Losing your only child, I'm sure, is devastating. But grappling with the appalling facts surrounding his death would be inconceivable. As for his alleged 10-year-old murderers, 20 years behind bars does not even begin to equate for your son's horrifying death. As the saying goes, "An eye for an eye..."
WENDY L. WALKER, Cuyahoga Falls. Ohio

UP FRONT
Those seven Aspen skiers heroes? Bull! Those idiots were warned about the extreme avalanche risk, but they felt they were stronger than Mother Nature. They endangered the lives of hundreds of rescue workers—most of them volunteers—who had to go looking for them. Critical, stupid mistakes were made by this group, needlessly endangering many other people. The only heroes were the rescuers—and the people who were forced to endure the media coverage.
BRENDA BANKS, Denver

MARILYN TUCKER QUAYLE
How two-faced Marilyn Quayle was to ridicule Hillary Rodham Clinton during the election campaign when she is now doing exactly the same thing—using her maiden name and working outside the home at her profession. Marilyn goes out of stale for days away from her children, yet she stressed "family values" just a few months ago. Disgusting!
MARGARET LONG. Colorado Springs

INSIDER
By the way, it's $5 million, not 3.5.
CHARLIE SHEEN, Los Angeles

This is Mr. Sheens letter in its entirety. He is referring to an Insider report that quoted sources as saying he would receive $3.5 million for his work in the film The Three Musketeers. We thank him for his clarification.—ED.

CHATTER
Mary Steenburgen is quoted assaying that her birthday gilts from the Clintons were beautiful photographs of their Inauguration. Their Inauguration? Did I miss something on my ballot?
SYDNEY H. BUTCHER, Tulsa

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