The Nation: Death in the Orchards

The sheriff's deputies were digging at the four-foot level when they unearthed a human toe; soon they had dug up the whole body. Then last week a farm hand working on a nearby ranch spotted a suspicious-looking mound. The sheriff's men went back to work and quickly came up with a second corpse. That touched off a thorough search of the orchard country around Yuba City, Calif., a normally placid town (pop. 13,986) on the Feather River 45 miles north of Sacramento. Using shovels and finally a tractor with a scoop, the deputies turned...

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