FRANCE: Cain and Abel

Philippe Levasseur was the good one. He was 25, quiet, slender, clean-cut, a steady worker. Until about six months ago, he lived at home with his parents, farm workers in the Normandy village of Londinières. Then he went to the nearby port of Dieppe and got a job working in the oyster beds.

Gilbert Levasseur was the bad one.

An occasional stevedore on the Dieppe piers, a drifter, a petty thief, he drank heavily, and then would get into fights. He was even known as "Judoka," the judo expert, because of his brawling.

Despite their differences, Philippe and Gilbert were identical twins. Said...

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