Brazil: A Jungle Slaying &

A Jungle Slaying &

Francisco Mendes Alves Filho knew he was going to be killed. The Amazon environmentalist had already escaped three attempts on his life. The fourth, just before Christmas, proved fatal. When Mendes, 44, stepped from his house in the Brazilian jungle town of Xapuri to take a shower in his backyard, a single shot cut him down. Two police guards assigned to protect him were in the house with Mendes' wife and two of their children.

Mendes had accused two wealthy landowner brothers, Darli and Alvarino Alves da Silva, of plotting to kill him. Last week Darli's son, Darci Alves da Silva...

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