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In rural Illinois a man murdered his best friend and cut off his ear with a razor, a symbolic execution. The murdered man was sleeping with the killer's wife, who had left her husband and taken the children. In divorce court, where she denied her adultery, she was awarded all her husband's money, leaving him with nothing but sorrow and rage. All night he hid out near the barn, and when his best friend came to do the milking, he shot him point-blank. Then he weighted himself down, waded into the river and put a bullet in his head. The ear...

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