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Attacks sow fear in S. Africa

Farmers, police divided on motive for violent crimes against landowners. Three years ago, cattle ranchers John and Bina Cross returned from a Sunday church picnic to find two armed thieves waiting inside their remote farmhouse. Over the next six hours, the invaders–they had ransacked the house, stealing money and guns–slowly tortured and murdered the aging couple. Bina Cross, 76, was shot three times and a kettle of boiling water was poured over her as she tried to crawl to a phone. Her 77-year-old husband, with gunshot wounds to the kidneys, was dragged around the house by a noose on his neck, then a bath spray nozzle was forced down his throat and scalding water was turned on. He finally died when the attackers used a revolver to blow off the top of his head. Full Story

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