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Country Noir

April 23, 2013

One spring morning two years ago, a woman left her house?a small white one, its porch overrun by toys and exercise equipment?and dropped off her kids at the Sunman Elementary School. Sunman is a tiny town that spreads across the flat farmland of Southern Indiana. State Road 101 is the main drag, and the woman drove down it, past the IGA with its twin gas pumps, past the Family Dollar, past a bar named Louie?s, until she reached home. 

Stanley Short, her estranged husband, was waiting inside. When she entered, Short hit her on the head with a hammer, then bound her to a bed

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