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Brothers Confess To Murdering Parents – But Are They Innocent?

January 21, 2020


On August 18, 1989, two brothers named Eric
and Lyle Menendez walked into a Big 5 Sporting Goods store in San Diego and bought themselves
two Mossberg 12-gauge shotguns. These were no ordinary kids; they were what
you might call ultra-wealthy Beverly Hills boys. They lived in a stunning, palatial mansion
in the heart of the playground of the rich and famous. A day after they bought the guns, their parents,
José and Kitty, chartered a yacht and took the boys shark fishing, which is apparently
nothing out of the ordinary for a family swimming in money. What is unusual is the next day the boys entered
a room where their father was watching television and unloaded the shotguns on their mother
and father. Welcome to one of America’s most confounding
true crime stories. First of all. They did it. They admitted to it and that’s that. They fired the shots, made damn sure both
were dead, and then went to the movie theater to watch Batman. We kid you not. This sounds like a simple open and shut case. But, just hold on a second because as you
shall see, this bloody tale takes many turns. We’re a long way from getting to the Scooby-Doo,
rip the mask off the criminal ending. Let’s start by telling you how this family
got so incredibly rich. We’ve seen the house and it befits a queen,
or someone just as important who also has a penchant for buying big places, such as
Evander Holyfield. That multi-million dollar property was bought
with hard-earned cash. José Enrique Menéndez escaped the Cuban
Revolution and arrived on U.S. shores at just 16 years old. He studied hard and a few years later had
an accounting degree. He later met Kitty, a teacher, but she gave
that up while Jose was making a ton of cash as an entertainment executive. Their children went to the best schools and
grew up with everything a child might need in terms of material goods. They might not have been shown much love,
but we’ll get around to that later. Erick had an acumen for tennis and at one
point was ranked the 44th best male player in the country under 18. His grades weren’t too impressive, though. Lyle got into Princeton, but he was also on
the bottom rung of the academic ladder and even got suspended for plagiarizing work. So we have two rich kids, one a university
drop-out and the other a tennis hopeful. At the time of the murders Lyle was 21 and
Erik was 18. With a bit of hard work both of them were
pretty much guaranteed to be set for life. That house was worth well over ten million
dollars, and we expect the father might have said, “One day kids, all this will be yours.” There’s a chance that if Erik hadn’t decided
to remove his parents’ faces with a hail of bullets he might have been challenging
the likes of Pete Sampras and Andrej Agassi. Back to that fateful night. After killing their parents they changed into
some clean clothes, saw Batman, and then they dumped the guns. They returned home and that’s when they
called the cops and pretended to be shocked. Lyle called 911 and tearfully he said, “Someone
killed our parents!” When the police arrived Erik was rolling around
on the lawn in the fetal position howling in tears. How did it go down, the cops wondered. The investigation revealed that the murderers
had just walked into the room where the father was watching TV and shot him in the back of
the head. He died instantly and was almost decapitated. Kitty heard the shots and she entered the
room, whereupon she was shot in the leg. She tried to run, but slipped on her own blood. While crawling helplessly on the floor she
was shot in the chest and arms. The coup de grace was a shot to her face,
which left her unrecognizable. Both of them also had shots to the kneecaps. These execution style murders looked to the
cops like the work of organized crime, and for some reason the kids weren’t suspects
at the start. They didn’t even go through gunshot residue
tests to check if they had used a gun. Seeing as they stood to inherit many millions
you’d have thought they’d be prime suspects, but at first none of the evidence pointed
to them doing it. Then they did some reckless things. In the months after the murders, what we might
call the mourning period, the two brothers were seemingly having the time of their lives. Lyle purchased a café, because hey, why not. He also got himself a very expensive Rolex
and a Porsche Carrera. He wore one of the Rolexes to the funeral,
and on the way there in a Limo he talked about how he was going to the U.S. Open. He was seen with his dearly departed father’s
secretary. She would later testify that Lyle said, “Hey,
Marzi, who said I couldn’t fill my father’s shoes?” That’s because he was actually wearing his
father’s shoes. Marzi was not impressed and somewhat nonplussed
about the icy statement. Erik got himself a new tennis coach. Both boys took trips and spent a fair bit
of cash in London and the Caribbean. They bought condos in Marina del Rey and ate
at some very expensive restaurants in LA, driving there at times in their deceased mother’s
Mercedes-Benz SL convertible. The cops meanwhile were looking at other entertainment
executives that might have had a beef with Jose. He was, after all, well-known for being crude
and shrewd in business. They also looked into any mob connections,
but no one really had a motive to kill Jose, and especially Kitty. If it was an assassination by an enemy then
Kitty was likely just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But who else might want to take both of them
out, instead of just killing Jose and then escaping? Hmm, yep, those kids that were spending money
like Mike Tyson after his first big paycheck. The cops were on to them, and so told one
of Erik’s friends to wear a wire and ask him if he did it. Erik said no, he didn’t, but he did confess
to his psychologist. That psychologist didn’t breach doctor-patient
confidentiality, but he did tell his mistress what Erik had told him. She then told the cops. At this point the boys still think they are
in the clear. Lyle has hired some bodyguards for when he
goes shopping and spends thousands of dollars at a time. Both brothers have also just created a real
estate and entertainment business called, “Menendez Investment Enterprises.” The two were interviewed numerous times about
their loss and what they wanted to do with the money. They saw fame and wealth ahead, and Erik even
said they might get into politics. He said, “My brother wants to become President
of the U.S. I want to be senator and be with the people of Cuba.” He even said he felt his father’s ghost
inside him, pushing him to do good in Cuba. People swallowed the story hook, line and
sinker, but the cops saw two rats. So, the police have been told that the boys
did it. They arrested Lyle since he was in California
and then Erik was arrested after he came home after playing a tennis tournament in Israel. The case wasn’t simple, though. In court a judge ruled that the therapy session
tapes could be used as evidence, but the boys had hired the best lawyers and they fought
that for over a year. Around three years after the murders, both
boys were eventually indicted for murder. In both cases the juries were deadlocked,
which means they couldn’t come to an agreement. The boys sat in court, sometimes in almost-matching
sweaters, looking like two wealthy Ivy League students who were on their way to the country
club. How come they weren’t immediately found
guilty and sent to prison? Can you imagine if some poor dudes from South
Central had admitted to the crime. Would they get a hung jury? The defense argued that both boys had been
molested throughout their childhood and that’s why they riddled their parents’ bodies with
bullets, kneecapped them and removed substantial parts of their heads. The defense was good, too, very good. The Washington Post at the time called her
a “star attorney” adding that she was a “4-foot-11, fire-eating, mud-slinging,
nuclear-strength pain in the legal butt.” She told the jury about how these two noble
young men had been savagely brutalized from infancy right up until the day the despicable
parents got what they deserved. These two lost souls were both paragons of
humanity, she argued. The angels had had their youth taken away
from them by two ghastly parents who couldn’t keep their hands to themselves…you get the
picture, she was convincing, and delivered an oratory matching the words of William Shakespeare. The boys sobbed, too, and told a tale of household
horror that wouldn’t look out of place in hell. The defense lawyer told the jury that before
the kids did what they did, they approached the parents and told them that if they didn’t
quit molesting them they would go to the cops and ruin both of them. She said that those mean parents in no uncertain
terms said, try that, and see what happens. The two kids feared retaliation and had no
choice but to go and buy two shotguns and then shoot the molesters down in a hail of
bullets. As for all that big spending? Well, it was just a way of dealing with things. The thing is, was she telling the truth? Well, the two people who could corroborate
what she said were both dead. A cousin did come forward and support the
boys’ story, so that counted for something. The brothers cried when questioned in court,
and you might have felt pity for them, but the vast majority of the American public weren’t
buying it. The boys cried and cried, and the public for
the most part mocked what they said were crocodile tears. The skepticism was so rife that even Saturday
Night Live mocked the brothers. The kids said the father was the instigator
of the abuse, but the mother was also demonic in her own way. They said she was selfish, mentally unstable,
and after eating a handful of benzos washed down with a quart of Vodka she could become
violent. It worked for a while, but then there was
a second trial and in that trial the judge would not permit the defense to use the abuse
claims. He also said the jury couldn’t vote for
a manslaughter charge. On August 2, 1996, both brothers were sentenced
to life in prison without the possibility of parole. For 22 years they didn’t see each other,
but then in 2018 they were housed in the same unit and when they met they burst into tears
and embraced. They’ve both been married and done quite
a few interviews. One of the brothers said in one such interview,
“I am the kid who did kill his parents, and no rivers of tears has changed that.” In a famous interview, Erik says, “I’m
just a normal kid.” The interviewer says, “You’re a normal
kid who killed his parents.” He then says in a hushed tone, “I know.” He even added that he admired his father,
saying, “He was everything that success was.” Some supporters of the children say the father
might not have been a physical kind of abuser, but he was a powerful man that ruled over
the house with an iron fist. He was what you might call an overbearing
father. Friends of the family have said that Jose
was somewhat tyrannical and he bullied his own kids. A child psychologist who has reviewed the
case said it was the younger brother who was the victim of most of the abuse and the older
brother defended him. He believes the boys told the truth and the
public that mocked the boys are wrong. But why kill the mother, and shoot her ten
times? The psychologist replied, “I’ve talked
with the boys about this, and it’s something that they don’t fully understand. She was a very painful part of their lives,
throughout their lives. And a person who they would’ve seen as not
protecting them. She would turn up the television set if one
of them was off in another room being physically abused by the father.” The cousin who corroborated the brothers’
story has also spoken out of late and he still states that Lyle told him during his childhood
that the father was doing things no father should ever do. Then you have people who say criminals often
use such excuses when they are held accountable for a crime. One psychologist said, “They say whatever
they believe will gain them a sympathetic ear and thereby minimize unpalatable consequences. They may claim they were abused when it never
occurred.” There are those that argue that the brothers
didn’t use the so-called “abuse-excuse” and they have been unfairly treated by the
justice system and the people who have mocked them. That journalists and documentary makers have
slanted their stories to make them look spoiled, selfish, and ultimately culpable of a heinous
crime. Perhaps the public has treated those boys
harshly, only because of some envy for the boy’s wealth. Maybe people have biases towards kids who
are labelled as spoiled brats, or maybe they were spoiled and selfish and out for some
inheritance. The mother might have been a pill-popping
malcontent married to a tyrannical man whose yearning for success dehumanized him, but
that shouldn’t have resulted in them both being shot to pieces. Then again, you might question why those kids
murdered their parents in such a fashion. Wasn’t one bullet enough? Where did that rage come from? Maybe these kids deserve another trial and
those abuse allegations should be accepted. Some say yay to that, and others resoundingly
say nay. We can’t solve the mystery for you and so
there will be no Scooby-Doo reveal today. We can’t lift the mask from the past and
see what went down inside the walls of that mansion. We can say one thing for sure though, and
that’s that money can’t buy happiness. Should the brothers be in prison? Tell us in the comments and then go watch
“Why Prisoner Proven Innocent Can’t Be Released” Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time.

100 Comments

  • Reply constipated in sin city January 19, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    That house is haunted. 15 years ago I was invited by this honey I met here in Vegas. I was there for a weekend and I took pictures of shadow people and multiple orbs. Dang I totally forgot about them. I have an old flip phone I need to look for! Great video Infographic!

  • Reply NIX 5 Cents January 19, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    Why was the judge able to dictate what defense they could use?

  • Reply Tarseik January 19, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    Rich ppl are weird

  • Reply lyte stylez January 19, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    well every time i watch things like this i go do my own research so that’s the mission now

  • Reply WhiteSideofBread XD January 19, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Hotel? TrIvAgO

  • Reply xp_ke rblx January 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    So were the parents Cuban?

  • Reply Brett Henderson January 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    Running out of content I see

  • Reply PreX' Stylez January 20, 2020 at 12:06 am

    "Money cant buy happiness"

    Me while rolling my blunt: 😉

  • Reply Lucias the Goose January 20, 2020 at 12:08 am

    3:08 the dad is still smiling

  • Reply Rowdy January 20, 2020 at 12:12 am

    They'll rot in prison. Too bad they weren't just executed. ..

  • Reply Gadolini Rutherfordium January 20, 2020 at 12:17 am

    As if they wouldn’t do something smart like put potent carcinogens in their food? Yes it’s a slow acting poison (it a few months to a few years) but when they get cancer there is no way to prove anyone gave them cancer. Since the carcinogens eventually leave their bodies shortly after the damage is done to the DNA.

  • Reply David martins January 20, 2020 at 12:20 am

    Did you know the brothers are spotted on a rare NBA player card sitting court side

  • Reply Dominique Norman January 20, 2020 at 12:25 am

    the way it seem those they probably want on the will or couldn't spend that much cause of the both of their parent and so they shot they and went on a spending spree

  • Reply StaticSinister January 20, 2020 at 12:29 am

    For some reason I suspect that The Infographics Show is holding animators like my dad hostage. He hasn’t been back for 2 weeks. He said he left to get the milk from the corner store. If anyone else’s dad has been missing please comment. We need to check if the Infographics Show is holding them hostage. WHOS WITH ME!

  • Reply Francisco J January 20, 2020 at 12:47 am

    Search for Schoklender Argentinian brothers

  • Reply HyperClaw875513 January 20, 2020 at 12:58 am

    Wow just wow

  • Reply Charles Szasz January 20, 2020 at 1:11 am

    They could've just left and never been found

  • Reply Chung Hung January 20, 2020 at 1:13 am

    I like to think batman came out the screen and it scared them so much they confessed

  • Reply Yeet Boi January 20, 2020 at 1:16 am

    I dunno

  • Reply nesseiht gnay January 20, 2020 at 1:26 am

    They confessed done deal

  • Reply Yasintheyeetboi yeet January 20, 2020 at 1:39 am

    I just want to know why they smile literally all the time

  • Reply Amna Saeed January 20, 2020 at 1:44 am

    I think the brothers are in the right

  • Reply Preston Lê January 20, 2020 at 1:48 am

    They had just one motive , their parents' money and also karma for abusing them . Instead of pumping the parents with 10 rounds of shotgun bullets couldn't they just ask for some money and move out ?

  • Reply Mad Max January 20, 2020 at 1:50 am

    I remember that snl skit

  • Reply Liza Strk January 20, 2020 at 1:51 am

    The psychologist must have lost his license

  • Reply mychannel January 20, 2020 at 1:52 am

    Didnt the doctor breach the confidentiality by telling his mistress???

  • Reply rusty shaklford January 20, 2020 at 1:58 am

    Some lawyers are just completely evil will try to protect anybody for a buck

  • Reply Dane Beamon January 20, 2020 at 2:06 am

    I listen to this show everyday after work. There is always a new episode. Keep it up 👍🏾
    Can’t wait until you guys get a show on Netflix.

  • Reply P0!Z3N EnvY January 20, 2020 at 2:15 am

    Who ever says,"Money can't buy you happiness."
    Obviously,Has never been bailed out of jail. 🤪😂✌️

  • Reply XxOptic SeriesxX January 20, 2020 at 2:27 am

    dang the new animation style is juce

  • Reply Glen De Luna January 20, 2020 at 2:31 am

    Soooo what happened to their money?

  • Reply Caleb Mason January 20, 2020 at 2:41 am

    A real kid could actually need that money

  • Reply Addie Kilgore January 20, 2020 at 2:45 am

    If anyone’s interested in more about this topic inside edition covered the entire story

  • Reply Ciko Tan January 20, 2020 at 3:02 am

    When you pause at 3:08 it look like the mother wants to sacrifice his smiling husband to two brothers

  • Reply Luv Universe January 20, 2020 at 3:14 am

    Infographics should do an episode about the tragedy of Chris Benoit

  • Reply i Skrrrt January 20, 2020 at 3:37 am

    How about what would happen if no one worked for 24 hours (the whole world)

  • Reply Not Me January 20, 2020 at 3:53 am

    Uhhh can we not just walk past the fact the boys girlfriend is also the boys sister in the animations

  • Reply CoolUserName January 20, 2020 at 4:29 am

    So the psychologist and Eric's mistress had a thing going on?

  • Reply Ana Banana January 20, 2020 at 4:55 am

    simple because as kids we expect our mom to protect us not look the other way, push us in front of the bus or use us as a shield so when mom didn't do anything except look the other way pretend nothing happened, the brothers killed her. shot to the face is sort of poetic justice???

  • Reply 666bmorescrewed January 20, 2020 at 5:07 am

    LET THEM GO IT HAPPENED YRS AGO AND THEY ARE TELLING THE TRUTH I BELIEVE THEIR PARENTS ABUSED THEM

  • Reply CRIMMIE January 20, 2020 at 5:26 am

    skip to the end and press replay. Itll drop all the adds

  • Reply Flamsterette January 20, 2020 at 5:44 am

    I knew what this was about before I clicked on the video.

  • Reply The Challengers January 20, 2020 at 6:11 am

    That was on my birthday

    Like for rip

  • Reply David P January 20, 2020 at 6:20 am

    0:37 Everyone is smiling just before the shots ring out. That's…creepy.

  • Reply Klawdust January 20, 2020 at 6:30 am

    I feel like ruining my day and finding out who narrates these video brb

  • Reply Gabby179 Evo January 20, 2020 at 6:32 am

    Hmm f**k!

  • Reply Spiral modding January 20, 2020 at 6:45 am

    so that justify killing their parents O_O…sure sure…what world do they live in P_P

  • Reply Stan User January 20, 2020 at 7:22 am

    In conclusion: no

  • Reply H4 L3NT January 20, 2020 at 7:23 am

    Spoiled rich kids parenting never ends well

  • Reply D Libby January 20, 2020 at 7:28 am

    There was a case very similar in the UK that happened in the 70s. the two boys were abused by their mom who handed them around also. They lived in the rich farm areas in a big house. The father wasnt involved tho but cruel anyway. They never killed her tho as she died of old age.

  • Reply Valle January 20, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Yes

  • Reply a friend January 20, 2020 at 7:37 am

    15 years if there story ts true.

  • Reply Craig Richard January 20, 2020 at 8:04 am

    I definitely think they were abused for sure. You can’t fake that big throbbing vein popping out of their forehead while discussing the abuse.

  • Reply Brendondotexe January 20, 2020 at 8:22 am

    The only educational channel I love

  • Reply stenbak88 January 20, 2020 at 9:37 am

    I believe them

  • Reply Tammy Elizabeth January 20, 2020 at 9:40 am

    They had PTSD from child abuse, and if this happened today, they may not have seen jail time ( or not as long )

  • Reply Γοογλε Πλει January 20, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Worst things happens at villages by poor people but noone kills his/her parents.

  • Reply Andrew Dobbs January 20, 2020 at 10:12 am

    the dot placement for San Diego is in LA county…

  • Reply V. Emil the II-nd January 20, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Pannacota Fugo wants to know your location

  • Reply M3NG January 20, 2020 at 11:03 am

    It’s the Sith way, the apprentice has to….wait…

    Ight imma head out…

  • Reply David Holland January 20, 2020 at 11:06 am

    An add right at the start, then another add after 2.29 minutes. Really. Why not just make it 100% of adds!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Non-Provit 100% January 20, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Two bros: we murdered our parents arrest us pls

    Infographics: HMM are they innocent 🤔??!!??

  • Reply Escanor January 20, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    I disagree money can buy happiness, just for for everyone.

  • Reply Hurricane Godzilla January 20, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Do u versus granny ♥️

  • Reply Filthy Greedy YouTube Executive January 20, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    So sad

  • Reply Filthy Greedy YouTube Executive January 20, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    They would’ve had to reload tho

  • Reply David Chimezie January 20, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    I like videos like this keep it up!

  • Reply Ashton Loughlin January 20, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    400 comment

  • Reply Sun Kim January 20, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Hey can u make a video about Admiral yi sun shin a guy who defeated 133 ship against 12 ship without loosing one ship bc he desreve to be in your video thank you.

  • Reply amukia January 20, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    the narrator is the first american ever, that said porsche right.

  • Reply Jordan Conerly January 20, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Yall should cover the Casey Anthony case next.

  • Reply Phil Causey January 20, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    guilty yes but the charge should have been a manslaughter charge

  • Reply Aaron Bell January 20, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Skip to the end and click repeat for no ads

  • Reply mac23806 January 20, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Wow this is unbelievable

  • Reply Izzan Llorente January 20, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    5:36 I am the SENATE

  • Reply Ryuk Lannister January 20, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    They should be in prison. There’s thousands of people in jail right now that are actually innocent. They deserve what they got.

  • Reply Tanex January 20, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    haha should they be in prison? Sir are you mentally stable?

  • Reply Neil Murphy January 20, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    How could you do that to your parents

  • Reply Elijah Kang January 20, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Every time I see an inforgraphics thumbnail I say this has to be clickbait but then after I watching it I am amazed

  • Reply Jack Hutton January 20, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    How about you vs Indiana Jones

  • Reply Marvin Laureles January 20, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Their defence is their dad is molesting them and their parent didn't do nothing

  • Reply DarkScorpionOmega January 20, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Now, remember if this was someone of different ethnicity and not wealth, they would have never gotten this far we wouldn't even know about them. If you can muster the nerve to commit a crime you should be able to muster the nerve and deal with the situation the right way

  • Reply Jose Herrera January 20, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    how can i deafeat jack jack from incredibles

  • Reply MBstu January 20, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Love the vids been a long time subscriber

  • Reply Sedd January 20, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    It’s not whether or not they did it. It’s whether WHY they did it is true or not.

  • Reply GREEN MAN January 20, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    atleast the parents died happy, just look at their smiles

  • Reply mindy tenerias January 20, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Read the title and knew it was the Menendez brothers

  • Reply Solid Gibbon January 20, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    They should do a:
    What happens when you visit Chernobyl with their favorite lab rat

  • Reply 🔴Warped🔴 January 20, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    "We should have kids…they will take care of us when we get older" they said….☠

  • Reply mew SP_on23567 January 20, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    "and she delievered an oratory that was like something out of shakespeare"
    judge: so you claim they were molested?
    attorney: what? you egg.

  • Reply Kvgnx January 20, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    A lot of detailed is left out in the abuse part (for a reason ofc) but its really sad.

  • Reply Carmen Alvarez January 21, 2020 at 12:19 am

    Do a video on the Millbrook twins they are missing since 1990s.

  • Reply Acesiz Official January 21, 2020 at 12:22 am

    Crazy

  • Reply Josh Abatecola January 21, 2020 at 3:29 am

    I gotta say that title does sound silly. Idk I'll come back and watch this later

  • Reply Lance Edwards January 21, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Yea but it if it was two little GIRLS then there would never be any doubt at all.

  • Reply MysticMetaKnight January 21, 2020 at 5:28 am

    I mean, you willingly confess to murdering your own parents, outside of a situation of self-defense ( in this context two young men with rifles against two otherwise unequipped adults cannot constitutes self-defense, especially with the amount of shots taken)? Than yeah, you deserve to be in prison. I'd perhaps exercise more sympathy if they didn't try to cover up the crime in the first place.

  • Reply Noob Squad January 21, 2020 at 5:41 am

    I say that the lawyer and the sympathizers of those two should join them in prison.

  • Reply Bidmartinlo January 21, 2020 at 6:23 am

    It's one thing to have evil thoughts, another to act upon and plan with those same evil thoughts. That is not normal.

  • Reply Ottozo January 21, 2020 at 6:55 am

    Just like me and my 32 different foster parents.

  • Reply Owen Johnson January 21, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Hmmmm. Interesting

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