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October 10, 2019
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October 3, 2019
In 1887, two female con artists created a “bank for ladies”, out of thin air, and successfully convinced some of the richest women in New York to give them thousands of dollars (over $1 million, in today’s money). This episode shares the story with you – told entirely in Whisper. ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST! Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute whatever you can. Hear a bonus Episode, for only $1.  There are extra rewards, for any donation of $5 or more! ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Lyons, Sophie, Why Crime Does Not Pay (book, 1913), at Chapter 4. Segrave, Kerry, Women Swindlers in America, 1860-1920 (book, 2007), pp. 128-135. Robb, George, Ladies of the Ticker: Women and Wall Street from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression (book, 2017). Eldridge, Benjamin & Watts, William, Our Rival, the Rascal: A Faithful Portrayal of the Conflict Between the Criminals of This Age and the Defenders of Society, the Police (book, 1897), pp. 373-375. ==== CLOSING THOUGHT: Source - attributed to humorist Damon Runyon.  Sophie Lyon's book was titled: Why Crime Does Not Pay. ==== Episode includes Whispered recommendations for these podcasts: Naptime Nancy - True Crime Podcast.  Active Shooter: The Podcast.  ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue @KitCaren
September 10, 2019
The true story of the "missing person" Rudolph Fentz. Listen, to hear the facts (and fiction) of this case, which has swirled with controversy, for decades.   This episode shares the story with you – told entirely in Whisper. ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST! Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute whatever you can. Hear a bonus Episode, for only $1.   There are extra rewards, for any donation of $5 or more! ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Finney, Jack, I'm Scared, Collier's Magazine,  September 15, 1951. pp. 24-25 & 78-81. Clock Runs Out On Long-Told Story of Time Traveler, Akron Beacon Journal (August 12, 2002). Berry, C.R., The Curious Case of Rudolph Fentz, Time Travel Nexus (website, December 19, 2017). Rudolph Fentz, Accidental Time Traveler The Strange Case of Rudolph Fentz, Cool Interesting Stuff (website, January 26, 2013). The Stunning True Story Of Time Traveler Rudolph Fentz, Anomalien (website, October 3, 2018). Rudolph Fentz, Wikipedia  webpage (2012). Museum of Hoaxes (website, August 20, 2002). ==== CLOSING THOUGHT: Source -  (excerpt from) Finney, Jack, I'm Scared, Collier's Magazine,  September 15, 1951. pp. 24-25 & 78-81.   ==== Episode includes Whispered recommendations for these podcasts: The Unseen True Crime Historian ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue @KitCaren
August 25, 2019
YES! The answers to ALL of your questions! What is going on, with the podcast?!   When is the next episode?!    Listen, and find out !!  Spoken in Whisper. ==== PLEASE BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST! Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute whatever you can. Even $1 would be hugely appreciated.   There are rewards for any donation! ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue  
June 30, 2019
In 1989, Adam Hecht, the son of a wealthy Hollywood movie and TV producer, suddenly vanished without a trace. He has not been seen, ever since. This episode shares the story with you – told entirely in Whisper.   ==== PLEASE BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST!  Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute whatever you can.  Even $1 would be hugely appreciated.   There are rewards for any donation!  ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The Mysterious Disappearance of Adam Hecht, Unsolved Mysteries (tv show, segment, October 17, 1990). Adam Hecht, Unsolved.com (website, 2014; summary of “Unsolved Mysteries” segment on Hecht). Adam Hecht, Unsolved Mysteries Wiki page The Suspicious Vanishing of Adam Hecht, Misdeeds and Mysteries (web page, 2018) Adam Hecht, Websleuths (web page, 2006) Adam Arthur Hecht, File # 568DMCA, The Doe Network (web page, 2018)  Adam Hecht: Searching for Answers, Lost & Found Blog (2019) The Bizarre Disappearance of Adam Hecht, Scarlett Mars channel (YouTube video, 2018) The Disappearance of Adam Arthur Hecht / Peculiar Occurrences, LiLith Nova channel (YouTube video, 2019).  Chesterton, G.K., The Flying Stars (1910); also: free online version.      ==== CLOSING THOUGHT:   Source -  (excerpt from) Chandler, Raymond, Twelve Notes on the Mystery Story (1949), as reprinted in the Bad Language blog, September 15, 2010; originally published in The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler (1976). ==== Episode includes Whispered recommendations for: The Spooky Adventures of Alec and Sam podcast Blood on the Rocks podcast. ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN  E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue     
May 31, 2019
In the year 1900, Charles Morse, a wealthy businessman, was able to get a monopoly on the sale of ice in New York City. He then doubled the price, which put ice out of reach, for tens of thousands of people, who had no other way to keep their food fresh, and their beverages cold. The resulting public uproar shook every corner of the city, and shattered the monopoly.      ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Murphy, Cait, Scoundrels In Law (2010), at  pp. 223-228 (a detailed description of the ice conspiracy).  Dictionary of American Biography (1934), Vol. XIII, at pp. 239-241 (biography of Charles Morse). Bruner, Robert and Carr, Sean, The Panic of 1907. (2007), pp. 39-40 (general background of Charles Morse). The Panic of 1907 and the Maine Man Who Caused It, New England Historical Society (article regarding Charles Morse, webpage, 2017). Obituary: Charles W. Morse, Dead. Ex-New Yorker, Who Controlled 13 Banks, Is a Victim of Pneumonia, The New York Times, January 13, 1933). Chandler, Raymond, Red Harvest (novel, 1938). ==== CLOSING THOUGHT:   Source - Frost, Robert, Fire and Ice (poem, 1920). ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST!  Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute whatever you can.  Even $1 would be hugely appreciated.   There are rewards for any donation!  ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN  E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue     
May 18, 2019
On December 1, 1946, in Bennington, Vermont, college student Paul Jean Welden, 18, went for a walk on a hiking trail, to relax, after a long day. She was never seen again.  ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Robinson, Rebecca, After 60 Years, Student's Fate Remains A Legendary Mystery, Bennington Banner, December 1, 2006. The Disappearance of Paula Jean Welden, Historic Mysteries (webpage, 2017). Vanished: The Unsolved Disappearance of Paula Jean Welden, The Line-Up (webpage, July 6, 2016). Paula Jean Welden and the Birth of the Vermont State Police, New England Historical Society (webpage, 2016). Dooling, Michael C., Clueless in New England: The Unsolved Disappearances of Paula Welden, Connie Smith, and Katherine Hull (book, 2010).     Ryan, Stephanie L., Author: Welden May Have Fallen Victim To Serial Killer, Berkshire Eagle (July 4, 2010; interview with Michael Dooling). Bovson, Mara, No 'Body' Knows What Happened To Girls Who Vanished Near Vermont Mountains, New York Daily News (April 16, 2016).    Paula Jean Welden, The Charley Project (webpage, created 2004; late updated  2013). Paula Jean Welden, The Doe Network (webpage, 2011; late updated  2013). Ryan, Erin Kate, Many Deaths of Paula Jean Welden, Conjunctions (blog post, November 11, 2014; poetic commentary on the rumors and falsehoods surrounding the mystery of the disappearance of Paula Jean Welden).   ==== CLOSING THOUGHT Source:  attributed to Rebecca McNutt, author of the novel Smog City (2015), and several other books; unfortunately, was unable to find the exact source for this (alleged?) quote.    ==== Episode includes Whispered Promos for: A Date With Dateline Best Forevers ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST!  Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute whatever you can.  Even $1 would be hugely appreciated.   There are rewards for any donation!  ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN  E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue
May 1, 2019
In August 1921, Father James Coyle, a Catholic priest, was shot and killed by a Methodist minister, in Birmingham, Alabama, in a fit of red-hot rage, immediately after he learned that his 18 year old daughter, Ruth Stephenson, had secretly converted to the Catholic Church, and then married a Puerto Rican man named Pedro Gusman -- and that Father Coyle had performed the wedding ceremony.       This episode shares the story with you – told entirely in Whisper.  ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Davies, Sharon, Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race, and Religion in America (2010). The Story of Fr James Coyle, The Community of Drum [Ireland] (2010). Methodist Church Service Asks Forgiveness For Priest's Murder 91 Years Ago, Catholic News Service (May 22, 2012). Davies, Sharon, Tragedy in Birmingham: Remembering the 1921 Slaying of Father James E. Coyle, Columbia Magazine (March 2010). Schrantz, Joe, The Reverend's Revenge (novelization, 2004).  Chesterton, G.K., The Catholic Church and Conversion (book, 1926). Father James E. Coyle Memorial Project (website).  Father James E. Coyle Find-A-Grave Memorial Page Edwin Roscoe Stephenson Find-A-Grave Memorial Page Rose (Stephenson) Lamka Find-A-Grave Memorial Page Pedro Gusman Find-A-Grave Memorial Page ==== CLOSING THOUGHT Source: Chesterton, G.K., Manalive (book, 1912), paraphrase of sentence on page 227.  ==== Episode includes Whispered Promos for: Dining In The Void Fataliteas   ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST!  Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute whatever you can.  Even $1 would be hugely appreciated.   There are rewards for any donation!  ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN  E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue
March 26, 2019
One of the most perplexing and peculiar mysteries in history: 17 tiny coffins, with a wooden body in each, were found inside of a small cave, in Scotland, in 1836. Wait. What?! This episode shares the story with you – told entirely in whisper. ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES Fort, Charles, The Book of the Damned (1909; reprint 2006), at pages 198-99. Dash, Mike, Edinburgh’s Mysterious Miniature Coffins, Smithsonian Magazine, April 2013). Meier, Alison C., The Enigma of Edinburgh’s Miniature Coffins,, Mental Floss (website; March 2, 2018). Sullivan, Kerry, Witchcraft? Tributes to Murder Victims? The Uncertain Origins of 17 Miniature Coffins in Scotland, Ancient Origins (website; February 17, 2017). The Mystery of the Miniature Coffins: The XVII, The National Museum of Scotland. Harrison, Jody, Edinburgh Coffin-Doll Mystery 'Cracked At Last', Claims Writer,, The Herald-Scotland (news article; April 16, 2018). Murphy, Sean, Author Claims To Have Solved Edinburgh Coffin-Doll Mystery, The Scotsman (news article; April 18, 2018). ==== CLOSING THOUGHT Source: (paraphrase of quote) Chesterton, G.K., William Blake, (book, 1910), at Chapter XV contained in The G.K. Chesterton Collection: 50 Books (Kindle; 2014). For context, including original quote, see: Alquist, Dale, Chesterton Lecture 18: William Blake, American Chesterton Society. ==== Episode includes Promos for: Crime Crazy The Short Stories of Augie Peterson ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST! Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute what you can. Even $1 is a huge help. ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue @KitCaren This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
March 4, 2019
In January 2003, Linda Andersen was murdered by drowning, in her bathtub, by her two teen-age daughters -- who almost got away with it. This episode shares the story with you – told entirely in whisper. ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The Murder of Linda Andersen, Alchetron (online encyclopedia) (January 16, 2009). The Daughters Who Killed Their Mother by Drowning, Bizarrepedia (July 12, 2015). Chambers, Thomas F., The Class Project: How to Kill a Mother (book) (January 9, 2009). Mitchell, Bob 'Bathtub' murderer wants to get on with her life, The [Toronto] Star (April 2, 2008). Mitchell, Bob 'Bathtub Girl' still lies and manipulates, therapist tells court, [Toronto] Star (March 10, 2009). Woman, 20, who helped sister drown mother 'wants to make amends, New Glasgow News (December 30, 2009). * From murder to law school: story of Ontario sisters who drowned mom* Toronto City News (April 9, 2014). Do You Know the True Story Behind Perfect Sisters?, Enkivillage (2016). What are the real names of the 2 sisters that drowned their mother in canada?, Yahoo Answers (2015). The Murder of Linda Andersen, Wikipedia (2018). The Bathtub Killers & The Murder of Linda Anderson, Eleanor Neal - YouTube video (March 10, 2018). The Bathtub Girls: Murder of Linda Andersen, All Things Bri - YouTube (October 1, 2017). ==== CLOSING THOUGHT: Source: Chesterton, G.K., The Queer Feet (short story) (1910), included as Chapter 3 of The Innocence of Father Brown, (a compilation of Father Brown detective mystery stories). Note: Easy-reading online link: The Queer Feet, via Page by Page Books. ==== Episode includes Promos for: The Salty Canadian True Crime Podcast Targeted: Podcast True Crime Domestic Violence Podcast ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST! Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered
February 15, 2019
In 1958, U.S. Army Lt. Paul Whipkey drove away from his military base, to go into town - and was never seen again. This episode shares the story with you – told entirely in whisper. ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The Case of the Vanishing Lieutenant, Strange Company (August 28, 2017). Brother Still Pursues Mystery Of Army Pilot Who Vanished In 1958,, New York Times (May 24, 1983). Vanished: Servicemen's Families Demand More Answers, The Pittsburgh Press (June 14, 1983). Schamel, Charles E. (editor), Records Relating to American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action from the Vietnam War, National Archives & Records Administration (1996), pp. 88-89. Missing Persons: Lt. Paul Whipkey, (video of segment on 1991 Unsolved Mysteries TV show episode; posted February 11, 2019). The Mysterious Disapperance of Paul Whipkey, Unsolved Mysteries (2016). Lt. Paul Whipkey, Unsolved Mysteries Wiki Lt. Paul Byron Whipkey - Find A Grave Memorial Page (with photo of Whipkey, and his cemetary stone, atop his empty grave). ==== CLOSING THOUGHT: Source: Stoker, Bram, Dracula (1897)(2007 edition), p. 226. === Episode includes Promos for: Hidden Staircase Ignorance Was Bliss ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST! Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute what you can. Even $1 is a huge help. ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue @KitCaren This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
January 25, 2019
In February 1978, five young men went to a college basketball game, but instead of returning home, they ended up dead, on a cold mountainside, 70 miles away, in the opposite direction. This tragedy is shrouded in mystery, since it is unknown why they were there - and - their deaths make no sense. This episode shares the story with you – told entirely in whisper. ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Dawn, Crystal, The Yuba City 5: Detour to Death, Lost and Found (October 30, 2018). Disappearance of Gary Mathias, Wkipedia page (2018). Rossen, Jake, 'Bizarre as Hell': The Disappearance of the Yuba County Five, Mental Floss (March 16, 2018). Gable, Andrew & LeGro, Shannon The American Dyalotov Pass: A Questionable Mystery, Into The Fray (March 1, 2018). ==== CLOSING THOUGHT: Widely attributed to Dashiell Hammett (cited on many websites). Unfortunately, not currently able to verify the author, or the original source. Any information would be welcomed. ==== Episode includes Promos for: Good Nightmares Rusty Hinges ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST! Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute what you can. Even $1 is a huge help. ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue @KitCaren This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
January 11, 2019
The story of two brothers, Jesse and Stephen Boorn, who were convicted of a murder that they did not commit, in Vermont, 1819 -- and the wild story of how they eventually proved their innocence. The Boorn case is believed to be the first reported case of a wrongful conviction in the United States. This episode shares the story with you – told entirely in whisper. ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: McFarland, Gerald M., The Counterfeit Man: The True Story of the Boorn-Colvin Murder Case (1990). Moulton, Sherman R., The Boorn Mystery: An Episode from the Judicial Annals of Vermont, Vermont Historical Society (1937). Spargo, John, The Return of Russell Colvin, Historical Museum and Art Gallery of Bennington, Vermont, 1945. Borchard, Edwin M. & Lutz, Russell E., Convicting the Innocent: Sixty-Five Actual Errors of Criminal Justice (1932), Chapter 3: The Boorn Brothers ==== CLOSING THOUGHT: Source: McCarthy, Mary, On The Contrary (1962, reprint 2018), p. 79 ==== Episode includes Promos for: Crime Crazy The Ghostly Gals ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST! Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute what you can. Even $1 is a huge help. ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue @KitCaren This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
December 19, 2018
Christmas day, in a Prisoner of War camp, in Nazi Germany, 1944. This episode shares the story with you – told entirely in whisper. ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Guise, Kim, Kriegie Christmas, 1944 Henderson, Suzy, Christmas in Captivity ==== CLOSING THOUGHT Source: Goodrich, Richelle E., Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, and Grumblings for Every Day of the Year ==== Episode includes Promos for: True Crime Historian The Unseen ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST! Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute what you can. Even $1 is a huge help. ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue @KitCaren This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
November 21, 2018
Carol Wayne was an American television and film actress and comedian, who was very famous in the 1960s through the early 1980s, because of her numerous guest appearances on TV sitcoms -- usually in the stereotype role of a busty / sexy "dumb blonde" -- and also, on late night talk shows, and TV game shows. This episode tells the story of her career, and her extremely mysterious death in Mexico, in 1985 – told entirely in whisper. ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Carol Wayne – Internet Movie Database Page (list of TV and Film roles, and brief biography). Carol Wayne – Wikipedia Biography Actress Carol Wayne Drowns In Mexico (AP news bulletin, January 14, 1985). Actress Carol Wayne is Found Dead in Mexico (UPI news bulletin, January 14, 1985). Carol Wayne - Find A Grave Memorial Page The Mysterious Death of Carol Wayne Unexplained Mysteries - Forum; posted 2012). Carol Wayne: The Mysterious Death Of A Teenage Skating Sensation (published 2015). Diane Linkletter & Carol Wayne: The mystery surrounding their deaths(published 2015). Carol Wayne: Find-A-Death page The Death of Carol Wayne author: Billy Ingram (no publication stated on article page) YOU TUBE: Carol Wayne as The Matinee Lady on the Tonight Show October 2, 1973 Broadcast Date Unknown Broadcast Date Unknown Broadcast Date Unknown Carol Wayne interviewed on the Tonight Show: October 2, 1973 September 2, 1974 (a very awkward conversation between Carol Wayne and Doris Day). December 12, 1975 June 21, 1975 January 13, 1984 Carol Wayne, as guest star on Love, American Style: Love & The Executive Love & The Newscasters Carol Wayne, as guest star on C
November 4, 2018
A Murder! Moonlight! The President! And - You! This episode shares the story – told entirely in whisper. ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The Trial of William 'Duff' Armstrong ("Almanac Trial") Abraham Lincoln, the Almanac, and a Murder Trial Lincoln’s Most Famous Court Case: The Almanac Trial Gridley, J.N., Lincoln's Defense of Duff Armstrong: The Story of the Trial and the Almanac (1910). Duff Armstrong - Wikipedia William "Duff" Armstrong - Find A Grave Memorial Page Hill, Fredrick Trevor, Lincoln, The Lawyer (1912), and free Audiobook version (LibriVox). ==== CLOSING THOUGHT: Source: Rent to Own Magazine, March 2009 issue, p. 5. Falsely stated to be quotation of Thomas Jefferson. ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST! Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute what you can. Even $1 is a huge help. ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN E Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue @KitCaren This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
October 27, 2018
The strange story behind the story of an inmate in prison in Massachusetts, is revealed, in 1878, after a petition for a pardon is filed on his behalf, ten years after his conviction for the murder of a teen girl. This episode shares the story with you – told entirely in whisper. ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The Boston Sun, February 27, 1878. Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 8, 1878. ==== CLOSING THOUGHT Chesterton, G.K., The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904) Cosimo edition (2007), p. 10 ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST! Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute what you can. Even $1 is a huge help. ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue @KitCaren This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
October 12, 2018
In 1951, Ethel Rose Rogers was a student at Lousiana State University who was found dead from a gunshot in her dormitory room. According to the official ruling, her death was accidental. But, was it – really? Could it actually have been a homicide, or a suicide? This episode shares her story with you – entirely in whisper. ==== HISTORICAL REFERENCES The Monroe News-Star, November 4, 1951 (Monroe, Louisiana). The Greenwood Commonwealth, November 3, 1951 Greenwood, Mississippi. The Monroe News-Star, May 15, 1951 Ethel Rose Rogers-Find A Grave Memorial Page Just A Story (podcast), March 25, 2017. ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST! Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute what you can. Even $1 is a huge help. ==== HOW TO CONTACT THE HOST - KIT CAREN E-Mail: WhisperedTrueStories@gmail.com Twitter: @WhisperedTrue @KitCaren This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
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