Showing posts with label Murder. Show all posts
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May 14, 2020

Finally An Arrest on The Murder of A Gay Student, Scott Johnson (1988) in Australia

Australian police have charged a man with the decades-old murder of a gay US student in Sydney.
The body of Scott Johnson, 27, was found at the bottom of beach cliffs in 1988. Police ruled it a suicide.
However, later inquiries concluded he had been killed in a hate crime. This also drew attention to other cases of homophobic killings around Sydney's beaches in the 1980s.
Scott Price, 49, was arrested at his Sydney home on Tuesday.
He was refused bail and will face a court on Wednesday.

Detectives escort man arrested in Sydney over 1988 murder of US student Scott JohnsonImage copyrightNSW POLICE
Image captionPolice arrested Scott Price after a lengthy investigation

The New South Wales police chief said it was a "career highlight" to call Scott Johnson's brother, Steve, who lives in the US, to inform him of the arrest. 
The police force has previously apologised to the family for not investigating the case properly in the 1980s and failing to protect the gay community.
"While we have a long way to go in the legal process, it must be acknowledged that if it wasn't for the determination of the Johnson family... we wouldn't be where we are today," Commissioner Mick Fuller said.

'He needed me to do this'

Scott, a gifted University of Cambridge maths student, had moved from the US to Sydney to be with his partner in 1986.
He had been close to completing his PhD when he was found dead at the bottom of the North Head cliffs in Manly.
His brother Steve campaigned for decades for the case to be re-investigated. He told the BBC in 2018 it was "inconceivable" that his brother had jumped off a cliff. 
"This is a very emotional day," he said in a video message on Tuesday.
"He was my best friend and he really needed me to do this."

Steve JohnsonImage copyrightNSW POLICE
Image captionSteve Johnson said the arrest was "great news" after 32 years of fighting for answers

Family petitions sparked coroner investigations in 2012 and 2015 which both recommended police reopen the case.
However no action was taken until a third inquiry in 2017 where the coroner found Scott had died as a result of a gay hate crime. Police offered a A$1m (£570,000; $645,000) cash reward in 2018 for information about the case.
Two months ago the family doubled the reward to A$2m.
It's now estimated up to 80 gay men were murdered by homophobic gangs in and around Sydney in the late 1980s - with many pushed off cliffs.
Mr Johnson said he hoped the arrest "opens the door" for others to receive justice.
"I hope the family and friends of the other dozens of gay men who lost their lives find solace in what's happened today," he said.

March 14, 2020

The Police Say in Sydney They Might Have A Suspect On The Murder of Gay 31 Y.O. Scott Johnson

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I want to publish this posting again. Ive seen a movie made on this murder and I have been posting on it as soon as I heard something from Austrralia on the 0ver 10 years I have been posting on this blog.. MY first posting was showing the cliff in Sydney in which gays felt the privacy and liberty to put on their briefs or even naked go down to the beach and sun in the afternoon sun. They did the same on top of the hil. There you had some cruising because you had grass and sand, which somehow turn many of us I remember my days in Ft. Laudedale on the Hollywood beach. The last time I went they had gunpacking park police everywhere and they were not shy to say your shorts were too short. 

This was 2002. After 9/11. What I could not figure out is why Park police had a saying how you lay in private by the beach. After 9/11 they gave them the same powers as police. This was one of the decission that Mayor Rudy Giulliani, now a law braker with Trump himself. Nudity is one thing but having skimpy shorts? Iam sorry there was this guy that turns your head around and you know you do his but then loose track.  He called while I was in the moving truck towards New York City. He should have called before, I didn't call afraid to turn him down on a get together call. I wa so bussy getting my move together, it was not a simple thing but I need a book for that. May be if he called I could explain.  I lost coverage in NY and had to switch from ATT which I loved in Fl., to another carrier. I lost most of my list of calls and I lost his and he lost mine. That is life! But is one of those things you wish you could have done better.

These are things you do when you are single and I nor Steve Johnson deserve to be beaten up by the police or friends of the police because we are not straight. We do nothing different from the straight world but our world is spot-lighted as people that deserve death. 
Iam glad the family have stayed on this and now the police say they are working on it , no a suicide as reported, And might have one suspect. Actually it took more than one person to hide this murder. The police and the Australian media Particularly in Sydney are culpable of this.

Adam Gonzalez, Publisher

Homicide detectives are a step closer to solving the 1988 suspected gay-hate killing of Scott Johnson, with the chief police investigator confirming the search was now focused on one individual.

Mr Johnson's naked body was found at the base of a cliff near North Head on Sydney's northern beaches in December 1988.

Steve Johnson, left, and Detective Chief Inspector Peter Yeomans in 2018 on the cliff at North Head, the site of Scott Johnson's death.
Steve Johnson, left, and Detective Chief Inspector Peter Yeomans in 2018 on the cliff at North Head, the site of Scott Johnson's death.
 Steve Johnson, left, and Detective Chief Inspector Peter Yeomans in 2018 on the cliff at North Head, the site of Scott Johnson's death.CREDIT:JESSICA HROMAS

Police initially concluded the 31-year-old US mathematician had died by suicide, but a 2017 coronial inquest found he had most likely been the victim of a "gay-hate attack".

More than 30 years after the first bungled police investigation into Mr Johnson's death, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Yeomans has confirmed the investigation had narrowed on a "particular individual". 

The last family photo of Scott Johnson.
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The last family photo of Scott Johnson.CREDIT:NSW POLICE

It comes after the NSW government raised a $100,000 reward for information to $1 million in 2018. The amount was then increased to $2 million on Tuesday when Mr Johnson's brother Steve agreed to match it.

"Since the reward was increased in December 2018, we have received an incredible amount of information from the community ... [and] we identified and revisited information relating to people who were known to have a specific bias around the time of Scott’s death," Chief Inspector Yeomans said.

He added that "there may have been bragging" about the events surrounding Mr Johnson's death.

"This has led us to some very specific lines of inquiry, with our current focus on a particular individual."

After campaigning for more than 30 years for justice after his brother's alleged murder, Steve Johnson said it was a "revelation". 
"This is the first time they have ever said that. It was very emotional, to tell you the truth," he said.

"To go for so long with an intransigent police force, totally uninterested in investigating my brother's death as a homicide, to a team clearly dedicated to solving it. And then to learn they are this close to solving it ... it leaves me hopeful and emotional."

An initial investigation in 1988 by the Manly Local Area Command found no suggestion of foul play in regard to Mr Johnson's death, before an inquest in 1989 determined that he had died by suicide.

On Tuesday, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the original investigation was a reflection of "broken" community attitudes at the time when homosexuals were wrongly seen as "second-class citizens". 

After 30 years of waiting, NSW police are pursuing justice for my brother
"We're not proud of our history," Commissioner Fuller said of a number of police investigations linked to suspicious deaths in Sydney between 1976 and 2000, a third of which have since been found to have resulted from suspected or confirmed gay-hate bias.

Steve Johnson said it first became clear in February that investigators were making progress, although at the time he had "no idea they were focused on a certain person of interest."

"I asked what I could do to help ... that's when I proposed that I be the one to raise the reward to $2 million. I thought it was important to do that right now because they seemed to be on the brink of a breakthrough, so I thought I could give it one big push," he said.

"In my phone calls with DCI Yeomans over the last two months they became progressively more hopeful. These calls used to end with, 'Please don't get your hopes up.' They've stopped telling me that.

"Police are serious about solving this case. I would urge anyone with more information to please call Crime Stoppers."

 By Lucy Cormack on Sydney Morning Herald

August 30, 2019

Second Homicide At Virginia Veterans Hospital, Dying is One Thing But To be Murdered At Your Hospital?

"Even our Vet Hospitals are becoming Russia like"

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The widow of a veteran who died under suspicious circumstances at a West Virginia Veteran Affairs hospital last year told NPR an autopsy report found the 81-year-old died of unnecessary insulin injection. It is the second confirmed homicide in a string of deaths at the facility that is being investigated. 
The widow, Norma Shaw, referred further questions to her lawyer, David Glover. He said the body of George Nelson Shaw Sr. was exhumed in January. Shortly afterward, he said, the family received an autopsy from an Armed Forces medical examiner "that talked about a severe hypoglycemic event."
"It listed the cause of death as insulin administration," Glover said, adding that while Shaw had other ailments, he was not diabetic. 
Insulin can cause hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, in non-diabetics and can be deadly. 
The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Veteran Affairs confirmed on Tuesday officials are investigating several suspicious deaths at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. 
In a statement, the Inspector General's office said it has been working with federal law enforcement partners "to investigate the allegations of potential wrongdoing resulting in inpatient deaths." It did not specify the number of deaths that are being reviewed nor the time frame of the fatalities.  
The announcement of the ongoing investigations comes after a wrongful death claim was filed with the VA last week, regarding the death of retired Army Sgt. Felix Kirk McDermott. An autopsy of the 82-year-old who died on April 2018 showed McDermott received "one massive insulin injection" that killed him within a matter of hours, the family's attorney Tony O'Dell told NPR. 
The complaint filed by O'Dell alleges the Inspector General's office is investigating up to 10 other cases in which veteran patients died of hypoglycemia caused by insulin injections. Over the past week, he said, he's been contacted by multiple families seeking answers to unexplained hypoglycemic deaths dating as far back as June of 2017. 
"Whenever there's an unexplained death or a suspicious death, the hospital has to report it and they go through a process looking for the root cause," O'Dell explained. "The fact that that did not happen here tells you that there was a complete system failure at this hospital," he said. 
Officials at the medical center said in an emailed statement that the allegations of potential misconduct do not involve "current" employees. 
The VA has yet to publicly identify any person of interest. 
Reports of the suspicious deaths have drawn ire from the public and politicians, including U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito who were informed of the investigations several weeks ago. 
In a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and Inspector General Michael Missal on Tuesday, Manchin, who sits on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, urged them to "quickly complete" the investigations into the potential homicides. 
"I also ask you to contact grieving family members and share as much information as you can with them." he wrote, adding that as of this morning he had heard from seven families seeking information into the deaths of their loved ones. 
Manchin also expressed frustration with the lack of communication and transparency from either office regarding the investigations. 
"Let us not forget that there are Veterans families who are in grief because of this terrible situation," he said. 
Emily Allen from West Virginia Public Broadcasting contributed to this story.

June 14, 2019

A Man Caught and Charged With The Murder of Transgender Muhlaysia Booker in Dallas

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 On left Kendrell Lyles on right his allegedly his victim Ms. Booker
         The BBC reports:

 That a man has been charged with murder following the fatal shooting of transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker last month, police in Dallas, Texas say.
Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 34, has also been charged with the murders of two other people, officials said.
Ms Booker's killing caused an outcry and highlighted the issue of violence faced by transgender people in the US.
Weeks earlier, she was assaulted during a traffic accident and video of the incident was shared on social media.
In a statement, Dallas police said Mr Lyles was charged with Ms Booker's murder after he was arrested on 5 June in connection with the other two killings.
The first was the fatal shooting of a woman in Dallas on 22 May and the second was the killing of a man in a drugs-related incident a day later. The victims have not been named. Neither was transgender, the Washington Post quoted police as saying
Investigators said that, during the course of investigating these two cases, detectives noticed that Mr Lyles drove the same type of car believed to have picked up Muhlaysia Booker on 18 May - the day she was found dead. 
Mobile phone analysis indicated he had been in the area where she was picked up as well as at the scene of her murder, the police statement said.
"Muhlaysia Booker was last seen getting into a light coloured Lincoln LS, which is the same type of car driven by suspect Lyles," the statement said, adding: "Thus far... Lyles has been charged with three counts of murder. 
Police have not suggested a motive for the killings. 
Detectives said Mr Lyles was also a "person of interest" in the death of 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey, a transgender woman whose body was found floating in a Dallas lake on 1 June, the Washington Post reported.
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Image captionChynal Lindsey's body was found in a lake in north-eastern Dallas

What's the background?

Police had earlier said there was no evidence linking the death of 23-year-old Ms Booker to Edward Thomas, a 29-year-old man charged with assaulting her in April.
During that incident, Ms Booker had said she backed into another vehicle while reversing out of a parking space. The driver allegedly pointed a gun at her and refused to let her leave unless she paid for the damage.
As a crowd gathered around, police say one onlooker, Mr Thomas, was offered money to beat Ms Booker.
A video of the incident showed a man putting on gloves and punching her repeatedly, giving her a concussion and a broken wrist.
Mr Thomas was charged with aggravated assault, but denies using homophobic language during the attack.
A second person was arrested for kicking Ms Booker in the face but has not been charged.
Figures show that transgender people, particularly trans women of colour, are disproportionately likely to be the victims of violent attacks in the US.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) said that at least 26 trans people were killed across the US last year - the majority of whom were African-American trans women.
Its report said that "some of these cases involve clear anti-transgender bias", for example, where the perpetrator may have used transphobic language.

June 9, 2019

18 Yr. Old Targeted LGBT in Detroit Killing 3, Caught and Charged with First Degree Murder

Devon Robinson, 18, was charged with first-degree murder in the killings of three people in Detroit, officials said.CreditCreditWayne County Prosecutor's Office

An 18-year-old man who was targeting members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community was charged with first-degree murder in the killings of three people in a Detroit home, the authorities said.

Officials said the man, Devon Robinson, shot the victims — two of whom were gay and one who was a transgender woman — on May 25. An investigation by the Detroit police led to his arrest on Thursday, prosecutors said in a statement.

Officials said Mr. Robinson also shot two other people who survived their injuries. Maria Miller, an assistant prosecutor, said on Saturday that a motive would be revealed at a trial.

“It is alleged that these victims were targeted and killed because they were part of the L.G.B.T.Q. community,” she said. 

Officials identified those killed as Timothy Blancher, 20, and Alunte Davis, 21, who were gay, and Paris Cameron, 20, a transgender woman.

It was unclear whether Mr. Robinson knew the victims or had any previous interactions with them. It was also unknown if there was any relationship among the victims or if those who were injured were gay or transgender.

“The alleged actions of this defendant are disturbing on so many levels, but the fact that this happened during Pride Month adds salt into the wound,” Kym Worthy, the Wayne County prosecutor, said in a statement.

Alanna Maguire, president of the Fair Michigan Foundation, said, “This case illustrates the mortal danger faced by members of Detroit’s L.G.B.T.Q. community, including transgender women of color.”

The foundation’s Fair Michigan Justice Project promotes civil rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people in Michigan and works with law enforcement to help solve crimes against them.
Mr. Robinson was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of assault with intent to murder and five counts of the use of a firearm in connection with a felony.

He was being held in jail and was scheduled to appear in court on June 21. It was not immediately clear on Saturday whether he had a lawyer.

February 5, 2019

70 yr Vladimir and His Gay Life Time Partner of 64 Nikolai Were Found Murdered in Their Home_Russian Town Shrugs It Off

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A playground in the town of Ilsky

In a special report for Novaya Gazeta, correspondent Elena Kostyuchenko traveled to the town of Ilsky in Russia’s Krasnodar Krai to learn about the murder of an elderly gay couple. She found a community where homophobia is so common and accepted that many locals don't even hide their relief to be rid of two men who enjoyed a loving relationship. Meduza summarizes Kostyuchenko's report below. 
On January 10, neighbors reluctantly checked in on 70-year-old Vladimir Dubentsov and 64-year-old Nikolai Galdin and discovered their bodies. People in Ilsky repeatedly asked Novaya Gazeta correspondent Elena Kostyuchenko not to name them in her story — not because they were ashamed of how these two men were harassed or even murdered, but because they were embarrassed that a gay couple lived in their town at all.
Many in Ilsky don’t conceal their hatred of Dubentsov and Galdin, and complained to Kostyuchenko that the couple was openly gay. Starting roughly five years ago, the two men started feuding with neighbors, and local youths began tormenting and abusing them. The trouble apparently intensified when Dubentsov started lobbying the local government for priority housing that many in the community felt he didn’t deserve. He regularly called local officials, demanding the assistance and entitlements he was owed as the son of a World War II veteran (his mother served in the USSR’s brief naval war against Japan).
Dubentsov reportedly had a tense relationship with the local Cossacks, as well, who allegedly refused to let him join their May 9 Victory Day March as the son of a veteran, claiming that his homosexuality made him “less than a man.” The group’s leader, Ataman Viktor Pikalov, denies these rumors. Pikalov says he met Dubentsov twice: once to help him when his home flooded, and a second time when he asked for help being buried beside his mother. The Cossack elder even took Kostyuchenko to a former factory dormitory where some of the town’s gay men apparently live, in order to demonstrate his supposed benevolence toward the LGBTQ community.
While Kostyuchenko was in Ilsky, detectives told her that homophobia was the most likely motive for the double homicide. Police working the case had interviewed all the known gay men in town, and the senior investigator joked to Kostyuchenko that the murders might have been a crime of passion committed by a jealous lover. The victims had just received their pensions, but the killer left the money and everything else in the house. In connection with the case, police interrogated the neighbor’s son, Alexander Panteleenko — a 53-year-old unmarried, childless, nearly blind man, whose detention mortified his mother. When he was released after three days, Panteleenko’s biggest concern was that the town would think he is gay, like Dubentsov and Galdin.
After Kostyuchenko left Ilsky, police arrested 23-year-old Alexander Fet-Ogly for the murders. Previously incarcerated for burglary, Fet-Ogly has history with the local Cossacks: as a teenager, he traveled to Krymsk in 2012 with the group and helped with flood relief efforts. Fet-Ogly’s father was also a Cossack member. The young man was arrested a day before he was due to ship out for contract military service. He’s confessed to the killings, claiming that Dubentsov and Galdin made a pass at him while they were all drinking together, and he “defended himself.” “It seems he went a bit overboard,” the police told Kostyuchenko.
On January 13, Dubentsov’s remains were laid to rest next to his mother's grave. Galdin’s body is still at the town morgue, as officials search for his relatives. He won’t be buried beside his long-time partner.
Report by Novaya Gazeta's Elena Kostyuchenko
Summary by Kevin Rothrock

January 30, 2019

29 Yrs Old FL.Man Steals Fam $200k and Spends It On BulgarianCall Girl But When Gig Was Up He Killed the Fam.

Grant Amato made his first appearance in a Florida courtroom on Monday. (Image by WKMG News 6) (WKMG News 6 ClickOrlando)

Grant Amato had a problem and it was ripping his family apart.
Outside the walls of his family’s well-manicured home in a rural area northeast of Orlando, the 29-year-old could have been mistaken for another luckless young man surfing through a bad patch — lost his job, kicked out of school, living at home.
But inside the house, Amato was allegedly gobbling up whatever money he could steal. He lifted $150,000 from his parents, Chad and Margaret. His brother Cody lost $60,000; when that was gone, Amato allegedly stole his brother’s guns and sold them. Amato even allegedly took out a $65,000 loan on the house.
Amato flung all that money through his Internet connection, police say, where it landed more than 5,600 miles away in the Balkans. Since last June, he had been communicating with a Bulgarian woman — who has not been publicly identified. They met on Cam Girls, a live-streaming pornographic website. In three months, he had paid out more than $200,000 to interact with the woman. His family knew he had stolen the money, and they knew where it was going. His mom and dad demanded Amato enter rehab for a pornography addiction last December. Promises were made, a contract signed between parents and son. The family drama hit such an intense pitch that Cody confided to his girlfriend he was worried his brother “would kill everybody,” according to an arrest affidavit filed recently by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities now believe he did. On Friday morning, police discovered inside the family home the bodies of Chad, 59, Margaret, 61, and Cody, 31. All had been gunned down in what a police affidavit described as an “execution-style” shooting. Amato is now in police custody facing three first-degree murder charges. Police alleged his obsession with the girl across the Atlantic propelled Amato to violence.
“I think we have some mental health issues,” Jeffery Dowdy, the defendant’s attorney, told reporters this week, according to Orlando’s Fox 5. “A few months ago . . . he had checked himself into an Internet sex addiction facility in Fort Lauderdale. He had walked off there.”  

 As Amato’s hours and money were beginning to be consumed with his overseas obsession last year, his life beyond the computer screen was also coming undone. 
On June 21, 2018, Amato was working as a registered nurse at AdventHealth Orlando. According to a police report, hospital staff discovered eight empty vials of propofol, a medication used as a sedative before surgery, in two rooms Amato was overseeing. No doctors had ordered the drugs, and records indicated Amato had taken them from a storage machine.
When confronted about the unauthorized drugs, Amato told hospital authorities “he administered the drug to patients who were not being adequately relaxed,” the police report stated. The hospital believed he had previously improperly administered propofol as well.
During the confrontation, Amato expressed suicidal thoughts, and the police were called. Officers arrested Amato and the hospital said it planned to prosecute, according to the police report, though public records do not indicate charges were ever filed. Amato’s brother’s girlfriend later told police he was then kicked out of anesthesiology school. 
Amato’s online relationship intensified, meanwhile, and he continued sending large sums of money overseas. The family, watching Amato’s online infatuation drain their bank accounts, reached a tipping point. According to the arrest affidavit, on Dec. 22, his father Chad called a family meeting, along with Margaret, Cody, and eldest son Jason. Chad told Amato that if he wished to stay at their house, he needed to enter a 60-day sex and pornography rehabilitation center in Fort Lauderdale.
He agreed to go, but walked away from the center before his treatment was complete on Jan. 4.
After returning home, his father presented Amato with a two-page list of rules he was required to follow if he wanted to live at home.
One of the conditions was that he cease all communication with the Bulgarian woman. According to the arrest affidavit, Amato would later explain to police that he agreed, “but he didn’t think they were fair because he felt that the Bulgarian female was his girlfriend and they had a relationship.”  
He continued, however, to communicate with the woman over Twitter, according to the arrest affidavit. Not much later, his father discovered the messaging was still ongoing. On Thursday, the family again confronted Amato, telling him he had to get out of the house.
That night, Amato’s brother Cody was with his girlfriend when he received a call from his father asking Cody to come home. When the girlfriend asked what was wrong, he replied that it was “stupid” family nonsense, the arrest affidavit said. Later, she texted her boyfriend for a status update.
“[A]ll ok,” he wrote back.
But when Cody did not show up for work the next morning, the girlfriend called the police to check on the family.
Sheriff deputies arrived at the house at 9:17 a.m. Friday. No one answered the knocks. The windows and doors were all locked. Calls to the family members went unanswered. The deputies even blasted the cruiser’s air horn, but no one stirred inside. 
A deputy eventually slipped the deadbolt on the back door using a knife. Chad was lying on his back on the kitchen floor, blood pooling across the ground. Cody was curled into the fetal position on the floor of a storage room. Margaret was sprawled over the desk in her home office. All had been shot and a 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene.
Amato’s 1996 Honda Accord was missing from the house. Law enforcement put out a bulletin for the car, and the next day police tracked the Honda down to a DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Orlando. Approached by investigators, he agreed to sit for an interview. Amato described the family drama stemming from his relationship with the Bulgarian woman.
But he denied killing his family, instead claiming he left the house after his father confronted him about the Twitter messages. Later, Amato said he returned to the house and saw police and news vehicles outside the house. He claims he fled again. 
After showing Amato ghastly pictures of the crime scene — his father face up on the kitchen floor, his brother curled up in the storage, his mother spilled over her desk — investigators asked Amato is if he “had any remorse.” 
According to the arrest affidavit, his “response was his family had been blaming him for months for ruining their lives, stealing and not following the rules of the home, so he might as well be blamed for this too.” 
Court records indicate Amato will be formally arraigned on the charges on March 26. Authorities have not signaled whether the unnamed cam model is facing any charges related to the deaths.

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