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Random Thoughts: The farmers and the trespasser, part 3


August 7, 2020

In 1967 Marvin Katko broke into an abandoned farmhouse in the small town of Eddyville, Iowa. During the course of the burglary, he was wounded when a shotgun rigged as a booby trap fired its pellets into his legs.

The owners of the structure containing the gun (and the land on which the farmhouse sat) were Edward and Bertha Briney, a married couple who had lived on their 120-acre farm for years.

Katko was no youngster committing a harmless prank. Instead, he was 28 years old, was married, and worked at his family’s gas station.

This was also not the first time that Katko had done someth...

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