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Crime History: Farmer's head split by ax in middle of night

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On this day, Dec. 2, in 1900, John Hossack, a successful Iowa farmer, was killed in his bed from two blows with an ax in a case later immortalized in American literature. His wife, Margaret, who had suffered cruel abuse at the hands of her husband, was accused of the murder. She was convicted, but the verdict was overturned. A second trial ended with a hung jury. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer...

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