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Dozier Second Grave Site Theory Gains Traction

By: Allison Nielsen | Posted: April 15, 2014 5:45 PM
Dozier School Crosses

A team of researchers from the University of South Florida is inching closer to answers about what really happened at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, shedding light on a mystery that’s haunted families for more than 100 years.

The team of anthropologists, led by Drs. Erin Kimmerle and Christian Wells, met with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Tuesday in Tampa to provide updates on the exhumation process.

Kimmerle said the team has completed skeletal analyses of 12 boys whose bodies were excavated last year at the Boot Hill Cemetery. In August, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet gave their full permission for the USF team to proceed with the exhumation of bodies in dozens upon dozens of unmarked graves on the reformatory's Marianna site.

Kimmerle and the group of anthropologists teamed up with the University of North Texas Health Science Center to complete DNA testing on five of the bodies, but the names of the boys are currently unknown.

The possibility of a second burial ground is becoming increasingly thought of as more likely as researchers have determined the first seven bodies were all African-Americans. The theory is also common among those who attended the school, who believe there could be several burial sites in addition to the Boot Hill Cemetery.

"I think eventually they're going to find another cemetery, because back then they did not bury the two races together, and so no telling what stories are going to unfold,” said Sen. Nelson.

Further analysis of the remains will also help the team date the burials and discover the circumstances surrounding the deaths.  

In addition to the DNA testing, the team has also been using technology to reconstruct facial approximations of a boy buried at the school.

Kimmerle and her team began their research on the school two years ago, when they estimated there were up to 50 grave shafts at the Marianna-based reform school.

Dozier Facial Imposition

Facial Approximation of Dozier boy

The Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys has come under fire several times since it was founded 114 years ago in 1900. Allegations of torture and abuse, both physical and sexual, of boys living at the school became more common in recent years, and the calls to exhume bodies grew louder so families could get answers to questions about what happened to their relatives at the reform school.

That closure is the ultimate goal of the research team’s excavation process. Sen. Nelson, who has been an avid supporter of the process, agreed.

"We owe it to the families,” he said, “To get to the bottom of this so that they can bring closure on what happened to their loved ones.”



Reach Tampa-based reporter Allison Nielsen at Allison@sunshinestatenews.com or follow her on Twitter at @AllisonNielsen


Comments (10)

Herman Hester
11:25AM MAY 26TH 2014
Boys who didn't have anyone to come visit them are the one's that should be checked the closest.
Herman Hester
11:17AM MAY 26TH 2014
When I was there it was common knowledge if you ran away the sheriff was notifed and he would organize a local possie and run you down with 4 wheelers and dogs with a $25.00 prize paied by the State for the ones who caught you. Just like a hog hunt.
Double Jeopardy
8:29AM APR 17TH 2014
In recent years it's been the Republican's who have operated the pedophile farms and ranches like Coggins Farms in Georgia and Green isle Ranch in Central Florida - operated by the local sheriff and his friends who own the Bridges of America. Every one of them including Rick Scott, Charlie Crist, Jeb Bush and his father and brother have taken money from Mel Sembler who is the grand daddy of organized children's abuse facilities- Therefore the Republican's have plenty to worry about with the truth of their evil for all the world to see..........

When the lie and cover up the crimes of themselves and the friends they leave the victims but one recourse- civil lawsuits and they are usually always very successful - In Lake County Florida in January 2014 Lake jury awards a boy molested by the sheriff's preacher friend Douglas Myers $12.5 million in verdict against Florida Baptist Convention

This is why “officials” work so hard to lie and cover up the sex abuse reports of children in these so called facilities like Dozier School; Green Isle Boys Ranch; and, YSI (Youth Services International). They know juries award these victims a lot of money for their “official abuse” at the hands of the powerful.

It’s bad enough for a child to be sexually abused in custody of some government sanctioned facility, but to be abused by the system for reporting the abuse is an act of double jeopardy!

April 15, 2014 – Miami Attorney who specializes in child sex abuse cases Jeff Herman obtains $5.25 million jury verdict for boy in Downtown Miami Charter School sexual abuse case.

A jury has awarded a $5.25 million verdict to a boy who alleges he was bullied and sexually abused by an older student at Downtown Miami Charter School beginning when he was just seven years old.

All of these victims need to come forth and find an attorney who is willing to stand up to the power houses that supported those who abused them - No it is not as good as getting them arrested, jailed and sentenced to the years they truly deserve, but hitting the deep pockets really brings good things to light!

If you know any child who has been abused while in the custody of the powerful you can locate this law firm with a simple Google search!
Steve
6:55AM APR 17TH 2014
Let me see if I have this correct...from 1900 until 1966, the entire state of Florida was run by democrats. From 1966 to 1970, ther was one republican governor and another one from 1988 to 1992, but this school closed in 1990. So, for 90 years, only 6 years were under a Republican governor, but all of this mess is because of Republicans? And it is the Republicans who are bsuy trying to conceal the truth for something they had nothing to do with. Seems to me some poeple have already decided marijuana is legal and have partaked.
hummm
8:33AM APR 17TH 2014
Steve

Sometimes one is better off to remain silent and be thought a fool

than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt!
you are right on your dates
8:09AM APR 17TH 2014
But, the trouble of it is..........................

As you really know there is no difference between the two parties... they are both owned by one and the same.

There was almost no Republicans in Florida up to the time Claude Kirk was elected the first Republican Governor of Florida since reconstruction.

It's not that the Republicans had anything to do with the atrocities at the Dozier School for Boys - it's that their more recent (since 1980's) escapades with the likes of Mel Sembler and STRAIGHT, INC.which resulted in law makers de-licensing so called religious schools because of reports of sex abuse and THE FRANKLIN SCANDAL by John DeCamp outlines the Republican's coast to coast network of pedophile farms and ranches when began with the Republican Larry King who operated the Franklin Credit Union.

So, while in the beginning horror's like the Dozier School for Boys was not a Republican thing - they know that bringing these horrors of sex abuse of these boys to the light of day (much like when they brought the Catholic Priests Pedophilia to light) will bring a wave of public attention that these child abusing Republicans and Democrats alike to not want the public to know about.

Why do you think the entire 5th Circuit of Florida "conspired" to cover up for the Green isle Boys Ranch rapist?

Because they didn't was all those other little secrets to come out into the light that's why!
No its all about the power
1:23PM APR 16TH 2014
Researchers say at all times the Green Isle Boys Ranch was actually owned by the Don Brown Family who controls numbers of Florida Department of Corrections vendors under various Bridges of American corporations.

So, if it appears Governor Rick Scott’s lack of support to get to the truth about Dozier is something new, it is not. He has protected these abusers all along. Why? Well, maybe the answer to that could be found in who those “well connected men” with access to the boys at Green isle Ranch was.

At any rate Scott was personally involved in covering up the cover up of Sheriff Gary Borders of the last five reported rapes at Borders Green Isle.Rick Scott made sure FDLE assigned Agent Tom Berlinger an old friend of Sheriff Borders to do the cover up of the cover up for them. At the very least Governor Scott is guilty of misprision of a felony for turning his head to the act of obstruction of justice by the Sheriff of Lake County.

The locals around the old Green Isle Ranch have claimed for years to have heard about boys being taken by well connected men to Lake Louisa State Park’s cabins on Lake Dixie. Some locals have also wondered for years if their might be victims of the years of sexual abuse buried somewhere on the old Green isle property. Who knows? They have been able to cover up decades of violent sexual abuse of little boys – they can cover up anything else, right?

Only recently DCF has closed down a boys ranch run at the same location by some preacher for the same reason - when they found the boys was having sex with each other the person who reported the crimes was trespassed by the preacher from his property. What kind of preacher would do this? The same kind pf person who would be a sheriff and cover up the rapes of little boys ages 12-15 that's what kind!
its all about the money not the victims
11:17AM APR 16TH 2014
And too all you good Republicans out there that just can't understand why everyone would not want to get to the bottom of these horrors and crimes committed against our children.

Let us remind you. It is the likes of people like Mel Sembler who organized Straight, Inc. That finances the Republicans and controls their actions.

APRIL 7, 2014 - Last week, Governor Rick Scott held a fundraiser at the home of Pinellas County based developer Mel Sembler. Over the course of the past two decades Sembler, his family and his companies have donated over a $1,000,000 to the coffers of various Florida Republicans or the RPOF. Sembler has long been one of the go-to donors for Republicans in Florida and has been twice rewarded by GOP Presidents with Ambassadorships. On occasion it should be noted that Sembler has also donated to Democrats. These have generally been Democratic candidates running in the Tampa Bay area for State House or State Senate. In many ways he and his family have long been seen as leading citizens of Pinellas County and St Petersburg. No doubt Sembler has earned this distinction, though one major aspect of his past is controversial.

In 1976 Mel Sembler founded Straight, Inc. which evolved into a nationwide ring of houses of horror of sex abuse of the children in those facilities. Ultimately protected by his political friends!

The Republican Party of Florida, Governor’s Charlie Crist and Rick Scott as well as countless Republican legislative candidates have been the biggest beneficiaries of Sembler’s campaign cash since he returned to Florida from Rome in 2005. His extensive list of donations as well as that of other family members to state candidates can be easily accessed via the Division of Elections website.

So when you can't help but wonder why Rick Scott and Charlie Crist can't find anything wrong with children being abused in state and private facilities and sheriff's like they Gary Borders running interference for child rapists - all you have to do is look to the people that fund their campaigns like Mel Sembler.

Sembler is not the only one but he is their local go to money man as long as they look the other way and let him and his friends abuse all the children they want too without being held acountable for their actions.
Green Isle Victims deserve justice as well
10:04AM APR 16TH 2014
Just this week Senator Harry Reid said “ We can't have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it.”

If this is true how long is it going to take to bring justice to the victim’s of the Green Isle Boys Ranch in Lake County, Fl-

What kind of Sheriff would hide the brutal rapes of five little boys from the public - not to mention hide his 20 plus years involvement at the Green Isle Boys Ranch?

Green Isle Boys Ranch Rapes Cover Ups for Dummies

On Nov. 21, 2009 one little boy at Green Isle told the school admin Steve Zepp he had been sexually abused by an older student from June to November. He also said others had been abused as well. (Total Five) He said the reason they had not told anyone was because their abuser (rapist) had threatened to kill them if they told.

The Green Isle school admin immediately call the Lake Sheriff’s Office 911.
Lake Deputy M. Marshall responded and took a report including handwritten statements from the five victims and the school administrator. Every one of the lists the rapist as one Tyler Anthony Jackson and the “weapon” he used to commit the crimes. The Deputy also called DCF from the school to report the brutal sexual crimes.
Nov. 23, 2009 - Green Isle Admin Steve Zepp leaves the ranch. He says over a dispute with upper management. On that same date LCSO Det. Marcie Poitevent is assigned to follow up on the case.

Nov, 25, 2009 – In her report Det. Marcie Poitevent claims she had one victim forensic interviewed at the Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center in Leesburg. Also on this date suspect Tyler Anthony Jackson was living it up with his Crystal River High School friends at Wet & Wild – he shared the pictures with the world on his social media outlet.

Dec. 16, 2009 - In her report Det. Marcie Poitevent claims she had the other four victims forensic interviewed at the Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center in Leesburg. On this date according to sheriff’s crime report (09-191988) all activity on this case stopped dead in it’s tracks.

Feb. 3, 2010 – 4:07 pm - New Green Isle school admin Paula Whetro calls the Lake Sheriff’s Office to report she has a former ranch employee who is making harassing phone calls, texts and emails to the ranch office. What did this have to do with case #09-191988 and why was it placed into that report originally dated Nov. 21, 2009? Later it is disclosed this house parent was not employed at Green Isle when the rapes were reported and come to work there around the New Year 2010.

Later on the night of Feb. 3, 2010 the former ranch employee Clayton Berkey and his wife Angie Berkey was on all the local TV stations with breaking news. There are FIVE little boys ages 12 to 15 years old housed at Green Isle Boys Ranch who reported to them they had been sexually abused over the summer and fall of 2009. Berkey and his wife report that some of the boys had attempted suicide and nothing had been done for them since they reported they were raped 75 days earlier. Berkey says that Green Isle is owned and operated by Bridges of America in Orlando. This is the first time the public has heard of the rapes. Insiders say it was also the first time some of the parents of the victims learned about this abuse also.

Feb. 4, 2010 – A few of the stations repeated these reports on this date. But for the most part the breaking news ceased by this date. On this date the Lake Sheriff’s Office sent two detective teams to two different locations in Citrus Co. to interview the suspect. In the report one team claims to go to his school, the other team claims they went to his home.

Feb. 8, 2010 – Detective Poitevent in her report contacts Green isle Boys ranch and is stunned to learn Paula Whetro is the new ranch administrator. Poitevent is seeking contact information for the victim’s parents and/ or guardians. Makes entries in report concerning two round table meetings with the state attorney’s staff. ASA Carnahan advises he needs to review forensic interviews before proceeding.

Feb. 9. 2010 – Detective Poitevent prepares an arrest affidavit/ first appearance form. Face cover sheet approved by Lt. Linda Green, but not marked “cleared by arrest.” FDLE reports the suspect (who they refuse to identify by name) was arrested on this date and charged with: (4) counts of Sexual Battery by a person under 18years of age. (1) count of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation, and (1) count of Battery Touch and Strike. FDLE also reported: On May 20, 2010 the “juvenile suspect” pled NO CONTEST to the charges and was later ordered to Community control.

March 2010 – The Green Isle Boys Ranch announced it was closing. At this time summer 2009 Green Isle publication was reportedly located showing Sheriff Gary Borders pictured grinning with the Green isle rapist Tyler Anthony Jackson. Other members of Borders sheriff’s office employee’s are also pictured with the boys at Green Isle. Later some long time jail employee’s who worked under Jail Major Borders for 15 years report in all those years he never heard Borders mention the Green Isle Boys Ranch.

May 13, 2010 – Tyler Anthony Jackson shares pictures of him living it up with his friends on his social media outlet. He does not look like a person who was placed under arrest on Feb. 9, 2010 for the heinous crimes and one week away from pleading “no contest” to the crimes.

May 26, 2010 – Lake County courthouse rumors said. This case (# 2010-CJ-000185) comes up for final disposition on this date. Judge Taka presiding. They say Takac withheld adjudication (defendant does not have to register as a sex offender) and sentenced him to probation (Community Control). No indication was given as to the terms and/ or length of the Community Control.

October 2010 - Tyler Anthony Jackson has been dating a female juvenile since April 2010. She calls her parents says she is scared and asked them to come pick her up at Jackson’s home. When they arrive Jackson is in his truck and side swipes their occupied vehicle. At the time they did not report this to authorities. Jackson’s relationship with the juvenile female continues and so does the violence.

Feb. 16, 2011 – Tyler Anthony Jackson is dropping off the female juvenile at her place of employment, Witnesses said they got into an argument and Jackson decided not to let her out of the car. He grabbed her by the hair and choked her. Someone reported this to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office who responded to the scene but Jackson was gone. When the female juvenile’s father learned of this altercation the next day, this time he did call the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. Several eye witnesses gave statements to the responding Citrus County Deputy Sheriff Bobby Lambert concerning this altercation. However the female juvenile played down the violence and actually said she was not hurt in the affray.

Feb. 28, 2011 - Something prompted a follow up by Citrus County Deputy Sheriff Steven Casada. Deputy Casada asked the female juvenile victim if she was honest with Deputy Lambert in the original report dated 2/17/2011? The victim stated she did not lie, but that she was not 100% open and honest. When asked to explain she responded “I answered the questions Deputy Lambert asked and nothing more.”

The juvenile victim further reported to Deputy Casada regarding the 2/16/2011 incident “Tyler and me were arguing and at one point as I was not looking at Tyler he took hold of my jaw and turned my head toward him and told me to look at him when he was talking. Deputy Casada asked her how many times things had gotten physical between her and Tyler Anthony Jackson, she replied “three times in the past.” She explained her father had instructed her she was no longer allowed to see Tyler Jackson.

Later on 2/28/2011 Deputy Casada made personal contact with Tyler Anthony Jackson who advised him he did not understand why things had gotten out of hand and why he was no longer allowed to see the female juvenile. Jackson stated the juvenile’s father has taken this way out of control and that in his opinion the argument was not that serious. Jackson said in his opinion things have never gotten physical between him and the juvenile female. Deputy Casada reports he explained to Tyler Anthony Jackson that it did not matter what he thought; that he needed to respect the fact that the female juvenile’s father did not want him to contact her at this point.
March 3, 2011- A petition for injunction for protection against dating violence was issued against Tyler Anthony Jackson by the female juvenile’s father.
Nov. 16, 2011 – Tyler Anthony Jackson received a careless driving citation for an accident with $4000. In damages.
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Nov. 21, 2009 – Five victims reported to the Lake Sheriff’s Office they had been raped and identified the rapist.
If you or one of your loved ones was the victim of a violent crime reported to your sheriff or other law enforcement authority and you identified the suspect/ violator immediately would you not expect an arrest of the perpetrator as soon as possible? Even if the suspect was known to be in Citrus County, Florida; less than forty miles away? Would you not expect the State Attorney to prosecute the rapist to the full extent of the law?
If your sheriff of law enforcement agency failed to follow up on your report of a major crime and make an arrest wouldn’t you believe they had committed the crime of Obstruction of Justice by a public official?

Wouldn’t you wonder why no arrest was being made?

What if you were institutionalized and the victim of a heinous sex crime and you reported that crime only to find out later the official who was sworn by law to be protecting you is in fact friends with your attacker and is pictured in a commercial publication with the person who raped you? Wouldn’t you begin to smell a rat and realize why nothing has been done? Certainly you would, not everyone is stupid!

When the news of the Green Isle rapes was finally made public on Feb. 3, 2010, a full 75 days after they were reported the sheriff’s office within one week they suddenly claim to make an arrest of the rapist who they have known all along. The justice system (reportedly Fifth Circuit Judge Michael Takac) claims to have accepted a “no contest” plea from the rapist. They claim on May 26, 2010 the suspect was put on probation “community control.” Meanwhile your attacker is living it up pictures of partying all over his social media sites.

At the same time Tyler Anthony Jackson was continuing to commit acts of violence as early as October 2010, but the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office was not called regarding these acts of violence until Feb 16, 2011.

If Judge Takac placed the defendant Tyler Anthony Jackson on Community Control on May 26, 2010 why then didn’t those records show he was on probation on Feb 16, 17, or 28th of 2011 when Citrus County Deputy Sheriff’s was taking and following up on the reports of Jackson acts of violence against the female juvenile?

When the rapes were first reported Sheriff Gary Borders had no intention of following up on the reports or making an arrest of Tyler Anthony Jackson. He covered up for him from Nov. 21, 2009 until Feb. 3, 2010.

Then when the news of the rapes leaked to the public Sheriff Gary Borders immediately put his detectives to work faking up an arrest. Apparently Sheriff Borders conspired with the state attorney’s office and the judge’s office fake up the prosecution and sentencing of Tyler Anthony Jackson as well. Jackson continues to enjoy the protection of the criminal justice system as administered to the friends of those who control the Fifth Circuit Court District of the State of Florida.

948.06 Violation of probation or community control; revocation; modification; continuance; failure to pay restitution or cost of supervision.—
(1)(a) Whenever within the period of probation or community control there are reasonable grounds to believe that a probationer or offender in community control has violated his or her probation or community control in a material respect, any law enforcement officer who is aware of the probationary or community control status of the probationer or offender in community control or any parole or probation supervisor may arrest or request any county or municipal law enforcement officer to arrest such probationer or offender without warrant wherever found and return him or her to the court granting such probation or community control.

(4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a felony probationer or an offender in community control who is arrested for violating his or her probation or community control in a material respect may be taken before the court in the county or circuit in which the probationer or offender was arrested. That court shall advise him or her of the charge of a violation and, if such charge is admitted, shall cause him or her to be brought before the court that granted the probation or community control. If the violation is not admitted by the probationer or offender, the court may commit him or her or release him or her with or without bail to await further hearing. However, if the probationer or offender is under supervision for any criminal offense proscribed in chapter 794, s. 800.04(4), (5), (6), s. 827.071, or s. 847.0145, or is a registered sexual predator or a registered sexual offender, or is under supervision for a criminal offense for which he or she would meet the registration criteria in s. 775.21, s. 943.0435, or s. 944.607 but for the effective date of those sections, the court must make a finding that the probationer or offender is not a danger to the public prior to release with or without bail. In determining the danger posed by the offender’s or probationer’s release, the court may consider the nature and circumstances of the violation and any new offenses charged; the offender’s or probationer’s past and present conduct, including convictions of crimes; any record of arrests without conviction for crimes involving violence or sexual crimes; any other evidence of allegations of unlawful sexual conduct or the use of violence by the offender or probationer; the offender’s or probationer’s family ties, length of residence in the community, employment history, and mental condition; his or her history and conduct during the probation or community control supervision from which the violation arises and any other previous supervisions, including disciplinary records of previous incarcerations; the likelihood that the offender or probationer will engage again in a criminal course of conduct; the weight of the evidence against the offender or probationer; and any other facts the court considers relevant.

The court, as soon as is practicable, shall give the probationer or offender an opportunity to be fully heard on his or her behalf in person or by counsel. After the hearing, the court shall make findings of fact and forward the findings to the court that granted the probation or community control and to the probationer or offender or his or her attorney. The findings of fact by the hearing court are binding on the court that granted the probation or community control. Upon the probationer or offender being brought before it, the court that granted the probation or community control may revoke, modify, or continue the probation or community control or may place the probationer into community control as provided in this section. However, the probationer or offender shall not be released and shall not be admitted to bail, but shall be brought before the court that granted the probation or community control if any violation of felony probation or community control other than a failure to pay costs or fines or make restitution payments is alleged to have been committed by:
(a) A violent felony offender of special concern, as defined in this section;
(b) A person who is on felony probation or community control for any offense committed on or after the effective date of this act and who is arrested for a qualifying offense as defined in this section; or
(c) A person who is on felony probation or community control and has previously been found by a court to be a habitual violent felony offender as defined in s. 775.084(1)(b), a three-time violent felony offender as defined in s. 775.084(1)(c), or a sexual predator under s. 775.21, and who is arrested for committing a qualifying offense as defined in this section on or after the effective date of this act.

Why then was Tyler Anthony Jackson not arrested for violation of probation or violation of Community Control by Citrus County Sheriff’s Deputies on Feb 16, 2011? He was reportedly sentenced to Community Control on May 26, 2010. Was he not on probation or community control on February 16, 2011? Or, did someone make a phone call to Sheriff Gary Borders to once again “just make it go away?”
The most logical answer is Tyler Anthony Jackson was not on probation or community control on that date or any date prior to that date. All available evidence concerning the Saga of Green Isle Boys Ranch rapes cover ups from the beginning point to the possibility the entire arrest, prosecution and sentencing of Tyler Anthony Jackson was a farce from the beginning, brought about to “just make it go away” because the news of the rapes leaked to the public.
A Long Time Coming
9:46AM APR 16TH 2014
People of morals and integrity and especially those with Christian beliefs have got to wonder why the victims of these places have to fight so hard to bring these atrocities to the light of day right here in Florida, the United States of America who claims to be the HUMAN RIGHTS CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. Remember how our federal government use to be the first to bring HUMAN ABUSE STORIES in other countries on the nightly news? Now, for over a quarter of a century the victims of The Dozier School; Mel Sembler STRAIGHT, INC.; Lake County, Fl Sheriff Gary Borders GREEN ISLE BOYS RANCH; Fl Juvenile Prison Vendor YOUTH SERVICES INTERNATIONAL; THE FRANKLIN SCANDAL all are able to cover up the abuse of children in their custody including blocking news releases on MSM - with the poser of the press they just make it go away! Do your homework! Rick Scott reluctantly went along with allowing the University of South Florida to do this! Scott and his political cronies like Mel Sembler have a lot to hide. Scott had already had is Gestapo FDLE do their cover up investigation which they intended to just make it all go away! To bad they will not allow the Christian organizations to stand up and speak the truth about what these people have done to our children over the last century.

It's not just the Catholic Priests and Boy Scout leaders who are pedophiles its also law enforcement officers, judges, state attorneys and other scum of the earth who conspire to keep the truth from the ears of those who would stand up and protect their little victims!

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