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Regarding FARGO real-life sources:
 
The ending borrows from THE WOODCHIPPER MURDER, a true-crime turned
true-crime book, by Arthur Herzog.  REally all they borrow is the
idea of disposing of a body by chipping.  In the real crime, a husband
kills his stewardess wife and attempts to hide her body by positioning
an industrial size wood chipper over a river and running her threw it
a chunk at a time.  Presumably he thought that if anyone did find some
bits, they'd be too small to identify.  No corpse, he was thinking, no
murder conviction.  He didn't count on the wonders of forensic science.
This was a groundbreaking case for forensic detectives.  Kinda a fun
read in a really horrific and disgusting way.
 
J. Leeper
 
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