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Craig Titus & Kelly Ryan Investigation

Robert Daskas to run for Las Vegas congressional district

September 23rd, 2007

Clark County prosecutor, Robert Daskas, has formally announced his running for the suburban Las Vegas congressional district. Daskas is the Chief Deputy District Attorney and has been handling the Titus & Ryan case. It looks like he will quit the district attorney’s office to campaign full time in October.

This could bode well for Titus and Ryan.

Why?

Daskas has been a Las Vegas prosecutor for 12 years and according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, handling some of the county’s biggest cases. His record in murder cases is 26 and 1. The only loss coming on the high-profile Ted Binion case; where he retried Sandy Murphy on charges she killed casino giant & boyfriend Ted Binion.

Who will take over on this case? We’re investigating and as soon as we hear we’ll let you know.

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Killer Bodies Book Report

September 23rd, 2007

We’ve been reading, Killer Bodies: A Glamorous Bodybuilding Couple, a Love Triangle, and a Brutal Murder and will report on the book over the next couple of weeks. There isn’t much happening in the case, as most of you know, so this will give our readers something to discuss.

The book is overly descriptive to the point of annoyance in the opening chapter. The description of putting out the fire and traveling to the crime scene was a bit excessive but in the following chapters it improved.

The second chapter speaks to Titus competing in the 1995 USAs and eludes to his temper. There is an error in Lonnie Teper’s credentials when he states he writes for Muscular Development when he actually writes for IRONMAN magazine. The writer quotes Lonnie Teper as saying Titus, “looked like Charles Manson” after the 1995 USA show in Denver, Colorado.

According to the author, Craig Titus never made it to the finals, much less winning them in his High School wrestling days.

The author insinuates that there “has always been a gay element in bodybuilding”.

We’re introduced to Ron Avidan of getbig.com who interviewed Titus a number of times. Avidan chuckles to the gay bodybuilding claims with, “They don’t do ‘gay videos.’ ” “The do ‘posing videos.’ A lot of them use to be strippers. They’re not gay they’re just stripping. Good money, you know.” How this has any relevance, we’re not sure on.

Avidan comments on Craig’s physique, “His physique was OK.” “He didn’t have a great physique. He wasn’t one of the best bodybuilders. His attitude and his style and his talk that made him considered one of the bad boys of bodybuilding. He would be right up in your face.”

The author takes a jab at pro bodybuilder, Shawn Ray. The author writes, “Shawn Ray, who claims to stand 5-foot-7, but seems an inch shy of that…”

We learn that Craig was married to Susan Kathleen Bell on August 30, 1985 in Harris County, Texas. Craig was 20 years old at the time and Susan was 26. Three years after the marriage, Susan gave birth to twins on July 11, 1998. A boy named Arron Colby Titus and a girl, Ashley Marie Titus. Six months later, on January 3, 1989, Aaron died. The official cause of death remains locked in Texas and unavailable to the public. Craig has said his son died of sudden infant syndrome. Craig and Susan divorced 4 years after they were married.

…To be Continued…

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New Titus & Ryan Book: Killer Bodies: A Glamorous Bodybuilding Couple, a Love Triangle, and a Brutal Murder

September 13th, 2007

killer bodies

A new book has hit the shelves written by Michael Fleeman entitled, Killer Bodies: A Glamorous Bodybuilding Couple, a Love Triangle, and a Brutal Murder.

About the Author
Michael Fleeman is an associate bureau chief for People magazine in Los Angeles and a former reporter for The Associated Press. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Book Description as seen on Amazon.com
HE WAS THE “BAD BOY” OF BODYBUILDING
Craig Titus once earned the championship title of Mr. USA, but that was before his illegal drug use and terrible temper got the best of his body—and his career. Soon he would redirect his attention toward a young, bubbly fitness professional who looked up to Craig as a mentor…and later became his wife.

SHE WAS A COVER GIRL FOR MUSCLE MAGAZINES
Kelly Ryan quickly rose to the top of her field. She appeared on the cover of Ironman magazine’s swimsuit issue and was named Ms. Fitness America. A crowd favorite, her fans were shocked to learn that Kelly had been taken into custody, along with Craig, on charges of murder. The victim: the couple’s personal assistant, Melissa James.

THEIR BODIES WERE TO DIE FOR…
Did Craig have a romantic relationship with Melissa? And did Kelly find out about—and force Craig to put a deadly end to their affair? When Melissa’s corpse was found in the back of Kelly’s Jaguar, police made an arrest. Now, the burning question that remains is: Is America’s favorite celebrity bodybuilding couple guilty as charged? With this shocking exposé, author Michael Fleeman attempts to find out.

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Titus & Ryan Trial Setting Postponed Until October

August 31st, 2007

The next trial setting is scheduled for October 18, 2007 at 8:30 am. Judge Jackie Glass is awaiting ruling from the Supreme Court regarding Kelly’s lawyer (Denue’s) motion to withdraw as counsel. Once the Supreme Court rules, the next step is to set a trial date. Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan continue to sit in a Las Vegas jail.

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Next Trial Setting

August 21st, 2007

Titus and Ryan will be back in court on August 30, 2007. We’ll keep you posted on the outcome of this trial setting.

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Ron Nelson Brady Jr. interview with Las Vegas News

August 6th, 2007

KVBC - NBC News 3 in Las Vegas reports on Ron Nelson Brady Jr. There is a video segment on their web site and the following story to accompany it on their web site

Jail house interview with man accused of hiring hitman for Craig Titus
Ron Nelson Brady, Jr. is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill three witnesses against Craig Titus. Brady, who says he innocent of the charges, tells News 3 he is actually a pawn to get a conviction against Titus. In an exclusive interview you’ll only see here, News 3’s Jesse Corona sat down with Brady, who tells us he’s been in solitary confinement for close to 10 months as punishment.

“I’m locked down. I probably come out 45 minutes a day; some days I don’t come out at all,” said Brady.

No matter what your thoughts and feelings are about a crime a person is charged with, the United States is founded on the principal that you are innocent until proven guilty. They call it the hole.

For the last 10 months, Brady has been locked down in maximum security, segregated from the rest of the prison population. He’s not there for violent or disruptive behavior. In fact, Brady says in all of this time he can only come up with one reason why he’s there - punishment.

“I think that they think I have information regarding Craig Titus’ case. That’s what I think,” said Brady.

After phone calls from our attorney, reminding the detention center about the openness of public records, we finally obtained a portion of the jail’s standard operating procedure manual.

It clearly states administrative segregation or solitary confinement, the same kind of confinement Brady finds himself in, cannot be used as punishment, and that every attempt would be made to place inmates back into general population.

The detention center says Brady, who’s never been charged with a serious crime before, is classified as somehow posing a threat to the jail. They say he is in confinement based on his current charges.

But if that were true, then why would a judge grant Brady bail? Judge’s only do that if they think someone doesn’t pose a flight risk or isn’t a threat to society. Brady’s bail is set at $450,000; his family doesn’t have that so he remains in lock down.

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Man accused of trying to hire hitman for Craig Titus in court

July 28th, 2007

From: Las Vegas KVBC.com

The man accused of trying to hire a hitman for Craig Titus was back in court Thursday. Last October, Ronald Nelson Brady was charged with three counts of solicitation to commit murder.

In an exclusive interview you’ll see only on News 3, Brady’s father ’s spoke to Jesse Corona and told him his son has been locked in solitary confinement for nine months on what he says are bogus charges.

“This murder for hire is (a) setup for one purpose and that’s to convict Craig Titus,” Ron Brady Sr. said.

Nelson Ronald Brady Jr., also known as “Ronnie”, spent 16 days in the same jail cell as Craig Titus in Feburary of 2006. When he got out jail, Ronnie Sr. says his son tried to help Titus by gathering information about the case.

But prosecutors say what Ronnie was doing was trying to find a hitman to elminate witnesses that could testify against Titus.

“There is absolutely no proof of this,” Ronnie Sr. insists. He says Metro claims there are recordings of his son discussing the murder-for-hire scheme. But he says the DA’s office has refused to turn over those tape recordings or any information supporting that allegation.

He also says CCDC has kept his son in solitary confinement for the last nine months in an attempt to convince Ronnie to fabricate a story to help strengthen the case against Titus.

News 3 asked the Clark County Detention Center what their procedures are for keeping inmates in solitary confinement. They said they could not get us copies of those policies in time for our story, but did say certain high profile cases and certain charges could warrant a spot in their single cell maximum custody unit. But they also say they try to move those inmates back into the normal prison population as soon as they can.

“To shroud that in secrecy is simply unacceptable,” Gary Peck with ACLU said. Peck says with the Detention Center should be required to disclose the reasons behind keeping Ronnie in solitary confinment. “To say we don’t have to tell you… we don’t have to show you our manuals, we don’t have to talk about it, we run the jail, we do what we want. That is not unacceptable. Not in America, not in a democracy.”

The DA’s office did not return our calls in time to comment on our story. Judge Douglas Herndon ordered all records pertaining to the case be turned over to Brady’s attorney. Prosecutors have until August 14 to turn over those records.

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Another month of waiting for trial date

July 27th, 2007

Still awaiting the outcome of the Supreme Court Appeal, the Trial Setting has been pushed back to August 30, 2007 at 8:30 AM.

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Back in court today

July 26th, 2007

All parties were back in court today regarding all pending motions. As soon as we hear more on the outcome we will update everyone.

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Trial setting scheduled for July 26, 2007

July 24th, 2007

The Trial Setting for all parties is schedule for July 26, 2007 in the Titus and Ryan case. We’ll keep you posted on any new developments or if the case is postponed again.

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Robert Daskas, County prosecutor considers challenging Nevada GOP congressman

July 13th, 2007

July 12, 2007

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Clark County prosecutor said Thursday that he was “seriously considering” seeking the Democratic nomination in 2008 to challenge Rep. Jon Porter, R-Nev.

“I have not announced anything yet,” said Robert Daskas, a chief deputy district attorney.

Daskas said he has been talking with state and national Democratic party officials.

“My biggest concern is timing,” said Daskas, 40, who has never before sought elected office. “I need to ensure that I have sufficient time to commit to a campaign without abandoning my obligation to my cases.”

Daskas is involved in several high-profile cases, including the trial of husband-and-wife professional bodybuilders Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan in the slaying of their live-in assistant in Las Vegas, and the Reno trial of Darren Mack, who is accused of killing his wife and shooting the judge who was handling their divorce.

A county prosecutor since 1995, Daskas lives with his family in Henderson.

Democrats have been looking for a candidate to challenge Porter, who narrowly won re-election last year over first-time candidate Tessa Hafen, a former press aide to Nevada Sen. Harry Reid.

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Story connecting Titus and Benoit?

July 5th, 2007

A writer from slate.com is really stretching with her article about steroids and including Titus and Ryan.

“In 1998, a former Mr. Universe named Bertil Fox was convicted for the double murder of his former fiancee and her mother, and bodybuilding couple Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan will soon be on trial for suffocating their assistant.”

Read the Article here.

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More Writings from Ron Brady Sr.

July 5th, 2007

We received another writing from Ron Brady Sr. We do not side with him nor against him, however merely presenting his story. He has also ran an ad related to his story. We will post this shortly for you.

Before I get into “Who authorized the jail cell transfer and why?” explanation, I would like you to know that my son Brady, Jr. was at the time of his arrest on October 19, 2006 placed in a “DISCIPLANARY” Solitary Confinement Cell where he has remained for the last 8+ months. In DISCIPLANARY Solitary Confinement you have NO TV, NO Radio and he has not had the sun shine on him for 8 months. He is allowed out of his cell one hour a day to make “collect” phone calls and bathe. 2 Visitors a week and VERY restricted monitored mail service. You may ask, WHY? As the story continues you will see the “why” in this story. There are convicted murderers, rapists and child molesters who are not receiving this type of treatment in Solitary Confinement let alone, in DISCIPLANARY . This does somewhat fit in with the next part of this story.

Who transferred Brady into the module (not cell) with Cassim snitch and why? Remember Cassim snitch said in the 3/23/06 police report that, “Brady knew someone in the jail and had him self transferred into Cassim’s module.

Next came our “Motion for Bail Reduction” filed January 11, 2007 where we asked the Who/Why question. DA Daskas, in his Opposition to our Motion on page 4 line 21 stated, “Neither the DA’s office nor homicide detectives “ordered” the transfer of Brady and or Cassim (snitch) into the same module, (2M). Rather, the placement of inmates onto certain modules at CCDC IS BAISED ON A POINT SYSTEM.

In the Grand Jury testimony February 22, 2007 on page 53 line 1, Corrections Officer Zucker testified that module 2M where Brady hade been transferred into (with Cassim snitch) was an, “INCENTIVE module and based on 3 MONTHS OF GOOD BEHAVIOR” Note! Brady was arrested on 12/14/05 and transferred into 2M on 3/3/06. THIS IS ONLY 2 MONTHS AND 17 DAYS! (Not the 3 months said to be necessary. He was so good that they transferred him before any other of the 4000+ in the men’s jail.

Which, IF ANY, story is “NOT” a lie? 1). Cassim snitch, who says that BRADY HAD HIMSELF TRANSFERRED? 2). DA Daskas who says that Brady’s transfer is based on a “POINT SYSTEM?” or 3). Corrections Officer Zucker who testified that Brady was, ahead of 4000 other inmates and with less time served, awarded The Incentive Module?

Interestingly in a “recorded” interview with a Corrections Officer on March 19, 2007, when asked about the “Incentive Module,” the officer responded, “We had one at one time, basically it was BEFORE the South Tower was built.” (Note! 7B is in the North Tower and 2M is in the South Tower at Clark County Detention Center, CCDC.)

This question remains to this day. WHO ORDERED THE TRANSFER OF BRADY INTO CASSIM’S MODULE AND WHY? DA Daskas has been requested by numerous letters, e-mails, by telephone and a number of subpoenas and says he is “Still Looking.”

Next – Police use UNRECORDED, MONITORED TELEPHONE CALLS as explained by Detective O’Kelly to the Grand Jury February 22, 2007 page 15 line 7 states, “I MONITORED the phone call, it wasn’t recorded, but I listened to the phone call and “FAST & FURIOUS” made as many notes as I could.”

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Writings from Ron Brady Sr.

June 25th, 2007

We have verified this is Ron Brady Sr. and these come directly from him:

Have you ever wondered why that in the Glenn Puit book, “FIRE IN THE DESERT” chapter twenty five is titled “Murder For Hire?” Why is that question mark at the end??

The murder-for-hire story begins on or about February 13, 2006 when Craig Titus is transferred from solitary confinement in unit 5D to a general population cell area in unit 7B of the Clark County Detention Center, (CCDC). Brady had been in this unit (7B) since his arrest on a charge of Domestic Violence on December 14, 2005. I will tell you of this charge at a later date as it fits into the overall scheme.

Now, on to the LVMPD “Officers Report” #060522-1455 dated March 23, 2006. In a preliminary, non-recorded interview with police detectives O’Kelly and Wilson, the reporting person in this case is CCDC prisoner/inmate Deen Cassim. At this time Cassim was awaiting trial for robbery and kidnapping with a deadly weapon. On page 1 line 3 of this report, “Cassim told detectives he had been solicited for the planned killing of Anthony Gross (the co-defendant of Titus) and the possible contract killing of two other witnesses in the case against Craig Titus”

On page 1 line 9, “Cassim described how he had been “Given Word” by means he was not willing to disclose at the time to contact an unknown subject outside CCDC.” “Cassim described this person as someone he already knew from the outside,” On line 17 of page 1, Cassim said, “The (UNSUB, Brady) told Titus he (Brady) knew someone who was connected with organized crime and could get the job done.” On page 2 line 4, “Cassim believed that the (UNSUB, Brady) would turn on Titus if he were arrested for his part in arranging the contract killing of Gross.

The next day, March 23, 2005 page 2 line 25 Cassim said, “BRADY KNEW SOMEONE IN THE JAIL AND HAD HIMSELF MOVED OVER TO CASSIM’S CELL BLOCK JUST PRIOR TO BRADY BEING RELEASED FROM CUSTODY.”

Facts: 1). Brady and Titus had never met before February 13, 2006. 2). Brady and Titus were housed together a total of 16 days between Feb 13th and March 3rd. 3). Brady, after only 16 days within the same module (not cell) with Titus was un-expectedly transferred from module 7B, which housed violent offenders in the North Tower, down to unit 2M in the South Tower. 4). Then after only 5 days with Cassim, Brady was then un-expectedly released from CCDC on March 8, 2006. This I will explain at a later time.

Coming Next, Brady asks in court proceedings, “Who authorized this transfer and why?”

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Ron Brady’s Father offers comment

June 23rd, 2007

Ron Brady, Sr. has offered the following statements.

I am the father of Ron Brady, Jr. who you may know as the friend(?) of Craig Titus that stands accused of attempting to hire a “hit-man” to “murder” three (3) people who are, as we have been lead to believe, going to testify against Craig and Kelly in their up coming murder trial.

As you can see by reading this blog, this case has impacted the family and friends of hundreds if not thousands of people. None so much as the friends and family of Melissa James as there isn’t any of us that could say or do anything that can replace her life. My prayers are for all of these people.

It is my intent to present you a factual accounting of the alleged “murder-for-hire” plot without giving my personal opinion as to the innocence or guilt of any party to this alleged crime. I will quote directly from the police “Officer’s Report,” the “Declaration of Warrant/Summons” for the arrest of Ron Brady, Jr. and along with the now infamous recorded jail telephone conversations between Craig Titus, Ron Brady, Jr. and the reported informant, Deen Cassim.

There is a volume of information and I intend on telling only a small part in each writing. I will explain each side and only quote the words of the parties. You will have to decide who is right and who may be wrong as this story unfolds.

A little bit on the players. Kelly Ryan has nothing to do with this alleged plot therefore I will not be discussing her in my writings. She has been and will be affected by the outcome of the Brady involvement.

Craig is a man I know only by his voice on the phone. I have never met the man and as I have said, I will not express to you my opinion of his innocence or guilt relating to this case or the alleged murder of Melissa.

Las Vegas Police Detectives Deen O’Kelly and Robert Wilson are highly respected homicide investigators who are 17 and 20 veterans of this fine police department. Detectives O’Kelly and Wilson are investigating the death of Melissa James and this alleged “murder-for-hire plot.

Las Vegas Chief Deputy District Attorney Robert Daskas is the prosecutor who has charged Brady for the alleged “murder-for-hire” and Titus for the alleged murder. Titus continues to be implicated, however, has not been charged in the alleged “Murder-for-hire” plot.

Robert Daskas, as reported by Glenn Puit in his recent book Fire in The Desert, is a “phenomenal prosecutor” with a “relentless work ethic” who “also has an aura of genuineness about him.” Daskas has a “firm belief that right conquers wrong and there is no middle ground when it comes to violent crime.” I have met with Mr. Daskas on a number of occasions and certainly can agree with Glenn’s assessment at this time.

I will begin telling the series of events in my next posting and will answer questions as soon as possible.

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Trial Setting… set again

June 21st, 2007

The trial setting has been set for all parties to July 26, 2007. Denue’s motion to withdraw as counsel is at the supreme court on appeal. Sit back and relax, we’ll be lucky if this goes to trial in 2007.

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Titus & Ryan will wait another month

May 15th, 2007

Today Judge Jackie Glass has pushed the trial setting back to June 21, 2007 while the court awaits the outcome of the appeal to the supreme court. We’ll have to wait another month before hearing if this case will go to trial in 2007. We will keep you posted on any news related to the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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Back in court this week

May 14th, 2007

We’ll find out more tomorrow on Denue’s request to withdraw as counsel. May 17th the Trial Setting is schedule to take place, however we still haven’t heard from the Supreme Court’s ruling yet.

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Kelly Ryan in court today

May 8th, 2007

Today at 8:30am, Judge Jackie Glass heard the motion filed by Kelly Ryan on the order of prohibiting convicted felon practice of law/66. The court noted the Supreme Court has not made a ruling and ordered, matter off calendar.

Kelly will be back in court on May 15, 2007 regarding Denue’s motion to withdraw as counsel and both Titus and Ryan will be back in court on May 17, 2007.

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Glenn Puit leaves Las Vegas Review Journal.

May 6th, 2007

From the Las Vegas Review Journal’s website:

Glenn Puit, after 11 years of reporting for the Review-Journal, has taken a job with the Michigan Land Use Institute. He’ll be supervising a one-man office on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, with responsibilities that include preservation of the Great Lakes and rural farmlands.

The move allows him to pursue his passion: “I’m trying to become the best true-crime author in America.”

He caught the bug while writing “Witch: The True Story of Las Vegas’ Most Notorious Female Killer” and “Fire in the Desert: The True Story of the Craig Titus-Kelly Ryan Murder Mystery.”

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More Motions filed in the Titus/Ryan Case

May 6th, 2007

The state of Nevada has filed a notice of “non-opposition & petition to strike fugitive document” for Kelly Ryan.

Kelly’s lawyer Greg Denue has filed a motion to withdraw as counsel. This motion will be heard on May 15, 2007.

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Titus & Ryan trial setting continued until May 17, 2007

May 3rd, 2007

Today the Court noted the Supreme Court has not made a ruling (on the appeal of lawyers) and ordered, matter continued to weeks. Titus and Ryan remain in custody.

This matter has been continued to May 17, 2007 at 8:30am

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Trial Setting set for tomorrow - May 3, 2007

May 2nd, 2007

Tomorrow at 8:30am is the trial setting for Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan. Stay tuned for more details.

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More information on the motion filed by Kelly Ryan

April 27th, 2007

The court records show further explanation on the motion as:

“Modaferri from engaging in the unauthorized practice of law and to preclude disbarred/suspended former prosecutor Gary Modafferi from sitting at counsel table and countermtoion for sanctions”

gary modafferi

Gary Modafferi is part of the team of Cristalli & Saggese. Saggese is the lawyer for Craig Titus.

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Conference at the Bench for Nelson Brady

April 24th, 2007

Today in the case of Nelson Brady the court reported the following:

Conference at the Bench. Court stated that it explained to counsel at the Bench that it received a letter addressed to Ronald Brady from Dr. Terence German. The letter was opened by the staff and read. It was obvious that Dr. German was trying to find someone who was going to trial. Court stated it will make a copy of the letter for both counsel and keep the original in the file.

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