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African Were-Crocodile

In the mid-sixties a story appeared in the New York Times telling about the conviction of a witch doctor in a newly emerged African nation. He had agreed to transform himself into a crocodile and devour the mother in law of his client. After the event had transpired the two had a falling out over the price. The matter reached the authorities and both were arrested. They went to trail where the were found guilty and sentenced to death. Their appeals were denied and it was made clear that the crime was not conspiracy to commit murder, but conspiracy to commit sorcery, and illegal metamorphosis into a crocodile leading to the death of a citizen.