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Alligator in a meth lab? A place where crime is often stranger than fiction

Alligator in a meth lab? A place where crime is often stranger than fiction

Mark Lindquist needed just 66 seconds. That was all it took to persuade a judge to sentence William Grisso to prison for the next 31 years.

Grisso, 43, "had a complicated love life — a wife, a fiancee and a girlfriend," the prosecutor told the court. "He could have unraveled that web any number of lawful ways. Instead, he chose murder.... This was not a crime of passion, but a crime of impatience."

The same day Grisso had filed for divorce from his wife so that he could be with his girlfriend, he took his fiancee, 45-year-old Nancy Gardner, to a state park and shot her twice in the head.

But that's not all. As...

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