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Continuing a Family Election Day Tradition

Nov. 3 2008, Published 4:14 a.m. ET

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Here's one for -- and from -- the history books.

Some of you may have heard of the famed Hatfield-McCoy feud that raged for years in the Appalachians. The families went to war on election day, 1882, when storekeeper Ellison Hatfield was gunned down. The fight was precipitated by Hatfield's son Johnse who attempted to elope with Randall McCoy's daughter Rosanna. The bloody battle between the families lasted 6 years, until authorities arrested a bunch of Hatfields and ended the fight.

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Now, two descendants of the Hatfield clan have been convicted of conspiring to rob pharmacies and sell the drugs. Rex Hatfield, 52, and Everly Hatfield, 48, face life in prison when they're sentenced on January 29, 2009.

The West Virginia brothers ran a gang that committed 85 robberies in 10 states.



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