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Editor: Myanna Dellinger
University of South Dakota School of Law

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Some things money can't buy

An odd standoff between the Marxist past and the capitalist present is shaping up over a unique historical artifact:  the ice pick used to assassinate Leon Trotsky in Mexico City in 1940.

The ice pick apparently was abstracted from a police evidence room in the 1940s by a former Mexican secret police commander, whose daughter wants to sell it.  Problem is, it can't be authenticated unless the bloodstains can be matched with Trotsky's DNA -- and Trotsky's grandson, who runs a little Marxist museum honoring his grandfather, refuses to cooperate unless the foot-long weapon is given to his museum.

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