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Desperation, Revenge In Hogan Letters

Rambling letters depict the former sheriff´s deputy who killed four children and took his own life as a desperate man, despondent over his divorce and bent on revenge. In writings found by police yesterday in his Merced apartment and at his ex-wife´s house, John Hogan said he had nothing to live for. He said he lost his police job because of a disability, his marriage collapsed and he was about to be evicted from his town house. Hogan shot and killed his five-year-old daughter and three stepchildren earlier this week before turning the gun on himself.