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Bodies Were Those Of Kidnap Victims

Federal prosecutors say five people whose bodies were pulled from New Melones Lake were Los Angeles-area residents kidnapped for ransom, and then killed by Russian mobsters.

The victims included two filmmakers, an accountant, an electronics executive and a home builder.

U-S Attorney Los Angeles office spokesman Thom Mrozek says more than five-and-one-half million dollars had been demanded of relatives.

Six men of Russian descent are held without bond, charged in indictments with hostage-taking or receiving ransom money in connection with some of the victims.


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