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Swastika Is Carved Into Cornfield

August 25, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A farmer in Mansfield Township, N.J., made a disturbing discovery when a newspaper reporter showed him an aerial photo of his property: A 60-foot swastika had been hacked into his 30-acre cornfield. "I have no idea who would do it or anything about it," said Joe Goodenough, who farms 240 acres with his family. Now police are trying to find out how long it has been there and who is responsible. Goodenough said he had not been deep inside the field to notice the chopped stalks, which were cut at knee level in 10-foot-wide paths. The family, who grow corn, soybeans, hay and sell milk, may harvest the corn early to erase the swastika or just cut back some of the stalks to alter the symbol.

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