September 9, 1993 |
It took four days for the shredder to devour Niota. The 10-foot-tall chopping machine, leased by the state and equipped with a new set of knives, had been trucked a discreet distance from the town's main streets. Thousands of tons of soaked, maggot-ridden debris were waiting. Into the hopper dropped Ted and Michelle Reinhardt's bedroom set, Marge Young's blue bicycle, the antique dresser that once belonged to Josephine Waterman's grandmother. In slid the 1962 Roger Maris baseball card that Donald Lucas had been saving.