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CAST YOUR X; Honest and helpful, or just PURE EVIL.

LOCAL folk couldn't believe it when half-brothers Josh Cain and Trevor Walraven were arrested for a brutal slaying. They reckoned the boys were just too good to get into trouble. But the brothers' had been spotted driving the dead man's car and police found bullets at their home. Were they guilty of murder? Or simply of taking a car they had found abandoned?

PEOPLE in the small, mountain community were horrified when a a local businessman was brutally slain.

But they were even more stunned when police arrested half-brothers Josh Cain and Trevor Walraven for the terrible crime.

Townsfolk in Wolf Creek, Oregon, simply could not believe the two boys were guilty.

Of all the youngsters in the area, Josh and Trevor were thought the least likely to get into trouble

They were good kids... respectful and helpful to neighbours, claimed the locals. They were not killers.

The director of the town's Teen Centre - well used to dealing with problem youngsters - said: "I would have questioned God Himself if He had stepped down and told me those boys had committed murder.

"I would have thought The Almighty was trying to trick me."

But state prosecutors said they were not trying to trick anyone. The boys were guilty as sin... and they planned to prove it.

And they revealed to stunned town-folk a world of guns and violence, of drugs and murderous rock lyrics...

All played out against the spectacular backdrop of Oregon's magnificent mountain scenery.

Bill Hull was the well-liked owner of a hunting lodge who disappeared after attending Sunday meeting at the church. They eventually found his body in a forest clearing, not far from his home.

The top of his head had been blown off with a copper-jacketed, hollow- point .38 special bullet.

His four-wheel drive sports vehicle was missing.

That was to prove vital in leading to the discovery of the corpse and making the arrests.

Josh, 19, and Trevor, 15, were well-known in the Wolf Creek area.

Together they would range far and wide over the hill country on their motorcycles.

They were also highly respected for helping their parents carve out a 52-acre spread from the harsh, mountainous land.

It took Karen Cain and Doug Walraven 14 years to build the main house, living first in a trailer then a small cabin.

When the adults moved into the new house, the boys took over the cabin.

Much of their schooling was completed at home, although Josh managed to enrol at the University of Oregon.

Meanwhile, Trevor, now attending junior high, was described as a bright student who the others pupils looked up to.

The boys helped out with the family business - their parents attended fairs and festivals all over the country selling dolls and memorabilia - and ran errands for neighbours. They were nice kids.

Then they were seen driving Bill Hull's missing Chevrolet Suburban.

At the time, Josh was home for the summer and their folks were away at a doll fair in Idaho.

When cops challenged them, the boys claimed they had found the car apparently abandoned on a dirt road.

They said they had decided to use it to take their girlfriends out for pizza and perhaps on to a drive-in movie.

Soon after, police began to comb the area, looking for the missing man's body. They found it in that lonely clearing in a remote forest, hidden under some bushes.

Then they searched the boys' cabin and found gear used for smoking marijuana.

There were also letters apparently from Cain to his younger half brother, asking him to obtain marijuana, LSD and amphetamines and send them on to him in university.

There were also handwritten lyrics - transcribed from Portrait of an American Family by weird American rock singer Marilyn Manson - which read: "Murder is the answer... I only kill to know I'm alive."

It was known Cain owned a .357 Magnum, but he claimed it had been stolen.

However, bullets similar to the one that killed Hull were found in the cabin.

Firearms experts said a Magnum could be used to fire the special .38 calibre shells.

Then a friend claimed that Walraven had admitted shooting Hull.

Prosecutors believed that the boys stopped Hull as he drove home from church.

Then they forced him to drive up into the mountains, where Walraven blasted him with his half-brother's Magnum.

Cain faced trial first. He denied the murder charges, insisting that he and Trevor had found the car and had decided to use it to impress their girlfriends.

Which is the truth? Did that nice Cain boy, spurred on by drugs and crazed rock lyrics, turn into a bloodthirsty killer?

Or were the pair guilty of merely taking and driving away an apparently abandoned motor vehicle?

You decide...

CAST YOUR X

JOSH CAIN was found guilty of murder. He now faces a minimum of 25 years in jail. Trevor Walraven is in jail awaiting trial.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 29, 1999
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