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Murder suspect wrote about new life in Canada

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    Christopher Vaughn

Associated Press

Will County prosecutors say emails written by an Oswego man accused of murdering his family indicate he was planning to fake his own death start a new life in the Canadian wilderness.

Several of the emails written by Christopher Vaughn to a friend were read in court Friday Steve Willott of Ontario, Canada testified he and Vaughn talked about planning an extended camping trip.

He wrote to Willott that his wife, Kimberly, will "be just fine" because he planned to fake his own death so she could collect on his life insurance policy.

Prosecutors say Vaughn killed his wife and three children in June 2007 so he could move to Canada.

Vaughn's attorneys say his wife, Kimberly, committed the crimes because she was distraught over marriage troubles.

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