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DNA 'Skullduggery'

Ned Kelly was an Australian folk hero, says The New York Times' Christine Kenneally. He was born in 1854 to an Irish convict exiled to Australia, and became a bank robber, rebelled against the corrupt British police force, and wrote a famous manifesto, Kenneally says. He was arrested in 1880 during a shootout, wearing metal armor that he'd made himself, and was hanged. His armor, boots, and a sash with some blood on it became state treasures. But his skull is missing.

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