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Store employee accused of beheading co-worker
Chicago Tribune (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Chicago, Ill.
Author: Shnay, Jerry
Date: Jun 7, 1991
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A Burnham convenience store worker was charged Thursday with the bizarre decapitation of a co-worker after police discovered the victim's body lying on the storeroom floor.

Michael Bethke, 28, of Calumet City, who turned himself in two hours after the killing, allegedly told arresting officers that he killed Joseph Lesinski Jr., 49, of Burnham, by severing his head in the storeroom of the all-night store where they both worked at 2625 State St. in Burnham.

Crull said that Bethke supplied no motive for the killing, although the victim's relatives described the suspect as a man with "a very hot temper" who often quarreled with Lesinski.

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