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Marblehead home razed after 18-year legal battle

MARBLEHEAD - In the end, the giant claw of an oversize backhoe needed only hours to do what 18 years of litigation, hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, and a bottomless well of angst and acrimony had been unable to accomplish before yesterday.

Beginning about 7:15 a.m., by court order, Wayne Johnson’s 5,000-square-foot, million-dollar house overlooking Marblehead Harbor finally came tumbling down.

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