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Man who killed 2 firemen left note on killing plan

WEBSTER, N.Y. — The ex-con who lured two firefighters to their deaths in a blaze of gunfire left a rambling typewritten note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and ‘‘do what I like doing best, killing people,’’ police said Tuesday as they recovered burned human remains believed to be the gunman’s missing sister.

Police Chief Gerald Pickering said 62-year-old William Spengler, who served 17 years in prison for the 1980 hammer slaying of his grandmother, armed himself with a revolver, a shotgun and a military-style rifle before he set his house afire to lure first responders into a death trap before dawn on Christmas Eve.

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