Sun 29 May 2011, The Sunday Times
Couple fighting illegal loggers shot and mutilated in Amazon
By Christina Lamb
He had repeatedly foretold his own murder but not its extreme brutality. Last week Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva, 54, and his wife, Maria do Espirito Santo, 53, were gunned down in the Brazilian rainforest and had one ear each sliced off in apparent retaliation for their campaign to stop illegal logging.