NEW YORK -- He held the check in his hands, a yellow rectangle designating that one Robert Lee Harris, 37-year-old steelworker and father of four, was entitled to $580 for having his head repeatedly sledgehammered until his legs turned to Jell-O and collapsed beneath his body weight.
Lee gratefully took the piece of paper, smiling toward nobody in particular from atop a table in a rear utility room. "Not too great," he sighed. "But it's money. I got paid."