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Until February, Hillgrove, 49, was part of Indiana life. He had been a loyal aide for nearly two decades, doing anything Indiana needed around his home and also accompanying him on his occasional visits to New York to act as his bodyguard. In New York, Indiana put him up in the Trump Tower. Back at Vinalhaven, Indiana bought a house for Hillgrove and his wife, directly behind the Star of Hope. treated my family like gold, he said.
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