By Mark Reinsberg (1923-81).
First appearance: Imagination, June 1957.
Short short story (5 pages).
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
"Murder is always a cold-blooded crime any way you look at it. But for outright cruelty and barbarism there was no equal to the actions of—The Three Thieves of Japetus."The Bard basically nailed it when he had Falstaff complain, "A plague upon it when thieves cannot be true one to another!"
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|Artwork by Bambam131|
|The Earth, the Moon, and (lower left) Iapetus (Japetus).|
The bottom line: "The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.”