Was Tony really that out of line for beating and strangling Ralphie to death, after suspecting him of setting the stables ablaze and killing his beloved racehorse, Pie-O-My? Hardly.
When confronted about the stable fire by Tony, Ralph replies, "It's an animal," which seems to demonstrate he just doesn't get it. Is homemade Western Slope brown sugar peach pie just food? Hopefully, nobody needs to be dismembered to answer that question.
Better men have been killed for less.