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まさかそれが、あのような惨劇{さんげき}を引{ひ}き起{お}こす事{こと}になるとは、知{し}るよしもなかったのです。

What if 「まさかそれが、」 is at the beginning of a sentence? What does it mean? Would it mean something like "That's it,"?

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    It would help if you provide the rest of the sentence and some context. – user3856370 Aug 11 '15 at 17:45
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    Does it help comprehension if you split the two? まさか and それが. There really isn't a special meaning, just those two expressions in one chunk. まさか is often used to show how surprised someone is that something happened. – Jesse Good Aug 11 '15 at 23:00
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まさか is a guiding adverb that leads to an expression of something unexpected. それが is the subject for the verb 引き起こす.

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まさかそれが...

I think it literally means "Don't tell me that is..."

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