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Help--all the files in my user account just disappeared

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I have a 10.4 Intel Mac Mini with a few different accounts on it. There are two Administrator accounts, one called "bill" and one called "Administrator". The former is my main account I use daily. All accounts on this machine have File

I have a 10.4 Intel Mac Mini with a few different accounts on it. There are two Administrator accounts, one called "bill" and one called "Administrator". The former is my main account I use daily. All accounts on this machine have File Vault enabled.
I was logged in to "bill" last night. I wasn't doing anything special, just running Firefox and iTunes. I went to bed still logged in with the Login Window up. This morning, when I tried to reenter the account my password was refused. After spending several minutes confirming that I was typing the correct password, the caps lock wasn't on, etc., I power cycled the machine. After booting back up, the account "bill" still erroneously refused my password. So I logged in as "Administrator". I tried to reset the "bill" password through the User Account control panel applet, but the Reset Password button was grayed out. Finally I went into the Finder and looked under /Users/bill and saw that the folder was empty. No Desktop, Documents, etc. folder. There is one hidden file in this directory called .autodiskmounted which is zero bytes long.
The other accounts on this machine are all fine. You can log into them and the files in their home directories are intact.
I didn't do anything obvious to cause this problem. I hadn't upgraded any software, wasn't running any new apps, wasn't deleting a bunch of files. This is clearly not a hardware failure because the other accounts are unaffected.
So obviously this a serious problem. Though I have backups of some stuff, I've still lost data that I won't be able to recover. I'm also now more wary of OS X because I've never seen a user account self-destruct like this before. Not on UNIX, not on Windows, so I'd really like to understand the problem in order to get my trust level in Apple back up.
A few questions:
1. Any ideas what happened?
2. Any ideas on how to recover my data? (Or is it, as I suspect, gone?)
3. Is there any auditing I can do from the "Administrator" account now to figure out what might have happened in my self-immolated "bill" account?
4. The main data loss problem is that I don't have a backup of my iTunes purchases. (I know, I know; I was getting around to buying a backup DVD when this happened.) I've still got all my purchased music on my iPod. Is there a way to transfer this music back to a new account on my Mac Mini?
Thanks.

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If you have a backup in iTunes or iCloud, restore form the backup in order to recover your files.
iOS: Back up and restore your iOS device with iCloud or iTunes
Some people recommend using a third party app like this.
http://www.recovery-ipad.com/restore-ipad-from-backup.html

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