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Bad electical problem Please help

I jumped in my 2002 7.3 turned the key on waited for the GP light to go off and tried to crank it over and got only a few clicks. turned the key off and started over again and now nothing. I then popped the hood to check for corroded or lose battery terminals, when I opened the hood I noticed a small amount of smoke but not a lot, when I touched the drivers side battery it was scalding hot and the same with the passenger side. Ran back to the cab to see if I had left the key on but it was off. Now I'm spooked, so I waited for 5 min while I looked around the engine compartment for burned wires and blown fuses but found nothing. So I tried it again but now I had no battery power at all, completely dead.
So I had it towed to work and the next morning I checked all the fuses, wire looms, battery cables and still see nothing. I am completely lost at this point and really need some ideas

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think new batteries are in order

99.5 x-cab 7.3l, 6spd, 161k miles.....
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The batteries were fine, I had just drove the truck an hour before this happened. I tore into it this weekend and still can't find anything obvious.
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Sounds to me like you have a significant draw somewhere. I would look at the GPR to see that it's not "stuck" ON...
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Well here is what they found,
The starter shorted internally and caused the draw and that ended up toasting both batteries. Hopefully it didn't mess up any other electrical systems. I'll find out today.
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