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Melissa King

Hoover, Alabama 35226

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Baby Snake Found in Woman’s Ear!

Mad Season for Profit!

Prelude to a Requiem


A gun, a knife, a nylon rope already fashioned in a noose, rat poison, antifreeze, and pills seemed intentionally sorted from left to right in a order of decreasing gore. While McKell slept, her father had meticulously arranged the methods of suicide like a psychotic buffet across the cherry oak desk. Stationary and a pen served as an unspoken parental command: Do this right.  Leave a proper note.  Don’t embarrass your family. The girl reasoned through a mind haze of hunger and pain. She understood her parents’ deep need to maintain appearances, but that need got her imprisoned in the basement bedroom and kept her from her high school graduation. She never imagined their faith and fear could manifest so cruelly. 

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