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Homicide: Now and Then

by David Halliday

Homicide: Now and Then

Published by David Halliday at Smashwords

Copyright 2010 David Halliday

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He used to sit beside me in the office humming

the theme from the original Star Trek.

He was handsome, smart, very funny.

He explained at his trial that the knives in the drawer

were screaming at him

"Kill her!"

HOMICIDE: November 3, 1948

‘She was standing there, hands in her back pockets, leaning against a tree. Bold as the sun. The top three buttons of her blouse were undone. Even though it was almost noon, the moon was smitten. I stood there confused and burning up in the shade.’

Marshall Johnson, 32, Eau Claire roofer, has admitted in a signed statement the slayings of Raymond Smith, 18, bank clerk, and Gertrude Bauman, 17.

‘I was just returning from a hunting trip. I must have startled them as I stepped out of the shade. The boy came toward me. There was a scuffle. I pushed the kid onto the grass and shot him. The girl started to scream so I shot her too. She looked good with blood on her blouse. I smiled. The boy got back up again and I shot him two or three more times. The girl wouldn’t stop crying so I finished her off.’

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