RARA-AVIS: re: Pelecanos quote

From: Moorich2@aol.com
Date: 28 Jun 2000

I believe it is not uncommon for people to "do things they ordinarily wouldn't do" because of love or obsession. A few years ago in my neighborhood, a guy I knew started an affair with the wife of a doctor who treated my kids a few times. The woman and her doctor husband separated and there was a very bitter custody battle. One evening the doctor answered his door and was shot and killed in a professional hit. It happened about a block from my house. After a lengthy investigation, the police arrested and a court convicted the lover for hiring the hit. He's in jail, the wife got the kids, the hitman was never caught and there's a playground named in honor of the dead doctor.

How did they convict the lover? A few months after the murder, the wife dumped the lover and he became so depressed he decided to kill himself. He wrote a suicide note confessing all and then couldn't pull the trigger. But the idiot didn't destroy the note and one day a son from his previous marriage found it and gave it to the police.

So can life sometimes resemble a James M. Cain plot? Yes.

Richard Moore

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