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Murder, I don't think so...
Henry Patterson had always been a hard working man. He worked his way up in the machine line to the most coveted job, hole borer of the famous Strike Out Bowling Company. He job demanded exact precision in the boring of the finger holes of the ball. Henry had custom made bowling balls for many professional pro bowlers. His reputation was quite good and he always delivered a perfect product.
That is why he was so very surprised when his beloved wife, Mary Lou, was killed in the manner in which she was murdered. Why would anyone want to hurt Mary Lou? He was even more shocked when the detective told him that his wife was murdered and they accused him of the heinous act. Words could not describe how torn apart Henry felt when he heard the police report.
What kind of a monster would kill his wife in the manner that she was murdered. Mary Lou was kidnapped and then she was tied to a drill press where her eyes were bored out. There were no finger prints to connect Henry to his wife's death, but the fact that it happened at his work place was rather odd. The detectives thought is was odd as well. He had been accused of murder. An unthinkable murder of his beloved wife. Henry and Mary Lou had been married for twenty years and had weathered some storms in their marriage. They always managed to mend their arguments and heal their hurt feelings. Of course he had buried his previous wife before meeting Mary Lou, but no one knew that and he kept it a secret.
Mary Lou's daughters had insisted that Henry was the murderer of their mother. They told the detective a bizarre story of their mother's marriage to Henry. How Henry had met her at the Whiskey A Go Go on the strip. How he had married her only three weeks after meeting her. How she sold everything she owned including her home and left the state with Henry. He kept her so isolated in Florida. Henry had stolen her zest for life and was always so condescending towards her. Once before, she was so sick and she needed medical attention, but he refused to take her to the doctor. The daughters were furious with him and never forgot his cruelness towards their mother.
Murder? He didn't think so. It would seem that Mary Lou had seen something she was not suppose to see. Maybe that was why her eyes where destroyed.Looking at the days events, Henry Patterson had evaded the allegations made against him. He was relieved that the jury had found him innocent. He stared at the courtroom one last time, remembering the long trial and what had been uncovered . Thankful that he was exonerated. Words could not aptly express how he felt at this very moment. Stunned, yet elated at the outcome.
After the courtroom emptied, Henry just shook his head in disbelief. What has the world come to when a man is accused of murder? When there is no solid evidence? When there is no motive?
Henry headed to the local cafe to get a bite to eat. He was flooded by photographers and news reporters. All this attention was getting under his skin. He was not guilty. Why wouldn't they leave him alone?
Frustrated, he left the cafe and headed to the first bar he came upon. Give me a bottle of whiskey. He went to the corner and sat down and began playing a game of chess.
Check Mate, Mary Lou...