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139. Body in a Barrel (2)
Russell closed the tailgate of the pickup and
drove to the dock. It was a cold
, and it was raining. They transferred the barrel
the back of Russell’s 25-foot fishing boat. The
was named “Staci,” although it had first been
"Kathy," and then “Beverly,” after Russell’s first two
. Russell steered the boat into the gulf. An
later, after some slipping and grunting and lifting,
managed to dump the barrel overboard. George told
that it had become a “three case” job.
chuckled and said no problem.
Russell stopped at
supermarket on the way home, and they put
cases of cold Bud into the bed of
pickup. Russell opened a case and pulled out
cans, and they drank them on the way
to the house in the warmth of the
George called Staci a few days later, because
wanted to borrow some money from her. Russell
that Staci was gone.
“What do you mean, ‘
’”? George asked. Russell said that Staci had left
for another man, and she had moved out
the city. George thought that was very odd;
because Russell was a policeman, George believed him.
asked Russell if he could borrow $300 so
he could spend the weekend in Las Vegas.
said no problem.
Before leaving, George called his
to tell her about Staci. When he returned
Vegas, George saw his sister’s face on the
TV news. Under her picture was the word “
.” The TV reporter said that Kathy, Russell’s first
, had been accidentally shot to death while turkey
with Russell six years ago. Beverly, Russell’s second
, had accidentally drowned in her bathtub three years
. George, now suspicious, put down his beer. He
the police. The officer asked if she could
him on hold for a second. George said