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 problem.