Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Part 6: The time I thought Jamie was dead

“[Stonie’s] diary, found days later, included a list of people he threatened to kill.” – chron.com

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3 days later:

“Hello, ossifers! I almost said ‘officers.’ Ossifers. I mean I’m the one who called about the window watch your step there. Thanks sorry. Harry Hamid yes absolutely but the apartment and the window are up h-here, here, second floor, offsif… everything is on the second floor except my girlfriend why I called she’s missing watch your step. The cats are still there though they sent four of you – three, four, yes – because the murderer lived’s’s in that one you know about the kill list right? Was I on the kill list, no, right? Harry Hamid? You’d have to tell me, right? – rules, I’m right, right? Sorry really if I’m babbling, f-fight or the flight – you know! – and aluminum and I do not make apologies for natural body responses. Bodily. I’m shaking! Look!

“Look, the window is here like this and he could be anywhere, like a perimeter maybe? There’s four of you. Someone strong broke in like that, right, and she’s missing and she was involved with him. No, no, not with the murders I mean like romantically you know. Yes, my girlfriend. Yes, I mean, yes. Like that. Of course.

“This bottle, here, he touched this bottle. I saw him. You can get fingerprints off this bottle if you need – what? Off what? My g- how could you get his fingerprints off my girlfr – ooh. Oh, I get it haha yes I get it. Because they…

“No, it’s not ransacked, it always looked like this. I know. No. You want me to stay out here? The blood on the kitchen wall was already there! If you find her body in there – her, Jamie – ((sniffle)) don’t tell me, I can’t – or tell me, you have done this or you’re trained, what’s the best way like preparation in case yes or no? She loved animals and I love her and I don’t know if I can find another girlfriend.

“I can give you a list of places and her job and the bottle and her diary to help find-”

The officer put his hand on my shoulder. He said, “Sir, can I get you to be quiet for just a moment?”

He leaned over the railing and said, “Yes ma’am?”

It was a little girl’s voice, not a ma’am. “Are you looking for that lady that lives there?”

All four of the officers stepped up. “Have you seen her?”

The little girl went on. “I saw her drunk and she fell out of her car. She locked her keys in her car and got mad. Then she went up the stairs and broke her window. But she fell down again and again and she couldn’t climb in.”

The officer said, “Did you see where she went after that?”

The little girl pointed. “She’s asleep in the big laundry room we all use.”

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They found Stonie’s body down by the coast the next day. They said he’d been dead for some time.

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“Part 1: A true crime story” is HERE.
“Part 2: A boy who killed some people” is HERE.
“Part 3: The other voice” is HERE.
“Part 4: Stonie’s bottle” is HERE.
“Part 5: Murder in Montrose” is HERE.

- This is a news article about Stonie and the murders. 

34 comments:

  1. There's an art to talking to the cops, and it never seems like you can really be in good form for it whenever you really need to talk to them.

    -Doug in Oakland

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    1. I'm a lawyer; I'm supposed to be able to think under pressure.

      I might not have sounded this bad, I guess, but close. I sounded like one of my clients.

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    2. My mom was a legal secretary and my sister is a paralegal. Been around lawyers since I was this tall. Still find it best policy to shut the fuck up until whatever police business is being transacted is finished. If nothing else I try to not look like work to be done to the cops.

      -Doug in Oakland

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    3. Hi, Doug! If this happened today, I suspect I'd stay out of their way. I was a bit more of a hothead back then. It's amazing how well age chills you out...

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  2. I had that old Lobo song Stoney playing in my head all through this:

    Stoney
    Happy all the time
    Stoney
    Life is summertime
    The joy you find in living every day
    (When you take pregnant threesomes' lives away)

    *What? If the couple of pregnant, isn't the unborn kid too?

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    1. Yes, I've always wondered what constitutes a "mass murderer." Is four enough? Because if you count himself, the couple,and the baby, he killed four people.

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  4. Wow, what an ending. And I love your conversation with the police. Like Doug said, I don't think there's any graceful way to talk to the police, even if you're not the one in trouble.

    No, it’s not ransacked, it always looked like this. I feel that. I really feel that. If a police officer ever walked into my house to assess a crime, they'd invariably ask what the hell happened here, with their face wrinkled in disgusted shock, and I'd have to explain that I wasn't robbed, I'm just a lazy, disgusting pig.

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    1. I'm going to have one last part to wrap things up, I believe.

      The air conditioning in my townhome went out last August (in Houston!). I waited two whole months to call the landlord because I didn't want anyone seeing my place like this.

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  5. I'm not sure where the little girl came from, but her answers were admirably lucid.

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    1. You're just saying that because she is so much more coherent than I was.

      There is always a little girl, ready to report it all, when someone is passed out in an apartment complex laundry room. Plenty of great people throughout history have been found passed out in apartment complex laundry rooms...

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  6. That's intense. The timing of Jamie's drunken adventure couldn't have been more concerning, but luckily it revealed itself quickly enough.

    "as autobiographical as possible"
    Damn that's... beyond rough. ):

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    1. Hey, Fang. Jamie had a rough few weeks after the Stonie thing. I'm actually not entirelysure how long it took her to get back on track.

      I am doing remarkably well at keeping things around here non-fiction. I might focus more on topics and less on stories for a while after I finally finish this story.

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  7. Next time check the laundry room first...but....where did the blood come from?

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    1. As absurd as this sounds, it was already there when she moved in.

      Now, I don't think I would have moved into an apartment with blood on the wall, but it apparently was not a dealbreaker for her.

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  8. I really like the oblique, indirect way you've told this story, so suitable to your own peripheral, tangential relationship to it. I went back and read the previous 5 parts over again. The little girl is Mad Slaughter, isn't she?

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    1. I just have one more part to go! I am mostly just impressed that I've managed to continue writing it; I am infamous for quitting in the middle of these things.

      I will not confirm your excellent thoery, although I am grateful you read closely enough to come up with it!

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  9. I can't imagine you talking crap when you write the way you do. But I'm sure you did find another girlfriend.

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    1. Ha! "I don't know if I can find another girlfriend" seems like the worst reason for not wanting one's girlfriend to get murdered.

      Jamie stuck around another 9 years after that. I haven't been in anything very serious since then.

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  10. The conclusion made me blink a few times. Well, the conclusion to this part. Wow. Life can be weird. And death... much, much weirder.

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    1. Yes, it is a very different thing when it is real and not something theoretical, isn't it?

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  11. Missing, blood on the wall, sure looks like an abduction. I wonder if the little girl's eye witness help inspired her to follow other criminal investigations. Even though I dislike the attention criminals get I do understand the attraction of finding out the motive/thinking behind the crime. Society has a long history of being enthralled and disgusted by violent crime.

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    1. I think part of it is that most of us live within such tight routines, and the threat or reality of violent crime kind of shakes that up. You're sitting in traffic for 3 hours and even ths idea of someone out there being prepared to crash through the rest of you violently mmakes you think outside those lines for a minute.

      I'm probably overthinking it. Maybe it's just that violence on tv makes your heart rate go up. I don't know.

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  12. craze i guess this is the first time u succedded in ur quest to complete a long series,great.though i came only in naz blog i have almost read every story of katy but i do is ignorant of adri.I like this stonie character.He is melancholic and this blog is so humorous and the ending is great.

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    1. Well, I'm not done yet, but thanks, Arun.

      I'm going to finish this one even if I destroy my entire reader base in the process. Oh, and there might be a nuclear war going on by the time I'm finished. But by God, I'm fnishing it.

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  13. What a twist! So did she kill him? Just passed out? Dead?

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    1. Hi, Alice!

      It looked like he took his own life a few hours after the other shootings. I guess the murders started to look like they might have been a poor life choice.

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  14. Great story, sorry I haven't been better on the comments. My daughter has kept me busy over her spring break.

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    1. That's more than okay. I've been sick for a week and haven't been around much. Your excuse at least sounds like more fun.

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  15. This is crazy Harry!!! I have been reading your comments, there is more??? I can't believe you actually lived through this! I would have been freaking out, well, I guess you were too! LOL!

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    1. Hi, Stacy.

      One of the reasons I never wrote this story back when I was writing fictional characters was that no one would have believed it. I had to wait until I could link over to the real newspaper articles.

      Bad stuff.

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  16. That's pretty creepy. I had an apartment ransacked once and that sucked. Fortunately no bodies were involved.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I've been fortunate. My neighborhood is no stranger to crime, but apparently my place doesn't look like it's worth the effort.

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