November 30, 2012

Well, THAT'S Just Creepy...

Yesterday, as I took a break at the Duck U Bookstore, I happened to glance at a copy of the local newspaper... and promptly my bill hit the floor.  Gathering it up, I read the article again... and felt my feathery heart sink.

For much of the past month or so, there's been a terrible story coming out about a young woman who was murdered and her body dumped in the local river.  Of course, the husband was suspected... they always are... but from what I'd been able to glean, the police didn't have enough proof to file charges.

Well, the other day the police DID charge the young woman's husband with first degree murder.  The newspaper put his picture on the front page... which is why my bill hit the floor.

I knew him.

Heck, I worked with him for a year.  It's been maybe 15 years since I last saw the guy, when I walked out of RadioShanty to take over my bookstore, but I spent plenty of time at work with him before that.  And he was just a regular guy.

To say that I was more than a little weirded out is an understatement.  Still am, truth be told.  15 years changes a person, to be sure... I'm not the same duck I was when I was 29, after all... but one never expects to hear that someone you knew may be a murderer.

Here's something to get that thought out of your head: Nori-chan in a cow suit!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 07:57 PM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 The first time I experienced that feeling was when my Cub Scout den leader shot her husband. The second was Hans Reiser. I'm hoping there won't be a third.


Posted by: J Greely at December 01, 2012 12:20 AM (2XtN5)

2 The ex-wife of one of my co-workers was found dead this morning. No details yet, just "He left early"...

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at December 01, 2012 04:16 AM (pWQz4)

3 *nod* I know how you feel.  I attended high school, and was an aquaintance of a certain young female marine who was well known for conspiring to kill another girl with her boyfriend.   It still weirds me out a little, as I remember eating lunch and chatting with her and friends in high school.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at December 01, 2012 09:28 AM (T5fuR)

4 There was a cartoon with Bugs Bunny and Witch Hazel, and at one point Bugs muses, "It may be hard to believe, but she was somebody's baby once."

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 01, 2012 10:33 AM (uNl21)

5 Apparently this is more common than I thought...I had a similar experience to yours, WD, though a little more immediate.  Several years ago a co-worker just didn't show up for work one day, and no one would really talk about why.  Turns out he was gone because he was on trial in another state.  I won't go into why, save that it was very serious and he definitely did it.  I didn't even find out what it was all about until several months later - I happened to be on vacation in the same area he was being tried in and caught a radio broadcast about his conviction.

Posted by: Tagmec at December 01, 2012 08:57 PM (/63nx)

6 If you had told me that there'd be this many people saying "me too!" to this post, I'd've been very sad.

I am very sad.

Posted by: Wonderduck at December 01, 2012 09:10 PM (LbiZL)

7 An artist I used to know from the convention circuit (not a good friend, and definitely an odd individual) got busted for Kiddie Porn a month or so ago.  I knew he was not entirely right, but not THAT far wrong.  Reportedly it was pretty nasty stuff too.

Posted by: Mauser at December 02, 2012 08:51 AM (cZPoz)

8 A human being has the capacity, at any moment, to act like a saint or like Stalin. Unfortunately, we don't always choose the former, and we often choose the latter. This is the down side of free will.

Posted by: Maureen O'Brien at December 03, 2012 05:43 PM (cvXSV)

9 I may be just the only other guy (or duck) here who khows who Hans Reiser is.

BTW, one Mr. F., who worked at my department as a research faculty and was fairly instrumental in my early development as a programmer, ended hitting a co-worker with an axe (we lived in a country where guns were strictly banned), then hanging himself. I have a memento from him: a whitepaper on a new OS he was developing at this new job, printed on a matrix printer. It was back when it wasn't obvious that we'll have Linux taking over everything and making other OSes rather moot (except Windows and OSX/iOS, of course: I mean OS that a man can write). The project had a lot of merit for the time.

On the other side, one of my close friends from school ended falling under a train under suspicious circumstances. Probably was pushed as a practical joke or in a mugging scuffle. It was that kind of neighbourhood.

Posted by: Pete at December 03, 2012 11:32 PM (RqRa5)

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