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Posted on November 17 at 10:44 a.m.
This is outstanding writing. I think the author is doing exactly what she says she is doing: Telling a story. I read curiosity there, as well as trepidation, excitement, sadness. I feel like I had a glimpse into a local boy's life who turned to crime. It's hard to see those in prison as "like us." It's scary to wonder how someone with a seemingly idyllic life can turn to such anti-social and stupid behavior. Nobody gets away with bank robbery. Duh. As a parent, I can't imagine the horror, grief and deep shame it must feel like to raise a child who ends up in prison for life. I feel guilty when my boy crashes into another soccer player. I cannot imagine what his parents have gone through and hope I never know first hand.
This is a superb story with no moral. It's just a tale of a local boy who turned to a life of crime. It's powerful in it's simplicity. If he truly is a sociopath, all the more sad.
Outstanding job, Elizabeth.
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