What follows is just one part of an ongoing survival fiction series written by John Rourke and has been published on Amazon. It is being made available here for free. A new entry is published every day. The story is written in a daily journal format.
August 14th Bill confesses…..
Bill and I drove over to get more water and discuss a few things with the folks on Walnut Street. While we were filling some of the containers we started talking. Something popped in my head -not sure why. I asked him what happened to all the prisoners at Moss JusticeCenter where he worked as a Correction Officer.
Bill looked at me very strangely and asked me what I meant. I said that since the officers slowly stopped coming to work – as well as himself – what happened to the prisoners? He looked at me again and his chin started quivering. I walked over to him, putting my hand on his shoulder – told him that he didn’t need to tell me but if he wanted to I would listen.
Bill spilled it. He described the situation as himself and a few other officers showed up the last day. They all talked about filling their vehicles from the facility pumps with gas – and heading home to stay. The violence and gang activity was getting too severe and the priority needed to be with their families. I agreed as he continued.
Bill said that they scavenged numerous supplies, filled their tanks – and discussed what to do with the 185 prisoners left inside. The decision was made to let most of them go. I asked him what he meant by most of them. He said the few that were accused of murder, sexual crimes involving children, and rape – they never left. Tears streamed down his face. I told him it was OK and he could stop. He said he wanted to talk and that he has not told a soul since that day. He said there were six inmates identified that their crimes could not justify their being released. He said they were all killed, and he hung his head.
Bill went on to say that only three officers had shown up the last day and they each took two inmates. He said he lays awake hearing the begging from two inmates that he killed. Bill said they all had talked and with what was going on – what if they released them and they ended up raping, or killing someone else. What if they hurt a member of our family? He said they did what they felt like they had to do but they were not happy about it.
I told Bill decisions likely could not get much tougher than that and I did not look at him any different. I told him that he is a good Father and he was looking out for his own kids as well others.
He looked up at me and asked, ‘What if they were innocent?”
I had no response.
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