We've arrived in Leavenworth. Somewhat appropriately, we arrived during the first official day of summer, the longest day of the year. Somehow, I thought this would be like the last two - that whatever happens would happen after we arrive. But I was wrong.
The headline for today's local newspaper: PRISONER KILLED IN MAXIMUM SECURITY.
A local prisoner by the name of Wayne Hickson was eviscerated, with all his internal organs removed. Hickson had been convicted of the murder of two children a few months ago and hadn't been released to general population yet. It wasn't hard to put two and two together: child killer plus evisceration equals the Jabberwock.
Problem was, there were no witnesses. Hickson was killed in his room. There's no security camera inside. Nothing to see. No one to interview.
So now the question becomes: why are we here?
-- Carol Baker