January 20, 2009


The Judge took the bench and the dock started to fill up with prisoners waiting to be arraigned. Arthur seemed to snap out of it. “Her name was Imelda. What she was doing with Joker who could imagine? A real nice girl. She had to nudge Joker to death before he agreed to have their little girl baptized. She threatened to take the baby to the church by herself if he wouldn’t come. Joker would never let her go outside by herself – ever. She literally could not go out without him. She said it was like being in a prison. So they went to the church. It was on Christmas Day. There was nobody there but the new priest and there was no way he was going to do the baptism but she started crying and the priest agreed to perform the ceremony if they paid the $50 in cash, no checks, no cards.”
“So what’s the problem? Sounds like the perfect alibi? I’m already dismissing the case.”
Arthur wasn’t amused. “The problem, boychik, is that Joker stood outside on the front stairs of the church so he wouldn’t be deprived of his cigarettes. Joker didn’t drink but he sure needed his heroin and his cigarettes. And also, according to Imelda, Joker did not like churches.”
I couldn’t believe Arthur was so serious about it – like what was he going to do with that as an alibi?

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