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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Work (07/27/06)

TITLE: Precarious and Fateful Work
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07/30/06


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Danielle had to go to work this morning and she just wasn’t up to par. She felt sick the night before and thought that she was coming down with something. She took a quick shower, put on her clothes and prepared some coffee and a roll for breakfast. Maybe then she would feel better.

Doug, her husband, was still in bed; his work schedule at the power plant didn’t begin until later. She was always the first out of bed and the first one home. She prepared a sandwich for him, filled his carafe with leftover coffee and then prepared her suitcase for the day's work, just ahead.

Working as a defense attorney was a fulfilling and creative job but sometimes the work load was just too much. She had an especially difficult trial that morning; a young man on trial for supposedly killing his mother and she was presenting her final arguments today. She felt the evidence against him was not strong enough; so she felt confident that he would be found not guilty.

After conversing with him for hours in the past four months, she felt that the young man—nineteen years old—was innocent and was set up; most likely by another family member or close friend. The mother was well liked and had supported him for years—putting him into college and giving him whatever he needed.

The trial began around nine in the morning and she presented her case forcefully and professionally. The jury looked convinced at the end and now all that was left was the jury reaching a decision.

Later in the afternoon around two, a decision was reached. John Murphy was found innocent. Everyone was relieved, especially John and Danielle.

Weeks later, after John’s release, another murder occurred. This time it was John’s brother—a brother who was much older—Peter Murphy around 25, one who had many accomplishments under his belt and was loved greatly by his mother.

Only one piece of evidence was found when Peter’s body was found…A small picture of Peter and his mother. She had her arms around him and they both looked so happy. Way in the background of the picture, almost unnoticeable to the naked eye, was a figure of another; it looked like a man and the man was scowling.

Forensics later found out several months later that the man in the background was John Murphy and that it was John who killed his mother and Peter. It was never found out why John murdered them both but when John died several years later, a diary was found and inside the diary was written ”A mother should love all of her children, not just her favorites…A mother should protect and love them all!”


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Virginia Gorg08/05/06
This could have been taken from the headline of most newspapers. Sad but true. In this line: Forensics later found out several months later - 'later' was used twice (I saw this type of wording a few other places, too). But --- nicely written.