So these last few days were crazy. Saturday night I went to my friends house for our weekly poker game and one of our older friends was there. We used to play poker with him and his old lady for a long time. I kind of hate to say it but she was such a bitch that we stopped playing at their house a couple of years ago.
Anyway, it had been a while since I saw Larry. I shook his hand, which is kind of out of character for me. He seemed to be in a good mood and we all sat there bullshitting with the local police chief. It's a small close knit community where pretty much everyone knows everyone. We tried to get Larry to sit down with us and join the tournament but he said something along the lines of "naw, she'll be sleeping when I get home anyway, so I'll just head back home".
I wasn't aware that they were having problems, and I wasn't aware that he was on a 3 day binge at that time. There's no doubt that they have had problems on and off for several years. They have been together for at least the 17 years that their kid has been around. Larry always seemed to be in a good mood, outgoing, talkative and helpful. Jewel, on the other hand, the majority of time was an obnoxious loudmouth, hateful and hurtful bitch. She always had something bad to say and rarely showed a nice side to anyone.
On Monday around 2:00 in the afternoon something finally snapped. Apparently Larry stabbed Jewel repeatedly in the chest. She ran out of the house and died in the middle of the street in front of some neighborhood children. The police chief, who had just been hanging out with us a couple of night ago, attempted to revive her but could not help. He cuffed Larry and was left to deal with everything before anyone else showed up.
Now their son has lost his mother and father in one moment of madness. He has already had behavioral problems and there's no telling what will become of him now. I have mixed emotions about the entire affair. In hindsight, of course, it's easy to say that they should have just split up and gone about their lives. As I stated before, he was always a nice guy when I saw him but I wasn't aware of his binge drinking other than when his brother died a couple of years ago. The news made her out to be a saint, of course, but everyone knows better. She was not the kind of person you would want to hang out with but she did not deserve to die.
His 5 day binge has ended and I wonder if he knows what he did yet? She's dead. He's as good as dead.