By John Grisham
(Originally published in the Oxford American, www.oxfordamericanmag.com, April 1996)
The townspeople of Hernando, Mississippi, has five thousand people, more or less, and is the seat of presidential term for DeSoto County. It is peaceful and quiet, with an old courthouse in the center of the square. Memphis is only fifteen minutes away, to the north, straight up Interstate 55. To the west is adventitia County, now booming with casino fever and drawing thousands of tourists.
For 10 years I was a lawyer in Southaven, a suburb to the north, and the Hernando courthouse was my hangout. I tried many cases in the of import courtroom. I drank coffee with the courthouse regulars, ate in the small cafes virtually the square, visited my clients in the nearby jail.
It was in the courthouse that I first met Mr. observance torment. I didnt know much about him back then, unless that he was soft-spoken, exceedingly polite, always ready with a smiling and a warm greeting. In 1983, when I first announced my intentions to seek an office in the state legislature, Mr. Savage stop me in the second-floor rotunda of the courthouse and offered me his encouragement and good wishes.
A a couple of(prenominal) months later, on election night as the votes were tallied and the results announced to a bully throng camped on the courthouse lawn, it became apparent that I would win my race. Mr. Savage found me and expressed his congratulations. The people have trusted you, he said. Dont let them down.
He was active in local affairs, a devout Christian and solid citizen who believed in public good and was always ready to volunteer. For thirty years, he worked as the tutor of a cotton gin two miles outside Hernando on a highway that is heavily used by gamblers neural to get to the casinos in Tunica. Around five pm, on ring 7, 1995, someone entered Bill Savages office next to the gin, shot him doubly in the head at point-blank range, and took his wallet, which contained a few credit cards and two...If you want to get a amply essay, order it on our website: Orderessay
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