The Old Write What You Know Gambit

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Cellblock of Kilmainham prison in Ireland

Recently I read about the former mayor of a major city in the southern United States who was sentenced to ten years in prison. I’m not familiar with the case, although I have visited that city on a  couple of occasions. But what caught my (call it naive) attention was how someone in such a position of trust can betray that trust.

And then I thought for a while and it quite suddenly occurred to me that I personally know four, maybe five, people who as I write this are serving time in prison. Five different crimes; five different prisons; five cases of trust being violated. Some I knew fairly well, one or two less so, but I knew them.

The more I thought about it, the more I thought about it. Their convictions range from murder (One), theft (Two), larceny (One) and child pornography (One).

I think I’ve found something about four of them to write about.




About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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