The Outlaw Brother in Hell

May 13, 2009

I affectionately refer to my daughter’s partner (birth mother of the delightful Random Granddaughter) as her out of law partner because the two co-moms have chosen not to try to form a “gay marriage” or even a civil union, though they have taken careful steps to put their family on a solid legal basis. (For example, my daughter has changed her last name to her partner’s name and has legally adopted RG. Although dad [sperm donor] remains involved in RG’s life, he has given up his legal rights to claim “dadship.”)

Mark’s brother in law was legal in law but apparently a creep in the family, legal or not.

Unfortunately, Mark’s genetic younger brother was a brother-in-law but also an outlaw, as I shall relate in story #3.

I don’t know how much the mental illness of their mother contributed to the situation, but Mark’s brother grew up to be a career criminal. He already had two “strikes” (arrests and convictions for serious crimes in the state of Washington) at the time the story takes place, meaning that another conviction would have lead to life in prison.

One day Mark received a phone call from his criminal brother’s cell phone. His brother told him that he had been in an auto accident and he needed Mark to come to the location of the accident immediately. The call made no sense to Mark, but he followed instructions.

He found his brother’s car off the road, rolled over in a ditch. He brother was trapped inside and badly injured. Mark didn’t understand why his brother hadn’t called 911 on his cell phone, but the brother gasped out that he needed Mark to remove a gun hidden in the car and dispose of it before he called an AID unit. Mark followed the instructions and took the gun out of the car, called Rescue, and left the scene and disposed of the gun before the AID car, ambulance, and most crucial (to his brother) police arrived.

After being rescued, Mark’s brother wasn’t arrested for being a felon in possession of a gun (which would have been the third strike on his criminal record and led to a life sentence) but he was now a paraplegic. So he wasn’t a prisoner for life, in the legal system but now he’s a prisoner for life in the medical system.

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5 Responses to “The Outlaw Brother in Hell”

  1. woo Says:

    Some people’s lives are far too exciting. May heaven preserve me from living in such interesting times.

  2. modestypress Says:

    I agree, woo. On the whole, my life has been quiet and pleasant, but I have been on the edge of some events that easily could have been too interesting.

  3. David Says:

    In some sick way, that almost seems like poetic justice.

  4. modestypress Says:

    David, it was hard to tell, as Mark told the story in a very restrained, low-key sort of way, but I suspect he felt some guilty relief that he did not have to worry any more about his brother going on crime screes with weapons.


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