Police Blotter Fodder
To Save Herself, She Bit the Cop on the Leg
Need an idea for a short story, blog post, or a novel? Check out the newspapers. I don’t necessarily mean the front page. The most entertaining reading comes from police blotters. The reports are a wellspring of ideas for writers. Some of them are even written tongue-and-cheek, and can I imagine the fun police detectives must have crafting those reports.
Recently, the police in a nearby city uncovered a murder-for-hire plot by an inmate in the county jail who was enlisting the help of a fellow inmate to murder the man responsible for the first guy’s incarceration. These were the instructions he gave to the would-be killer: “Wet him with gasoline; dry him with a match.” That’s a pretty good line; right out of a Mickey Spillane novel. If this guy ever went straight, he might make it as a pulp fiction writer.
Or how about this one? A few weeks ago, the police in my quiet, little town were called to a motel where a woman insisted they arrest her. She was hiding out from her ex-husband and current boyfriend who, according to the woman, were plotting to kill her. The cops explained they could not fulfill her wish because she hadn’t committed a crime. With a that’s-what-you-think attitude, she began pounding on the squad car’s windshield. When one of the officers tried to restrain her, she bit him on the leg. At least for the next few days, the woman had the protection she’d requested.
And more: Several peopled complained about a homeless man who was causing a ruckus in a downtown square. The police arrived and realized the man was arguing and shouting profanities at someone only he could see. The cops told him to apologize to his imaginary friend. He did. End of story.
Check you local police blotter. What strange tidbits can you share?