Chapter One “The Coburn Mystery” Original Draft [1988]

By June Morrall

[The year is 1919]

Andy Stirling, a personable fellow in his late 30s, was supposedly a trusted friend of Sarah Coburn. While holding court at the Elkhorn Saloon on San Gregorio St., Andy told his buddies that Wally had become unpredictable. He would get mad over nothing and start hammering nails in the walls. Andy added that the way things were going, Wally was capable of anything–even of killing his stepmother!

To bring home his point, Andy held up a pair of restraints, straps that he claimed Sarah used to restrain her stepson from harming others.


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