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Wonderland1981 - The Wonderland Murders

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Angels in the Smog

“History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind”

–Edward Gibbon

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June of 1981 was the hottest month in the city’s recorded history. July would be heavy with smog.

Long time money affords a change in locales – lots of cocaine to move and old habits make it hard to leave the present one. Barely a day had passed since the talk between the two men of moving away and they had settled back down into complacency, albeit a guarded one. Loose ends prevented a clean break – Drugs and valuables needed to be fenced and other technicalities existed, including a court date. There had been a promise to a bail bondsman friend to attend those proceedings. A free ride to the airport was arranged. A flight bound for Sacramento. But the ticket would go unused. An unknowing passenger, maybe on…

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