We’re making the assumption that this ritzy part of town is the perfect place for our next heist to go down. Jimmy has it in his noggin that we’ve gotta hit the best, so it should be the penthouse. We should forget all the rest. But I think he’s a blockhead. We should choose another floor. Penthouses have alarms in every room, on every door. So we settle on the first floor, but still wind up in jail, and I’m in here for the long term ’cause I cannot meet my bail. The docs have sewn up gashes on my arm and my left calf, but my wounds don’t equal Jimmy’s, not even by a half And when he pays his own bail, he tells me,”Go to the Devil.” I forgot folks with the biggest dogs live on the lowest level.
I am so relieved to report that one of the men responsible for my friends’ death has been apprehended and is in jail. They are presently in pursuit of his brother, who reportedly assisted in the robbery and murder. The American Consul has assured us that our region of Lake Chapala is not on the “Do Not Travel” list and that they consider this to be an isolated incident and not of danger to travelers and residents. The chief of police assured us that this was a robbery, not a revenge killing, and that Nina and Edward’s deaths were swift and that they did not suffer unduly. The robbers were unaware of their presence in the house and when they discovered their presence, they killed them out of fear of being recognized and caught. We are all so sad about the death of our friends but also anxious that people not panic over this horrible act which echoes so many other violent actions in the world. The poem that I published in my last blog seems to be all the more true at this point. Nina was a happy person who loved Mexico. She would be the last to want people to live in fear. I saw Edward a few days before his death and we had a discussion about his family’s fears about his return to Mexico, given his health issues. One of the last comments that passed between us was our agreement that it does no good to live in fear–that we must live the lives we want to live for as long as we can. Edward lived up to this declaration.