A Life Ordinary

8 Jan

Standing in front of Francisco Goya’s “The Shooting of May Third 1808,” Mickey Metzger thought of two things.
His twin sister Anne-Marie in Petoskey, Michigan would need a check for six hundred and thirty-two dollars to pay for the second trimester abortion.
He would have to personally hand write a letter to the mother.

Dear Mrs. Metzger,

Your son John Joseph was executed by lethal injection at 12:02 a.m. Tuesday, January 8 after his final appeal for a stay was denied by the Supreme Court. The execution was carried out by the state of North Carolina with a certified physician applying a combination of ultrashort-acting barbiturate thiopental, the neuromuscular blocker pancuronium bromide, and the electrolyte potassium chloride. An anesthesiologist was also present. Your son was pronounced dead at 12:09. There was no apparent problem and John Joseph seemed to die quite easily. At first he raised his head, clenched his fist, and seemed to yawn or gasp before passing into unconsciousness. For his final meal, he requested meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and a can of Olympia beer. His dessert was a slice of apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

John Joseph’s body will be kept at the morgue of Davidson Correctional Center for two days while you and your family make arrangements for the burial. If you need any assistance, the Center can provide the family with a list of local funeral homes.

In closing, I would like to offer my condolences for your personal loss. I would also like you to know that I will miss my brother just as much as you will miss your son.

Mickey Metzger
Nightshift Supervisor, Corrections
Davidson Correctional Center
Lexington, North Carolina


2 Responses to “A Life Ordinary”

  1. Slyboots 08/01/2008 at 3:35 PM #

    OOOOh….topical. And with Oly. Now with pull tabs.

    At first I thought the letter was referring to the abortion. Then I figured it out. Very swift, am I…heh heh heh.

  2. (S)wine 08/01/2008 at 3:41 PM #

    “Olympia Beer–It’s the Water!”
    Founded by Leopold Schmidt, a German immigrant living in Montana.

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