Body in the back yard of the rectory…

For the record: The always eager to talk neighbors (good friends) are being super evasive about the body found in what is basically the back yard of the rectory this Wednesday evening, just saying they’re not sure and running away. So, I don’t know if this was a druggie-overdose, a murder, a jihadi victim, or what. The evasiveness is really, really strange. I’m just back after some time away. That’s my alibi anyway. Of course, misplaced guilt settles in: maybe if I had not gone away this wouldn’t have happened. Maybe I could have brought about a different result… This is such a vale of tears.

For whatever reason the deceased left off this mortal coil, we say a prayer for the repose of the soul flying away: Hail Mary…

Don’t ask for whom the bell tolls, as it tolls for me, and thee…

UPDATE:  This was reported by dispatch to which chatter a parishioner was listening and reported to me an hour later, that is, just minutes after I had returned from Alabama. This kind of info can be called into dispatch by a civilian who doesn’t actually see a body, but rather a large plastic bag that is thought to look like a body. But it was just “a body” which was reported at the risk of filing a false report. If there was a body, if could have been picked up pretty quickly by the feds who don’t ever want to bother with disputes over jurisdiction when they think they evidence for a case, or… you know… for other reasons.

I went over to speak to best Chief of Police in the world this morning and we had a nice chat for a couple of hours on the more intense aspects of surveying, about possible future upgrades for the local police department facilities and a lead I had on that, about overhauling the court system and department of corrections across the country, about my upcoming call to jury duty in criminal high court, about police/civilian relations across the country, about the Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel coming up on September 29, about the Officer Down! Memorial Dinner, and many other things. At the end, he asked me about the body in back yard of the rectory. It could be that there never was one as far as he is concerned. But then we’re back to the filing the false report or the feds cleaning up one of their situations…

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8 responses to “Body in the back yard of the rectory…

  1. Liz

    Oh my, Father. Prayers for the deceased person’s soul and for you also. I don’t think you should feel any guilt whatsoever. Life sure is hard.

  2. Cathe

    It is rather shocking to hear of such news…however, in a way it is a good thing for the deceased because you are most likely to offer prayers for his/her soul and you have asked us all to also pray. The evasiveness would have me a bit concerned but people have a way of talking eventually. However, play it safe and lock your doors and windows. St. Michael has you covered…God bless you!

  3. Monica Harris

    My guess is either 1) they don’t want you to get scared and leave, because what went down was so nearby—perhaps not knowing you have no fear of things that kill the body.
    A person or persons were targeting you, and maybe your guardian angel (who can be everywhere) smote them.

    How is Laudie-dog? Did she bark?

  4. Gee Father, I thought this was going to be one of your clever titles or that this was a case of an ancient burial ground found in your yard. I guess my guardian angel and so many others directed to look after you were on their toes. Prayers for the mystery person and you. What did the police have to say?

  5. sanfelipe007

    “A person or persons were targeting you, and maybe your guardian angel (who can be everywhere) smote them.”

    Yikes! Kind of like the woman in the OT who was off-limits to all suitors (they all woke up dead) ?

  6. Nan

    I thought it was going to be a squirrel, bunny or bird.

  7. monicaharris58

    Hmm on the feds…why there?

  8. Father George David Byers

    Everything’s here: casinos with related activities, MS13, Crips & Bloods, drugs, human trafficking, really a lot of murders…

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