INHERITABLY MURDEROUS – Chapter 09: TOTAL RECALL

Suddenly Lauren realized that the deaths went back before her own generation. Lauren’s parents had died when they fell into a well on the farm her three brothers, one sister and her grew up on. Another questionable incident occurred when her brother Leonard and his then girlfriend Wendy were forbidden to marry at a young age Wendy’s parents Nicholas and Samantha were trampled underfoot by horses on their farm when someone left the paddock gate open and the horses were spooked. So both sets of Ellen’s grandparents died in unusual ways before Ellen was even born.

Actually it made her question every death in the family, Lauren’s brother Glen’s 1st wife died in a boating accident on a nice sunny day on a calm lake. And then there was her brother Rick’s common-law girlfriend and their two boys who died in a house fire. Rick was conveniently out at the bar with his buddies and he crashed on his friend’s couch. Lauren knew Rick had started screwing around on his wife one night stands at first then he fell for a beautiful down to earth woman and suddenly he wanted to start over. Rick collected house insurance for the fire and three life insurance policies and he remarried a woman named Brenda. Even her sister Courtney seemed guilty of an unfathomable act. She got pregnant when she was seventeen and the bastard of a father refused to have anything to do with her so she went on welfare and lived in a mold ridden, rat infested boarding house with barely enough money to feed her baby boy who so resembled the prick who got her knocked up that Courtney resented and even hate him. One morning she woke up and the baby was dead it was at a time that crib death was not uncommon. She had taken out life insurance on the child a month ago but no-one questioned the grieving mother.

On Wendy’s side her sister Janice lost three husbands one to being hit by a bus, one fell into a manhole, and one to a hunting accident. It was very suspicious that the woman was present on all three occasions but police really felt they were all accidents. Wendy’s sister Shelley had a lesbian lover when she was young who hung herself when she got the girl drunk, had sex with her, and secretly video-taped it to later blackmail her with. Her brother Graham the cop didn’t have any dead ex-wives or children but he did have bad luck with his pets. As a child their family pets met unfortunate ends and as an adult all of his animals either ran away, were badly injured, or found dead.

The slow realization that her own family and the in-laws were all a bunch of murdering psychos collecting money from the wills and leaving a trail of mutilated corpses behind made Lauren want to hurl no wonder why Ellen turned out to be a psychotic killing machine it was in her blood. Then suddenly Lauren began to shake as a deeply buried memory came rushing to the surface of her mind. What about the time that Lauren’s great-grandparents died when she went camping with them. The block holding the camper in place “slipped” and the camper rolled down hill over the edge into a steep canyon where it exploded on impact. A vision of her standing in the rain holding the blocks in her hands peering over the edge slammed into her like a mac truck. “No not me too, she screamed in her mind tears streaming down her cheek, not me too!” What about the one boyfriend she had in high school… he died of an over-dose or her best friend that was hit by a train when crossing the tracks and her foot got stuck. It was more than Lauren could bear.

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