I was raised on a farm.
From the time I was nine years of age we milked cows by hand, night and morning before school, seven days a week . We sold milk to the cheese factory in Greenwood Arkansas. Bedtime was 8:00 pm year around. The only time I was allowed to stay up past 8:00 pm was like the nights our FFA chapter would catch a broiler house full of chickens for forty dollars for the FFA treasury.
I was unable to play sports in school as most of the games were in the evenings or overlapped the evening hours. During the daytime physical exercise class, the coach would show the soles of my bare feet to others, commenting how tough the soles were. I took typing class the last two years of high school to avoid the sports classes since I could not play the games.
In my early years, during the summers I rode in the back of a truck with others to the bean fields on the Arkansas River to pick green beans. In the fall I dragged a cotton sack right along side the black folks. We cut spinach on weekends in the colder weather and in the winter I ran a trap line and ate some of the catch. Possums were good but greasy. Racoon meat was bland. We did not have any bar-b-que sauce back then. My mother cooked part of a six foot gar one time that we could not eat. It tasted like creosote smells. That was about the only thing that we ran down but could not eat.
As I grew older I worked with a crew hauling hay, stacking square bales in those hot, dusty barns. My last two summers during high school I rode the sled behind the hay baler, stacking square bales on the sled in stacks of about twenty or twenty-four bales and shoving the stack off the sled by pulling a crowbar from the baler and ramming the crow bar into the soil between the middle boards and walking to the back of the sled.
In the flooded bottoms along the James Fork River, the dust was so thick at times from the dried mud from the overflowing river that I could not see the edge of the sled. Those old seresa bales were so heavy the strings would break as the bale dropped out the end of the baler. On the praries, it was so hot and when the baler would break down, the only shade was up under the baler. It was hard to breathe under there with all the heat and pollen while the boss went to town for a part.
After graduation from high school, the baler guy who had employed me, called me, saying he could not get anyone to ride the sled and that I had to come back down there and ride the sled for him. I said no. Now that I had an education I was going to get a good job. I had already said I would never chase another cow or swing another bale of hay.
The James Fork River, we called it the Jim Fork, ran through our farm and would overflow the banks and flood the bottoms with the slightest rain on the head waters over in Arkansas. Invariably the cows would be on the other side and in danger of drowning if the water got too high and pushed them up against the fence. Cows aint good at treading water. They had to be brought back. I had a spot on the bank where I would jump in and swim to the other side, through the logs and trash and whatever coming down the flooded river, doing a lot of thrashing to spook the snakes. I would come out on the other side a hundred feet or so down the river and run the cows back over. Then I had to swim back through that muddy mess.
Later on my father bought this unbroke stud who sailed me through the air across the backs of cows several times and tried to scrape me off his back by running under low hanging limbs but it was a lot easier riding the stud and letting him swim the raging river. That stud could run faster sideways than he could forward which was proven whenever a covey of quail flushed and he left me sitting in mid air. It was dang near impossible to stay on that English saddle which was like a flat pancake.
It wasn't all fun though. Once a brother and I were helping a neighbor catch a wild cow which inhabited the land between us and the neighbor. The people who owned the land had sold all the cows and moved to town, leaving this one cow they had been unable to catch. This old cow had had a calf every year which the neighbor had sold and for some reason the neighbor wanted to catch the cow and sell her too.
I was laid back on a mare, watching the neighbor push the wild cow out of some thick brush when a hoof came flying past my head. The brother who was on the stud, just slid off the rear end of the stud and left me between two horses making love. I had a race with the stud down to the river which cooled the stud's amorous advances. We did get the FFA teacher to fix the stud after that experience.
After high school, I rode a bus to town where they put me to work in a bakery making doughnuts and pastries all night, and delivering them to the outlet stores starting about three o'clock in the morning. I had never been allowed to drive anyone's vehicle and so I had never learned to drive. At the bakery I was asked if I could drive and I said sure. The guy who rode with me showing me the route had several near heart attacks while I was jumping curbs, driving on the wrong side of the street and such. He told the boss that I was busting tires on the curbs. The boss called the service station who said there was a nail in that tire, so I was saved. There was no traffic on the streets at that hour of the night so I lucked out there too.
Back when I was attending the tenth grade in high school, a female teacher setup the boys in our class to have an outdoor evening party about dark with girls from the seventh or eighth grade. We were paired up with girls and did the walk in the dark thing. We did not know what to do as it made us feel like pedophiles They were just too young.
About that same time, during the fall of the year, nice weather, a friend came to me and told me that some boys in the senior class were going to have a party with some girls down on the Jim Fork. We lived on a hill above the Jim Fork. Just before dark I met the friend at the crossing and followed him another quarter mile up the creek to an area across the creek from a road and a clearing on the other side. We sat down to wait. It was like sitting on bleachers as the rock was stair stepped up from the creek. I was ready for the show.
It was not long until we saw about four sets of headlights coming down the road on the other side of the creek and about four couples, maybe five, got out of the cars, lit the fire and started roasting marshmallows. Shoot, I was enjoying the party until I saw who the girls were. With the fire I could see that the girls were from my class and the boys were older seniors. To me this was not right. This was wrong. I now figger this had been setup by the same female teacher.
The marshmallow roast did not last long at all. Under the blankets they went and the show stopped. What!? I was getting more depressed by the minute. My friend was excited. He crossed the creek and crawled up the other side close to the fire and threw in a fire cracker. Bang! Another firecracker. Bang! One of the older boys said, "You all quit that." Another firecracker. Bang! You all quit that. We are not doing that. Bang! WHO IS DOING THAT! Out from under the blankets they came, all standing, staring into the dark directly in my direction. They never saw my friend who was laying at their feet. Into the cars they went and down the road they went.
Walking back out my friend was so excited he built a fire and went crazy. I was so depressed about what I had seen I could not say anything. The next day I was sworn to silence by the friend who told me those old boys knew someone had interrupted their sex party and they were out for blood. I never told anyone.
This changed my relationship with the girls in my class. To me they were like old women after that. It really threw me for a loop.
Being the next to last in a family of nine children I witnessed first hand the fighting, divorcing, and "I'll get the shotgun and shoot the SOB" of my older siblings, so I did not entertain a view of marriage as a stable environment. It was probably those Baptist preachers who convinced me that divorced people go to hell when they die and I sure did not want to go there. Years later I told my wife I did not want to have children because I was afraid they might turn out to be like my brothers and sisters. Well too, the babies that a sister left with us after marrying an old bigamist who got to her. The babies got trench mouth from crawling on the floor where we had tracked cow manure into the house on our shoes. That was another mess.
After high school I wandered through life for a few years, trying to avoid marriage and divorce and all that goes with that. Having to pay rent and buy my own groceries, I could not afford college and nobody would co-sign for me. I worked uptown, got drafted into the army, drove a truck cross-country and so forth until I applied and was accepted by a police department.
About the second week into the police academy, I was approached by a fellow cadet who got right to inquiring about my sex life. I told him I was seeing a girl I had met at the laundromat. After that he continually sought me out and greeted me as the laundromat casanova. This guy really took an interest in me. Really pushy.
After some time out of the academy in the field, the dispatcher, ole nervous bug eyes, gave me a telephone number to call one night on the midnight shift. I assumed it was business but it turned out to be the sister of the fellow cadet from the police academy. She got the promise out of me to come by her house the next evening. I drove out to a park and we sat on the swings as I was very sleepy. She was divorced with two small children and an ex-husband. Just the type of situation I had always tried to avoid.
After that I could not get away from her. I made up all kind of excuses. If I said my car was broke she would come by and pick me up. She was on me like stink on you know what.
I was still in my probationary year with the police department and could be fired without cause. I walked a fine line because her father had retired from the police department and she now had three brothers as police officers and I could not afford any trouble with them. At times I would act like an idiot and I even tried to gross her out. No luck.
To show how gross I can be, I recall an incident where a neighbor's bull had an abscess on his neck the size of a soccer ball from being hooked by the horn of a cow we speculated. The neighbor called the veterinarian. The neighbors had to go to work so I waited for Doctor John and took him to the bull. Doctor John was a huge black man and the strongest man I had ever seen. I had previously witnessed Doctor John manhandle livestock.
Doctor John roped the big bull, walked around a tree and pulled the bull up to the tree. He then took a knife, cut the abscess and there must have been a gallon of the pus and corruption poured out on the ground. Doctor John said he needed to talk to my mother in case I sneaked out of the house with a pan of hot biscuits next morning to sop up this gravy. There were red spots in the pus and corruption on the ground and I said that looked like red peppers in the gravy and that would be really good on hot biscuits. I thanked him for putting me on to this and continued describing the gravy. I asked doctor John not to step in the gravy as I needed to run back to the house and get a pan to save a bunch in. Doctor John had stopped talking and when I looked at Doctor John, he looked sick. He looked like he was about to throw up. I stopped.
Whenever someone tried to gross me out I grossed that person out. I always won out until this divorcee. I could not gross her out. She had a one-track mind.
One night she picked me up and took me to her residence where she told me that we were going to get married. She said she could not have any more children but that I would be happy raising her children.
Where is the door? I had already told her that she needed to go back to her husband. I dont know where he lived but he worked not far away.
Her house was on the north side of town and my apartment was on the south side of town. I walked while she followed me in her car all the way across town. After that she stalked me. I would turn around and see her. The phone in the apartment would ring, ring, ring. Silence or some girl I had never heard of. I was living with two other guys who were perturbed by the ringing and would shout at me to answer the phone. I would tell them you answer it. You know who it is.
On the police department there were other matchups of other single guys with divorcees with children and ex-husbands. The place was like a re-marriage bureau for informants. While on a fishing trip, one police supervisor extolled the virtues of a thrice married divorcee with a house full of children and at least a couple of live ex-husbands. Later, this angry divorcee told me that she was supposed to have gotten this one guy instead of this other divorcee with children and an ex-husband whom that divorcee was peeved at for his buying of a new pickup. Can you say "accidental" pregnancy? But women are never the aggressors. So who sold this poor guy out? But how did he did wind up with two black eyes from walking into a door? Could it have been a double door? This old gal did have prior marital combat experience.
A few months later I married a girl who had never been married and had no children.
Marriage was great. I still did not want children. On weekends we would drive to Six Flags, Wildlife Refuge at Lawton, Fountainhead, Arrowhead, or some place and stay in motels. One time we stayed in a motel in the woods on the Arkansas side of Table Rock Lake. That evening we were hungry and found a cafe back in the woods. The cafe was closed and as we sat there pondering what to do, the owners of the cafe drove up with some of their friends. They said they were going to cook some steaks and asked if we wanted a steak. The steak was large and great and free. They would not take our money. We had such a good time that peaceful weekend that we went back later but we were unable to find that cafe or the motel. It was just some road off the main highway.
Then it started.
The fellow police officer / fellow cadet from the academy / brother of the divorcee with the two children and an ex-husband, would catch me among a group of police officers and would loudly say to me, "Come on." "Suck my dick." "I know you are queer."
It took a while to catch on as to why I was being propositioned by other police officers. I started thinking the whole bunch was queer. I was even propositioned by a fellow police officer in a tent up on the Kansas line where we were supposed to be on a deer hunting trip. What the hell???
I may have figured out after all these years why the patrol commander came to me one night and said "We got him", saying they had caught a police officer having homosexual sex in a police car. It was just one of those things that I did not think about until I started this webpage. I think now that the patrol commander must have said that in order to observe my reaction. Looking back, all the lies spread by these evil brothers undoubtedly had gotten to the patrol commander and was the reason I received bad ratings from this patrol commander along with a few hostile actions from some neighbors.
This guy and his older brother did a real slander campaign on me. They interfered with my job assignments, my ratings, my associations, my family, my children's school, a few neighbors, and even drummed up complaints against me. They were very angry with me but for a long time they thought they could still make me come around to being a slave if they could get me a divorce. I ran into them everywhere I went. Even gassing up down at the Utotem on the corner while they were on duty. The older brother got word to me that it did not pay to mess with his little sister. Who was messing with who? Whom?
If I believed in reincarnation, I would think he and his older brother would be reincarnated slavers from the eighteen hundreds. How can someone completely take over your life? Is that not what they did to the blacks in the eighteen hundreds? I think the definition of slavery back then was only taking twenty-five percent of a person's income. Not his whole paycheck.
But then the divorcee did not find me. The fellow cadet/brother of the divorcee found me. All the time down there, years and years, he would proposition me every time I saw him and all he talked about was oral sex. Somebody probably should have registered him. Maybe he was in love with me. I really started to think some of them were in love with me.
How can anyone be angry with, and harass a person over his entire lifetime for simply refusing to become a slave to a woman who said we are going to get married and I cannot have any more children but you can be happy raising my children? Especially since you had tried to avoid a situation like that for all of your life?
Six years later a fellow police officer came to me and said that he was in love with this divorcee with the two small children, a live ex-husband, and three brothers on the police department but she would not have anything to do with him. Why did he tell me this? It was of no interest to me. Looking back I would say that she did not want to share this fellow police officer's paycheck with his ex-wife and children. As demanding as she was I would say she would settle for nothing less than her own full-time slave.
And I suppose that later on when her cohorts told me that I had to resign from the department and get out of town, she had then realized that she would have to share my paycheck with my children and that would not work for her. She wanted her full time slave. This was seven years later. We had delayed starting our family those seven years and I had suffered extreme harassment from, and caused by her cohorts all those years.
This is all coming clear to me now. I would bet if this bunch had somehow roped me into marriage, the first thing they would have done was to take out a large insurance policy on me and If I had ever tried to get out, I would have wound up a statistic in some alley. I did enjoy prowling alleys back then, jumping burglars out of buildings. There were no alarms on buildings back then.
Some people in their clique told my wife to divorce me. Some told me to divorce my wife and set me up with other women. An evening shift detective supervisor asked me who I thought was a beautiful woman. Candice Bergen from the movie "The Adventurers". A fellow detective took me to an apartment complex, knocked on the door and a Candice Bergen look-a-like opened the door. I ran.
This fellow detective stayed on my case about this Candice Bergen look-a-like. Finally I told him I would trade her for (blank). Then he started telling everybody that I was after his wife.
One successful divorcee informant out of the re-marriage bureau of the department told me, in my mother's house, at Christmas while I was changing the diaper on my oldest son in a bedroom, that I had to resign from the police department and leave town. "You cannot stay here." When I told her to mind her own business, she ran out of the bedroom and screamed in front of the whole family reunion that she could not stay in a place that allowed their son to treat her that way and then she stormed out the door. Is this not insane?
This incident ocurred seven years after I had married my wife. I had fought my wife all that time about having children because I still did not want children. Looking back here I would say that if they could get me a divorce, I would have to split my paycheck with child support, therefore, to save face, I guess they were trying to run me out of town. The harrassment was very bad at this point and continued.
This successful divorcee informant had run an unemployed older brother out of my house by shaming him and upsetting my wife. She had repeatedly told my wife to divorce me. I think she is the one who started the rumor on the department that I was likely to commit suicide. Can you believe it? I stopped going around the whole bunch and gave my wife the ultimatum that she could see either them or me, but not both.
Some of the guys in their clique would ask me some off-the-wall question, or more like a suggestion, and, while I was trying to figure out what it was, they would leave and take my silence as an admission, I guess. They were frantic. Then word would get back to me that I had said something. These people were vicious.
As an example, one officer asked me or made the suggestion, that if you acted queer, women would try to straighten you out. I think his little mind must have been contorted. How about acting queer to get them to leave you alone? I think he was one of the sycophants who had volunteered to me that to make rank on the department, you first had to get a divorce.
I had tried to humor them all this time to avoid trouble but it got to the point that I decided that whatever they said, I would let them believe it to be true, however, by the time they realized I might be that way, I had heard something else and so I was acting in a different manner. It was goofy. This threw all the sycophants for a loop. What else can you do?
We had our share of sycophants and power hungry Machiavelli followers. I read their books when they were not there. I played their games with them but I did not join them. The problem was that some in their clique, or gang, were supervisors, like their water skiing partners, and that was when I was assigned to every d.o.a. on the evening shift and was assigned to inventory greasy engines in an auto salvage in 105 degree weather while wearing a suit. This came across the chain of command from the older brother. All this was in addition to my fourteen burglary cases (two a day) each week while the sycophants were sitting around in bars and restaurants.
The price of silver metal was high at the time so there were a lot of silver burglaries. In the old rich section just short of downtown the burglar would climb a tree or a ladder and go in thru a second story window in the evening hours to take old pure silverware for melting down while the people were watching tv downstairs. Whenever I could I would sneak around in the dark trying to catch the burglars but I never did. Later, word was sent to me that there was a letter in the chief's office from the burglar saying I had almost caught him a couple of times, therefore he had quit the business and retired to Florida. It was probably one of those times I had been pulled off to work a d.o.a. or some such deal. I have no idea who the burglar was but he sure knew me. He must have been watching me more than I was watching him. Maybe if somebody could find that letter they may be able to get a dna sample if he licked the envelope.
Another time I was assigned the theft of a small airplane from one of the small airports. I found the people seated around a long table in a large room kinda like an auditorium. They told me to leave. I said this airplane can be out of the country in a little while so I will just sit over here until you tell me about it. Finally a lady came over to me and said they thought the airplane had been repossessed. I thanked her and left.
When I got back to the station, the shift supervisor told me about their calling in complaining and trying to get me removed from their airport. The shift supervisor told me not to make any reports on the incident and that he would handle the report himself. He must have wrote up a doozy of a report because after that I got assigned to these large bogus insurance losses. I was supposed to talk these people down on the dollar size of their losses. They must have thought that I could brow beat these people into submission.
Another time some burglars were breaking into businesses and stealing business checks because somebody had a stolen check protector machine and they were papering the town with bogus payroll checks. A detective working forgery had come up with the weirdest names of a man and a woman who possessed the stolen check protector. Everybody jumped on that but after failing to locate the man and woman, they got disillusioned and said there was no man and woman with those kinds of names so the duty got shuffled off to me to help the forgery detective. After a couple of nights crawling around house trailers in another county, we located the man and woman in an apartment in a low-rent housing project not far from downtown.
The man and woman let us in and consented to a consent search. We had no warrant or any kind of a hold on them. While the forgery detective was in a bedroom searching for the check protector I stayed with the pair in the living room. They pulled out a big bottle of whiskey and asked if they could have a drink. I did not want to anger them so I said, it is your house. They swapped that big bottle back and forth until they killed it. I have never seen anyone drink like that. The man said something and the woman said awww he is looking for that check protector but he will never find it back there because it is right up there and she pointed at the ceiling.
I called the forgery detective into the living room and told him that she said it was up there and pointed at the ceiling. The forgery detective pushed up on the ceiling panels and pulled out the check protector. On the way downtown, the pair passed out and we had to carry them into the station. Again, everybody jumped on the case. Unbeknownst to me I was hidden from the case. Apparently the defense attorney had looked high and low for me. I did not hear about this for months until someone was laughing about it.
I was working my fourteen burglary cases a week when two partnered narcotics officers got into a little trouble over something. I think it was the old deal about letting someone off after they turned three other people and the word had gotten out that if you got caught and wanted off, just turn three other people some of whom were probably not guilty. Anyway these two narcotics officers were split up and I was assigned to one of them who was acquainted with two of my older brothers. Then the narcotics officer I was assigned to came up with this search warrant. Somehow I got elected to knock on the door and as soon as the guy opened the door, my partner shoved me on top of the guy.
I was nose to nose with this guy in his house after I got shoved through the door. And I knew him. A couple of my brothers had associated with him for years. He owned a bar. The warrant which I did not get was for selling benzedrine pills (bennies). We got bags of pills but they turned out to be caffeine pills. I wondered about that for a long time. Who snitched him off? I was shoved on top of the guy, I guess so he would think I was the one who turned him because we knew each other. Somebody must have been peeved about paying for benzedrine and getting only caffeine. I wonder who.
There were two or three rapes with robbery of women living alone occurring every night around midnight and after in houses and also in low rent housing projects. I was ordered to report to a new squad on the midnight shift.
After squad meeting, I drove to a low-rent housing project parking lot in an unmarked car, picked a spot away from the apartments down toward the street coming in, backed the car into a parking space and sat in the dark with my lunch and a big thermos of coffee. I camped in that spot for three or four nights listening to the police radio. That last night, just as the dispatcher was putting out a rape call in that housing project, I heard foot steps pounding the pavement running toward me. I jumped out of the car and said hey buddy I need to talk to you. I called the supervisor in charge of the detail and turned the guy to that supervisor. The next day I was called at home and told to report back to my regular shift. Back to my fourteen burglary cases per week plus the six or eight assigned to me while I was away on this detail.
Later I heard that the guy I caught running from the scene spilled the beans on three or four other suspects who were also doing these rapes.
This case illustrates my modus operandi. I just did my job. I did not suck up as others did. I did not use others to elevate myself as others did. I was always catching these simple criminals. I guess this is why the statements of "The best worker does not make the best supervisor" and "Aren't you afraid you will work us out of a job" were made, along with being hounded by the two brothers of the divorcee with two children and a live ex-husband who wanted to make a slave of me.
One time a supervisor who was hiding in the office asked me how I got into all this ****. I said it is not in here. It is out there. You go out there and it will run over you. But then again the old saying that if you dont do anything, you wont get in trouble.
The sycophants, including some supervisors were more concentrated on the evening shift detective division by choice. I was on the evening shift due to my day classes at the university and persisted to the end even though I was repeatedly told that it would do me no good and that I should quit. And they were right. It was one of those degrees that you could take with fifty cents and buy a cup of coffee. It was no electrical engineering degree.
Then I was shuffled to the vice squad, getting off duty at 2 am and being in class at 8 am. Other guys would not sit next to me in class because they said I smelled like booze.
At one time I was setup to commit a burglary of vehicle with witnesses. That was quite an elaborate scheme. There was a loaded .45 semi automatic pistol with both safeties off pointed between my eyes. There were shots in the dark. I was assigned the burglary of an apartment which, unbeknownst to me, turned out to be directly across from the apartment of an officer who had just gotten fired on a dope warrant. The apartment of the bogus burglary was vacant and when I turned around the fired officer had been staring at my back. I guess they thought the fired officer would be mad enough to shoot me. The tension on my steering box was loosened to the point I could not steer my vehicle. That was a rank amateur. Some of the stunts they pulled were so petty they were almost laughable. It would take several pages to list all the crap I went through.
I got so many obscene phone calls at home on an unlisted telephone number that I thought the city had a real problem with obscene phone callers. "This is your doctor. How is your wife doing on those birth control pills?" Of course everybody down at the station, including the brothers of the divorcee with two children and an ex-husband, had a copy of the roster of everybody's telephone numbers. It was like the queer deal. It took me a long time to figure that one out too.
One time one of the brothers' water skiing buddies, a supervisor, cornered me and asked me what I was going to do when one of the chiefs took our guns away from us. I replied well I guess I will work without a gun or look for another job. This supervisor started screaming that I had just committed political suicide. I think he had been looking for any excuse to tell me that, probably because he felt his harassment of me was not working.
I keep remembering weird things to add to this. One time I was by my driveway looking over an engine someone had dropped off when I heard yelling on my front porch. I look up to see the woman from the rent house, three houses east of mine, screaming "Where is your daughter?" In the house. No she is not. You dont know where your daughter is. I have been in there three times and she is not in there. The woman stomped off toward her house. Breaking and Entering three times with the intent to beat on my daughter. That is first degree burglary.
I also went thru the house three times before I found my daughter and the six or seven year old girl from down the street the other direction. Their little butts were sticking out from under the other side of a bed in a back bedroom.
I went back outside and continued looking at the engine. Down the street they came and parked the wrong way against the curb on my side of the street. The man was driving and ordered me to come to him. They said my daughter was harassing them over the telephone. My daughter was three or four years old and did not know how to dial a telephone. Turns out they were fighting with the other girl's family down the street in the other direction and the other little girl must have called them from my house.
This man was really cussing me and said he was going to kick my you know what. The only thing I said was, well come on. Away he went. The rest of the day and the all the next day if I or my son walked outside they would stand down there and scream at us.
Then I got a call from the station that I was harassing my neighbors and to get down to the station. So I went. These two sycophants who outranked me, one was my dayshift patrol supervisor, raked me over the coals, trying to get me to take a reduction in rank.
This dayshift supervisor had found fault with everything I had done to that point. Like the time he and the district supervisor of the district next to mine, were doing their community policing bit in a church, all for show. All the years before, we had done programs in schools and other places, off duty, with no recognition. Anyway, while they were doing their thing for recognition, some yahoos hit about ten vehicles with their vehicle over a half mile in the other supervisors district. I drove over and took over. As officers would come by, I would ask them to work one of the dozen or so wrecks.
After several officers had checked out on the radio to work a wreck, this dayshift supervisor came by and when he saw what had been going on, he went ballistic. I dont know what his problem was as the situation was well under control. I guess he did not have time to call out the tv cameras and give a big speech. He had been trying hard to get another promotion at that time but I dont think he ever made another promotion.
So while they were raking me over the coals for "harassing the neighbors", the shift supervisor made some remarks about my being on his shift, so I said if you dont want me on your shift then I dont want to be on your shift. He said something about working the office on the midnight shift. I said anything would be fine with me. Then he kept saying, "You dont mind doing that", like asking my permission to be put on the desk.
But that did not stop his harassment of me. He had a couple of sycophants on the midnight shift. One night while I was sitting on the desk, one of the ID guys popped his head in the door, said something, and when I looked up, he snapped my picture. A couple days later this same ID guy came in, threw my picture on the desk, and left without saying a word. It dawned on me that my picture had been used in a photo lineup. I never found out the crime of which some sycophant had tried to railroad me.
I had stopped taking the promotional tests ten years before. They had mis-graded my last test which was the only one I checked back on, so I quit taking the tests. The sycophants really went crazy about these promotional tests. I had been labeled a test-taker and other descriptions including having a photographic memory in order to knock down my ratings with the supervisors and up their's. This was well known as some of the guys came to me to help them on the promotional tests and some went way up in rank. But some of them were too ripped to be able to sit down and read a book. I guess that is why they were chasing those ratings.
One of the shift supervisors, for no reason, said in my presence, that the best worker does not make the best supervisor. Then he looked straight at me. When I applied to go to the FBI Academy, one of the chiefs on the screening board asked me the question, "Aren't you afraid you will work us out of a job?" Huh? I must have given the wrong answer as I was not allowed to go to the FBI Academy. Later, the guy from civil service called me and asked why I was not taking the promotional tests. "Because they are crooked." The civil service guy said that is not us. That was the other people over here before us. I said you are not about to get me back into that hornet's nest.
A classmate of mine from when we went through the police academy never made any rank at all in all those years. He said it was because the brass promoted the people who were just like themselves. He called it inbreeding and you know what that results in.
I kept hearing about these cliques on the department. I think now, these cliques must have been the brass's divide and conquer strategy so you must belong to a clique and hate the guys in other cliques and lie and snitch about them.
These guys talked about who had gotten them hired. One said his priest had gotten him hired. I told them I had just walked in off the street. Much later I realized It must have been a department head at the oil company I hayd worked for that had gotten me on. I remember he had been in politics, getting people elected to public office but I never thought about it. These other guys in the clique to which I should have belonged must have been a little jealous of me because this oil company department head had taken me fishing and bought me dinner and so forth. He was a great guy. I did not figure this out until the poor guy had died. These clique guys tried to lord it over me. One time while I was looking thru a computer printout for alarm calls ole nervous bugeyes, who tried to run the clique made the remark that I was trying to find out who was calling in on my house. My kids got called in on for being out in the yard.
After I had retired and left town, I had to go back and keep the yard mowed at the old house. The guy behind cut all the brush off his fence and threw it all in my yard. I hollered at him and asked if he had done that. He said yes. I asked what he was going to do with it. He said he was not going to do anything with it. That it was my problem. So I was dragging the brush out to my truck when here came two police officers and said someone had called in saying I was having words with this guy. I told them exactly what I had said, and what the guy had said, and then I said look at the sweat pouring off me. I am (blank) years old. What if I have a heart attack because this guy trashed my yard. Oh you had better take it easy and away they went.
Later I mentioned something about this to the old crazy lady next door. One time she had run to me in my yard loudly proclaiming that everybody is crazy. One of her sons had been a police officer and had spent most of his time praying. He was accused of trying to commit suicide after he had taken a gun off someone. I dont know.
So later I asked this old gal next door if she knew this guy (ole nervous bugeyes) who was trying to control me and the clique to which I should have belonged. This old lady said oh yes, he is such a fine religious person. Yeah he sure is. Now I realized who had been calling in on my kids and why that goofy sycophant had hit me with the question while I was looking thru the alarm calls.
Well, the Candace Bergen