As you know, I’m currently working on a book about the history of crime in Caddo. This morning I spent a few minutes typing an article about a Caddo farmer who cut off his wife’s head, put it in a sack, and then threw her head and body into Boggy Creek. Her body was found two months later, her head was never found, and he wasn’t arrested for nearly four years. Gruesome stuff, but my interest in this, and other crimes is the “why”. Why do people lie, cheat, steal, and kill? How could a man live with the guilt of his wife’s murder for four years? It’s the mystery of human nature that fascinates me.
You wouldn’t think my interests in history and genealogy relate in any way to my profession, but they actually do. I consider each class and each child a “mystery”. How will they get along? Which children will work together? How many children will have behavior problems? Who will struggle and who will excel? What techniques will work best with this group? And always there is the underlying “Why?” and the challenge of what to do about it.
So…just think if me as Detective Maurer. My brain is filled with questions to be answered and mysteries to be solved!