A Lifetime of Vengeance by P. J. Grondin

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Friendship was replaced by accusations, anger and hate. That’s when they took matters into their own hands. That’s when they raped and beat Mike McKinney’s wife of only two weeks and left her for dead. The McKinneys and all of central Florida were stunned. After several weeks, charges were filed against Jamie, Donnie Lee, Bobby and Randy and subsequently dropped. Evidence disappeared. The Sheriff’s office said they couldn’t make the charge stick with no physical evidence tying the four to the scene.

He knew that they were skimming dope off of every bale. That was the first string pulled that caused the unraveling of a tightly wound package; an arrangement that was working well for a number of years. It started out small and ended up making them all quite a bit of money. They were willing to overlook the skimming. Then they found out the McKinneys were adding weight by spraying the bales. The moisture added nearly half a pound to each bale and added another $300 per bale to the McKinneys, already good take.

Pat McKinney was no less busy. He was unloading the turbine generators to preserve heat and prevent too rapid a cool-down of the reactor. At the same time, he manned the sound powered phones so he could relay incoming reports from the engineering watch-standers on the condition of plant equipment in their areas of responsibility. The crew in the engineering spaces worked like clockwork to place the reactor in a safe condition and in a few minutes the pace of the action slowed. The noise level in the engineroom was reduced considerably as motors and other equipment were turned off to reduce the electric loads on the only working source of power onboard, the ships battery.

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