The 9 mm. Solution

For years, my brother-in-law who is a software engineer and a big Clint Eastwood fan has discussed his views on reprehensible criminals by referencing what he terms the 9 mm. solution.  as you may have guessed it involves the simplest of terms:  those found guilty of such crimes (child molestation, serial murder, etc.) should be provided one shot to the back of the head.

This was done with the execution of Andrei Chikatilo, the notorious Rostov Ripper.  He was an active serial killer from 1978 to 1990.  His trial began in April of 1992; he was found guilty in October of that same year.  The appeals process was exhausted by January of 1994.  He was executed by a single gunshot behind the right ear on February 14, 1994.  Happy Valentine’s Day, Andrei.

Naturally with an example like that, our criminal justice system seems to coddle criminals and re-victimize the family of victims.  So this is where the conversation has been brewing for years.

For this past November’s NaNoWriMo, I chose The 9 mm. Solution as my title and storyline.  The chapters alternate between the first person narrative of an individual seemingly disgusted with the moral lapses and judicial gaps in our country (written in italics) and the ongoing events of criminal investigation eventually taken over by a psychological forensic team of the FBI.

Unlike my transgressive work, this seems to be more of a procedural thriller interspersed with a social commentary and Kafkaesque social “frustration”.  I’ve gone through three drafts.  My wife (my editor) has finished reading this draft and will re-read and add her glorious red pencil to it.  It feels at this moment like a quality piece but I’ll let her decide.

In the meantime, I have my brother-in-law to thank for the inspiration.  (This is the same guy who got my self-published novels surreptitiously placed in a bookstore in Bangalore, India and into the hands of other software engineers from Israel.)

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