Billy Adams, 1999-2004. Age 5. Went for a swim only twenty-nine minutes after lunch. He will be missed.
Sara M. Jennings, 1997-2004. Age 7. Swung too hard on the swingset, nearly made it over the top. Sara is survived by her mother, father, and pet goldfish, Sammy.
Elliot Kim, 1994-2005. Age 11. Kept making faces, and it stayed that way. Never recovered. Memorial to be held at his home.
Kelly Anne Lynch, 2002-2006, Age 4. Ate a slice of watermelon, never spit the seeds out. RIP.
None of that’s true, of course. Childhood myths are just that--myths. No one’s died from swallowing too much gum or stepping on cracks or even mixing pop rocks and soda.
But when you’re a kid, grown-ups like to keep things from you, things your young mind just can’t handle yet. So you fill in the blanks yourself.
They finally caught him, just a few weeks ago.
I’m old enough now to understand what really happened, why Billy and Sara and Elliot and even little Kelly from down the street weren’t around anymore.
They say their bones were still in his basement when they searched the house.