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June Interviews

6/3 Gretchen Archer, Double Trouble
6/10 Kaye George, Deadly Sweet Tooth
6/17 Annette Dashofy, Til Death
6/24 Adam Meyer

Saturday Guest Bloggers

6/6 Mary Keliikoa
6/13 William Ade
6/20 Liz Milliron

WWK Bloggers:

6/27 Kait Carson
6/30 WWK Writers--What We're Reading Now


Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!

WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel, and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination! All are winners but without Agatha Teapots. Onto 20121!

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.

Kaye George's second novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Deadly Sweet Tooth, was released on June 2. Look for the interview here on June 10.

Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!


Friday, October 5, 2018

Redeeming Abraham Davis by Warren Bull

Redeeming Abraham Davis

Image from Pixabay

When a friend and drinking buddy suggested vandalizing the Al Salam Mosque in Fort Smith, Arkansas, twenty-year-old Abraham Davis drove him and a third young man to the mosque in his mother’s white minivan. Abraham stood watch as his friends spray-painted swastikas and curses on the windows and doors. They also damaged a second mosque.
In some ways, Abraham was the kind of young man you might expect to be involved in actions like that. At age five after witnessing his father scream at and beat his mother, he prayed for God to take his father so his mother would be safe. His father died a month later, after a seizure. Abraham felt responsible. He did poorly in school in elementary school, fighting and cursing until the principal gained his trust and got him on medication for hyperactivity. He excelled but it didn’t last.
In high school, he got into fights, slept in class and dropped out at age eighteen. “Most of my life I’ve been trying to train myself to become something that’s too strong to be broken through,” Abraham explained.
In other ways, Abraham was not at all what you might expect. Despite his short fuse, he had a big heart. Abraham went to high school with Wasim Yasin, a Muslim who was sometimes singled out for derision and taunts. They often ate lunch together in the cafeteria. Abraham told Wasim, “I’m with you, man. If anybody bothers you, just let me know. I’m your friend.” He had nothing against Muslims,
Abraham’s misplaced loyalty preceded his remorse. The young man was arrested, for his crime. In jail and on his own initiative, Abraham wrote a letter of apology to the mosque, copying the address from his court papers.  Even when faced with six years in prison he could not explain why he did what he did.
The community of Fort Smith sent many flowers and letters of support to the congregation of Al Salam. People who heard about the vandalism from other parts of the country also expressed their concern and support. Church members called. A congregant from a synagogue called. Buddhists called.
Responding to Abraham’s heartfelt apology, people at the Mosque wrote letters stating their forgiveness to Abraham’s public defender. They asked the prosecutor to go easy on him. Although the mosque submitted paperwork showing it had spent only $500.00 on cleanup, the prosecutors used an estimate from a local restoration company of $1,800, raised the offense from a misdemeanor to a felony according to the law.
Prosecutors decided the young man could avoid a trial only by pleading guilty to a felony and remaining on probation for three years. A single slipup would put him in prison for six years.
Abraham’s family did not have enough money for bail so he had to wait in jail while the legal process went on.
He was spared from prison but terms of his parole included performing community service, paying fines and making restitution. He was obligated to pay $3,200. The young man’s family had their water cut off because they could not pay the bill. The phone was about to be disconnected. 
As a high school drop out with a felony on his record who only had computer access at the library, Abraham found it hard to get a job. He made monthly payments at first. He showed up for his community service regularly and on time but he could not find a steady job. He was afraid he would have to serve his prison sentence. People at Al Salaam Mosque decided he was part of their story. They paid his debt.
Abraham now works full time at a gas station mini-mart. He is thankful for the continuing support from the mosque, which, in turn, is thankful for the continuing support from the community around it.


KM Rockwood said...

Our criminal justice system makes it very difficult for someone with a felony conviction on parole or probation to be successful in life.

To tell the truth, I'm not sure that bailing someone out is a good idea. For someone young who has not experienced incarceration, it's an eye-opening experience about what a person wants to avoid in the future, and can act as a powerful incentive to follow the rules. If a person is sentenced to jail or prison, the time awaiting trial will be credited, and he/she may as well get started on it.

This story is a wonderful example of good intentions and forgiveness in the name of a defined God Christians, Muslims and Jews share. "Vengeance is mine, says the Lord."

I hope this young man seizes the opportunity given him and continues to be a productive, taxpaying citizen rather than a $30,000 a year expense to the state. All will benefit.

Tina said...

What KM said. Often one mistake puts a person on a road that is very hard to diverge from, and the obstacles pile up even higher. And incidence after incidence shows it's the lack of a foundational social structure that makes it happen. Love is a choice. It is a verb. And I am hopeful after reading this story. Thank you for sharing it.

Gloria Alden said...

It's an interesting story, Warren. According to what I've read young people especially guys are not adults until they're 25 years old so they can do stupid things as a teenager. Like KM said God is God of Christians, Muslims, Jews and other religions.

Grace Topping said...

Amazing story. With all the terrible things being reported in the news these days, it's refreshing to read something that points to redemption.