IT WAS SAN QUENTIN FOR ME, OR ...
I had a choice between running or being killed.
But that wasn’t quite all—not really. One additional course was possible. Walking in the path of my very private, psychopathic genie, acting on his impulse, I perhaps could follow up Hakala’s murder with a few more of my own.
It was a natural as ideas go, of course. Lust murders tend to run in bunches. Celeste had already set the pattern with nakedness and multiple stab wounds. And all the loyal kooks and crazies of our group, a lovely assortment of potential victims if I ever saw one, stood close at hand this very instant.
Who could guess that Celeste was my prime target?
Who’d know that first and foremost, I was out to silence her?
Shed enough blood, and my own role in this whole monstrous nightmare might very well be lost. I could end up the one man to survive the carnage, free at last of marriage and Celeste.
And if you came right down to it, what was one more murder to me? Or two, or three, or a dozen? Even if they caught me, they couldn’t hang me any higher.
I moved ...
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About the Author
He got his BA in journalism at University of Michigan in 1937, then started working as a newspaperman and editor at papers in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, California, and Oklahoma.
His first published story was in 1941. Over the next twenty years, he sold over a million words of pulp fiction—mostly space opera magazine novels in the 25,000 to 40,000 word length. Many of these novels were assignments to write a story for a previously commissioned illustration.
He married Margaret Simpson in Chicago on August 6, 1942. They were divorced in 1968. Their son, Thomas McCray Swain was born July 16, 1946. February 12, 1969 he married Joye Raechel Swain. While living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, they adopted Rocio Mendez Garcia (born 1959) and Antonia (born 1964). Later, while living in Costa Rica, they adopted Ronald, who died of AIDS.
Dwight starting working as a film script writer in September 1949 at the University of Oklahoma, School of Journalism, writing over 50 fact and feature films. He joined the Oklahoma University faculty in 1952 and subsequently obtained his MA from the University of Oklahoma in 1954. (He got his masters because the university was embarrassed to have someone on the faculty with only a bachelors. Subsequently they pressured him to complete his doctorate, but he refused—considering it a waste of his time.)
He joined the Professional Writing Program staff at the University of Oklahoma, training writers of commercial fiction and film. He pioneered using dramatic techniques to script documentaries and educational / instructional films. He loved film work because it provided the human contact ordinarily lacking in writing print fiction.
He wrote several non-fiction books on writing including Techniques of the Selling Writer, Film Scriptwriting, Creating Characters: How to Build Story People and Scripting for Video and Audiovisual Media. He was a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences.
He died February 24, 1992 in Norman, Oklahoma.