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CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY WARNER BROS.

BLOOD PRESSURE-- 120 OVER 70. NORMAL.

[TYPING]

ALL RIGHT, OPEN WIDE.

LOOKS FINE.

HEALTHY AS A HORSE.

JUST ONE MORE THING, LUTHER.

YOU GOT TO WIZ IN THE CUP, FRANK.

THEN WE'RE DONE.

[TYPING]

Woman: WELL, FUCK 'EM.

Man: YOU'RE GONNA ARGUE THE MERITS OF JOURNALISM?

[SCOFFS] YOU CALL THAT JOURNALISM?

YOU'RE TRYING TO TELL ME THAT'S JOURNALISM?

MICHELLE, IT'S BEEN A LONG WEEKEND.

EVERYBODY KEEPS SHOOTING ONE ANOTHER,

AND I'VE GOT TO WRITE ABOUT IT.

I'M SERIOUS.

I'M TIED OF THE CRAP, YOU KNOW?

I SHOULD GO BACK AND GET MY Ph.D.

AT LEAST THEN I COULD WRITE ABOUT STUFF THAT MATTERS.

MICHELLE, YOU'RE 23 YEARS OLD.

YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING THAT MATTERS.

WELL, FUCK YOU, TOO, EV.

ALL RIGHT. HERE'S THE SHOULDER.

WHAT DID THEY DO TO YOU?

NOT THEY. HE. ALAN.

ALAN.

YEAH. HE KILLED MY SIDEBAR ON THE FRANK BEECHUM MURDER.

IF YOU ASK ME, SOMETHING STINKS ANYWAY, BUT--

I READ THAT SIDEBAR.

YEAH, WELL, IT WAS GOOD, EV. ADMIT IT.

IT'S THE BEST THING I'VE WRITTEN IN MONTHS.

THAT WAS THE ONE WHERE YOU SAY THAT

THE MEDIA GLORIFIED BEECHUM'S VICTIM

IN ORDER TO MASK OUR PATRIARCHAL CULTURE?

WHICH HELPED CREATE THE VIOLENCE THAT DESTROYED HER.

EXACTLY.

YEAH. YOU'RE RIGHT.

HE SHOULD HAVE NEVER KILLED THAT.

FUCKIN'-A.

I WOULD HAVE TORTURED IT.

WELL, IT MIGHT HAVE ENJOYED THAT.

I THINK IT WOULD HAVE ENJOYED

EVERY SECOND OF IT.

WELL...

ANOTHER ROUND?

YEAH. ANOTHER MARGARITA FOR THE LADY,

AND I'LL HAVE MY USUAL.

NOT YOUR USUAL USUAL?

NO. MY, UH, NEW USUAL.

AH. VIRGIN MARY.

YEAH. HEAVY ON THE...

VIRGIN?

ALL RIGHT, EV, TELL ME SOMETHING.

IF YOU'RE SUCH A HOT SHIT,

WHAT ARE YOU DOING STUCK HERE

IN BUMFUCK, CALIFORNIA?

LOOKIN' FOR LOVE.

HMM.

WELL, YOU'VE COME TO ALL THE WRONG PLACES.

NOT FROM WHERE I SIT.

MMM...

THIS IS NOT GOOD. NOT SMART.

WHAT'S SMART GOT TO DO WITH ANYTHING?

I CAN'T DO THIS.

I GOTTA GO.

I GOTTA GO. YOU'RE MARRIED, AND YOU'RE...

I CAN'T DO THIS.

I GOTTA GO.

OH.

NEXT TIME?

YEAH.

YEAH, NEXT TIME.

[MELLOW JAZZ PLAYS]

[BIG BAND MUSIC PLAYS]

FRANK...

WE'RE OUT.

HOLD ON. I CAN'T HEAR YA.

[CELL DOOR SLAMS]

MORNING, FRANK.

[TYPING]

CAN I GET YA ANYTHING?

SOME BREAKFAST?

IF I COULD GET, LIKE, A...

A ROLL AND SOME COFFEE?

WE'LL GET THAT RIGHT AWAY.

HEY, DOUG.

YOU'RE NOT WEARING YOUR PROTECTIVE GLASSES.

YEAH, I'LL GET 'EM.

YOU HEARD ABOUT IT?

YEAH.

WHAT A TRAGEDY.

THE FUCKIN' RAIDERS-- THAT'S A TRAGEDY.

WHAT, WAS SHE DRUNK?

I DON'T KNOW. IT WAS UP AT DEAD MAN'S CURVE.

THEY SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT PLACE.

WE HAVE TO COVER FOR HER?

DID SHE HAVE ANYTHING BIG?

SHE HAD THE INTERVIEW WITH FRANK BEECHUM

AT SAN QUENTIN, THEN SHE WAS GOING TO WITNESS

THE EXECUTION TONIGHT.

CHRIST.

IT'S A LITTLE WORSE FOR MICHELLE, ALAN.

OH, DO YOU THINK SO, BOB?

I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN GET THE WARDEN

TO SIGN OFF ON A REPLACEMENT

FOR THE INTERVIEW, BUT I THOUGHT

I'D TAKE HARVEY OUT OF THAT FRAUD MEETING.

PUT EVERETT ON IT.

HE HAS A DAY OFF, DOESN'T HE?

NOT ANYMORE, HE DOESN'T.

HE CAN DO THE INTERVIEW,

THEN HE CAN WITNESS THE EXECUTION.

AND WHAT'S HIS NAME--

THE WARDEN DOWN THERE AT SAN QUENTIN--

PLUNKITT.

STEVE'S DEALT WITH HIM BEFORE.

I CAN GET HIM IN.

YOU THINK EVERETT'S AN ASSHOLE, DON'T YOU?

I DON'T THINK HE'S AN ASSHOLE.

YOU'RE WRONG. HE IS AN ASSHOLE.

TRUST ME. I KNOW HIM.

A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GOOD AT THEIR JOBS

ARE ASSHOLES, BOB.

LOOK, I KNOW THAT, ALAN, ALL RIGHT?

IT'S JUST-- IT'S NOT ABOUT THAT.

EVERYTHING WITH EVERETT

IS A BIG, INVESTIGATIVE WITCH HUNT.

YOU KNOW, LIKE THAT MIKE VARGAS PIECE.

HEY, HE WAS A DRUNK THEN. HE ISN'T NOW.

OH, OK, SO 2 MONTHS AGO HE'S A DRUNK,

NOW HE'S MOTHER TERESA. OK. ALL RIGHT.

THE POINT IS, THIS IS NOT

A STEVE EVERETT SLASH AND BURN JOB, OK?

THIS IS A SIDEBAR. IT'S AN ISSUE PIECE.

OHH. HA HA HA... AN ISSUE PIECE.

WELL, DOG MY CATS.

IT'S CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, ALAN, OK?

WE ARE PUTTING MAN TO DEATH TONIGHT.

WE ARE KILLING A HUMAN BEING.

OH, WELL, STOP THE PRESSES.

BY THE WAY, BOB, THAT AMY WHAT'S-HER-NAME,

THE PREGNANT BROAD THAT OLD FRANKIE SHOT IN THE THROAT,

WAS SHE A HUMAN BEING, HUH?

IS THAT PART OF THE ISSUE?

YEAH, OK, THAT IS PART OF THE ISSUE.

BOB, LET ME TELL YA SOMETHING--

CRUMB CAKE?

NO.

OK. ISSUES ARE SHIT THAT WE MAKE UP

TO GIVE OURSELVES AN EXCUSE TO RUN GOOD STORIES, OK?

JUDGE GRABS A FEMALE ATTORNEY'S TITS,

HEY, THAT'S THE SEX DISCRIMINATION ISSUE.

9-YEAR-OLD BLOWS AWAY HIS BROTHER WITH AN UZI?

THE CHILD VIOLENCE ISSUE.

PEOPLE WANT TO READ ABOUT SEX ORGANS AND BLOOD, OK?

WE MAKE UP ISSUES SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO FEEL

TOO NASTY ABOUT IT. GOT IT?

I MIGHT AS WELL CALL STEVE EVERETT RIGHT NOW,

BECAUSE THAT'S HIS ATTITUDE EXACTLY.

OOH, A LITTLE SARCASM THERE, BOB?

HOW LONG YOU BEEN HERE? WHAT, 3 MONTHS, HUH?

I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH STEVE EVERETT

FOR 3 1/2 YEARS,

AND LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, BOB,

THE GUY IS GOOD.

HE'S AS GOOD AS ANYBODY I'VE EVER WORKED WITH.

YOU KNOW WHY HE WAS RUN OUT OF NEW YORK CITY?

I HEARD A COUPLE OF THINGS.

HE BUSTED THE MAYOR, BOB.

THE MAYOR OF FUCKING NEW YORK CITY.

EVERETT FOUND THAT SECRET MEMO

ON A CONTRACT BRIBE BETWEEN HIS HONOR

AND ONE OF THE EX-BOROUGH PRESIDENTS,

AND HE RAN WITH IT IN HIS COLUMN.

SO?

SO THE PAPER TRIED TO KILL IT

BECAUSE THE OWNER WAS IN BED WITH THE MAYOR.

WHAT DID EVERETT DO, BOB, HUH?

WELL, HE DIDN'T WHINE, AND HE DIDN'T BACK DOWN.

HE JUST FUCKING WALKED.

THAT'S STEVE EVERETT.

OK.

OK?

FINE.

GOOD?

HOW YOU DOING WITH THE QUITTING SMOKING, GOOD?

GOING GREAT.

HEY, LISTEN, WHEN YOU SEND THE FLOWERS

TO THE, UH, YOU KNOW, DEAD GIRL--

MICHELLE.

MICHELLE'S FAMILY,

WOULD YOU INCLUDE MY NAME? THANKS.

I APPRECIATE IT.

YEAH, ALL RIGHT.

OK?

YEP.

THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY, BOB.

THE MAYOR, YOU GULLIBLE ASSHOLE.

YEAH, I COULD HAVE STAYED

IN NEW YORK FOREVER.

THEY WERE JUST ABOUT TO PUT ME IN CHARGE

OF AN INVESTIGATIVE TEAM, AND THAT

WOULD HAVE PUT ME ON THE PULITZER TRACK.

I REALLY LIKED IT THERE.

BROADWAY SHOWS, DOWNTOWN JAZZ CLUBS,

DINNERS AT ELAINE'S,

VEAL CHOPS UP THE OLD WAZOO...

NOT VEAL CHOPS LIKE THAT, THOUGH.

OHH...

JAWS.

HA HA HA.

WELL, YOU HAVE TO KISS IT AND MAKE IT BETTER.

SO YOU WERE THE KING OF NEW YORK.

SO WHY YOU HACKING OUT METRO STORIES

AT THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE?

WELL, THAT'S A LONG STORY.

I GOT CAUGHT IN THE SUPPLY ROOM

WITH A VERY YOUNG LADY.

NO.

TURNED OUT THE BE THE OWNER'S DAUGHTER.

HOW THE HELL WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW

SHE WAS UNDERAGE?

SHE LOOKED 18 TO ME.

ANYWAY, I GOT BLACKBALLED ALL OVER TOWN.

BAD MAN.

WHAT DID YOUR WIFE SAY?

SHE--WE JUST HAD THE KID,

SO SHE TOOK IT KIND OF HARD,

BUT, UH, YOU KNOW,

ALAN OFFERED US THIS GIG OUT HERE.

ANOTHER TOWN, ANOTHER CHANGE.

BAD MAN.

FIRST THE OWNER'S DAUGHTER,

NOW THE EDITOR'S WIFE. HA HA...

DO I DETECT A LITTLE HOSTILITY

TOWARDS AUTHORITY FIGURES?

ONLY ONES I WORK FOR.

OH, IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO SAY

IN THE NEXT TOWN WITH SOMEONE ELSE?

"OH, YOU KNOW, I GOT CAUGHT

"WITH THE EDITOR'S WIFE.

YOU KNOW HOW THAT IS."

I GET CAUGHT WITH THE EDITOR'S WIFE,

THERE'S NOT TOO MANY MORE TOWNS THAT'LL HAVE ME.

SO...MY TIME'S OVER?

WELL, YOU'VE GOT TO GO TO WORK.

I'VE GOT TO GET HOME,

SEE IF THE WIFE AND KID STILL RECOGNIZE ME.

YOU'RE NOT GONNA TELL ME HOW AWFUL WE'RE BEING, ARE YOU?

WELL, BOB, HE'S A DECENT SORT.

GOOD NEWSPAPERMAN, SOLID EDITOR.

SO THIS ALL JUST... STINKS, RIGHT?

WHAT WE'RE DOING.

PATRICIA...

YOU AND I ARE JUST 2 PEOPLE

SWIMMING THROUGH THE PASSIONS OF LIFE.

KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

LOOK, IT'S ALL RIGHT.

IT'S NOT LIKE I LOVE YOU OR ANYTHING.

WELL, THAT'S GOOD.

'CAUSE I DON'T LOVE YOU, TOO.

[TELEPHONE RINGS]

HELLO?

ALL RIGHT.

YES.

YES. ALL RIGHT.

YOU ARE NOT GONNA BELIEVE THIS.

WHAT?

THAT WAS BOB.

WHAT'D HE WANT?

HE WAS LOOKING FOR YOU.

WHO TOLD HIM?

HOW THE HELL SHOULD I KNOW?

MORNING, FRANK.

MR. PLUNKITT.

ANYTHING I CAN GET FOR YA?

ANYTHING YOU NEED?

NO, NOT ANYTHING I CAN THINK OF.

THERE'S SOME MATTERS I GOTTA DISCUSS WITH YOU.

WE CAN DO IT FIRST THING, GET IT OUT OF THE WAY.

YOUR DINNER TONIGHT, FOR ONE THING.

IT CAN BE PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING YOU WANT.

YOU GO AHEAD AND TELL REEDY WHEN YOU DECIDE.

NOW ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL EFFECTS--

MY WIFE WILL TAKE 'EM.

AND YOUR REMAINS?

THAT GO FOR YOUR REMAINS, TOO?

'CAUSE IF SHE CAN'T AFFORD THE FUNERAL--

NO.

OUR CHURCH RAISED SOME MONEY.

IT'S ALL RIGHT.

SO YOUR WIFE WILL BE CLAIMING YOUR REMAINS, THEN?

YES, SIR, THAT'S RIGHT.

OK.

NOW I WANT TO GIVE YOU SOME IDEA HERE

WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN TONIGHT.

WE'LL HAVE TO ASK YOUR VISITORS TO LEAVE AT 7 P.M.

WE'LL BE GIVING YOU DINNER AND A FRESH SET OF CLOTHES.

WE'LL COME FOR YOU

ABOUT A HALF HOUR BEFORE THE PROCEDURE.

YOU'LL BE TAKEN INTO THE PROCEDURE ROOM,

THEY'LL HOOK AN EKG UP TO YOU

AND THE INTRAVENOUS LINES AT THAT TIME,

BUT NOTHING'S GONNA HAPPEN EARLY OR ANYTHING.

RIGHT UP UNTIL 12:01 WE'LL BE MONITORING THE PHONES.

WE GOT OPEN LINES TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

AND THE GOVERNOR,

AND THOSE WE CHECK RIGHT THROUGH

TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE IN WORKING ORDER.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY OF THAT, FRANK?

NO.

UH, JUST ONE MORE THING, AND THEN...

I'LL LEAVE YOU IN PEACE HERE.

IT'S ABOUT THE SEDATIVE.

I DON'T WANT NO SEDATIVE.

THE SEDATIVE'S COMPLETELY OPTIONAL, FRANK.

I WAS JUST GOING TO ADVISE YOU

IT CAN MAKE THINGS A WHOLE LOT EASIER.

I DON'T WANT IT.

I APPRECIATE IT, MR. PLUNKITT,

BUT I WANT TO BE CLEAR IN MY MIND.

WHEN I SEE MY WIFE,

I WANT TO BE CLEAR FOR THAT, ALL RIGHT?

FAIR ENOUGH.

YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND,

YOU LET THE DUTY OFFICER KNOW.

I JUST HAD TO GIVE YOU MY LITTLE SALES TALK IS ALL.

[CELL DOOR SLAMS]

BADGES WILL GO DOWN TO THE GATE AT 9:00.

GOT THE VISITORS LIST AND WHAT ELSE?

THE ROADBLOCKS ARE UP.

DEMONSTRATORS ARE LIGHT SO FAR.

VISITORS ALL SQUARED AWAY?

YEAH, WIFE AND KID,

YOUR GIRLFRIEND FROM THE TRIB,

MICHELLE ZIEGLER.

SHE'LL BE HERE AT 4:00.

OH, MEA CULPA.

SHE WAS PRETTY PERSUASIVE.

YEAH, WELL, LET HER PERSUADE ME NEXT TIME, HUH?

ARNIE, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF BEECHUM?

WELL, SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT THE GIRL HE SHOT DEAD

OVER $96.

MOSTLY I THINK ABOUT DOING MY JOB.

WARDEN, SIR!

I REPENT!

JESUS, ADKINS!

HA HA HA HA...

HEY...HEY, GIMME SOME OF THAT PUSSY, BABY.

COME ON, BABY, GIMME SOME OF THAT PUSSY.

GIMME SOME PUSSY ON TOAST, BABY.

I NEED SOME OF THAT PUSSY ON TOAST. HA HA...

GO AHEAD, BABY.

HEY, EXCUSE ME. EXCUSE ME...

CAN I HAVE SOME PUSSY ON TOAST?

I JUST NEED SOME PUSSY ON TOAST, BABY.

COME ON, GIMME SOME PUSSY ON TOAST, HUH?

HEY, STEVE!

IS THAT YOU, NEWSPAPERMAN?

BACK OFF.

HEY, STEVE, HEY, I KNOW YOU GOT SOME MONEY.

GIMME SOME MONEY ON TOAST, BABY.

COME ON. I NEED IT.

PROMISE ME YOU WILL NOT SPEND THIS ON FOOD.

$5.00?

COME ON, STEVE, GIMME--

COME ON, YOU CAN GIVE ME MORE THAN THAT.

STEVE, GIMME 5, GIMME 10. COME ON.

GIMME 20, STEVE.

YOU CAN GIMME $100, YOU GOT SO MUCH MONEY.

YOU GOT MONEY ON TOAST, BABY, I KNOW YOU DO--

HEY, HEY, SISTER.

HEY, SISTER, I KNOW YOU GOT SOME SWEET PUSSY.

I KNOW YOU GOT SOME SWEET PUSSY, HUH?

HEY--OOH! HEY, WAIT!

NASTY MOTHERFUCKER. GET AWAY FROM ME.

I JUST WANT SOMETHING ON THE TOAST, BABY.

AIN'T NOTHIN' WRONG WITH THAT.

SOMETHIN' ON THE TOAST...HA.

I KNOW SHE LIKED ME.

I KNOW I'M GONNA GIVE HER MY PHONE NUMBER.

HELLO, EVERYONE.

YOU GOT MY MESSAGE?

YEAH.

APPARENTLY, YOU AND I HAVE A LITTLE PROBLEM.

DO WE?

YES, WE DO.

LOOK, BOB...

MICHELLE ZIEGLER WAS KILLED

IN A CAR WRECK LAST NIGHT.

WHAT?

MICHELLE?

YEAH.

WELL, THAT COULDN'T BE.

I WAS--I WAS WITH HER LAST NIGHT.

OH, NO...

YEAH.

OH, SHE WAS ONLY 23 OR SOMETHING.

DEAD MAN'S CURVE.

OH, MY GOD.

AH, THE POOR KID.

JUST OUT OF SCHOOL AND 23 OR SOMETHING.

I SHOULD HAVE DRIVEN HER HOME.

SHE HAD AN INTERVIEW SET UP

WITH FRANK BEECHUM THIS AFTERNOON.

OHH...THE POOR--

BEECHUM...

IS HE--YEAH, I HEARD

THEY WERE GONNA JUICE HIM TODAY.

IN FACT, SHE SAID SHE HAD A SEAT FOR THE SHOW.

YEAH. 4:00.

FACE TO FACE IN THE DEATH WATCH CELL.

ALAN WANTS YOU TO COVER FOR HER.

OHH...

BEECHUM--IS HE THE ONE WHO KILLED THAT PREGNANT GIRL?

COLLEGE STUDENT. AMY WILSON.

WORKING THE SUMMER IN RICHMOND...

A PLACE CALLED POCUM'S GROCERY.

OWED BEECHUM 96 BUCKS.

REPAIRS HE DID ON HER CAR OR SOMETHING.

SHOT HER DEAD.

ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HIM?

TOUGH BLACK MECHANIC

AT THE AMOCO STATION IN CLAYTON,

BUT I'M WARNING YOU--

DO NOT PULL A DICK TRACY ON THIS.

I DON'T WANT SOME BIG INVESTIGATIVE PIECE.

YOU CAN DEPEND ON THAT. DON'T WORRY.

SAYS HERE BEECHUM'S ONE OF THOSE BORN-AGAINS.

YEAH, AREN'T THEY ALL ON DEATH ROW.

THE BIGGEST BIRTH RATE IN THE COUNTRY.

CYNICAL.

UH, HE CAME FROM MICHIGAN,

BROKEN HOME, ALCOHOLIC MOTHER...

HE'S BEEN IN AND OUT OF JAILS ON ASSAULTS,

BARROOM FIGHTS, DRUGS, MORE DRUGS,

DID 2 YEARS IN THE STATE PEN

FOR BEATING UP A COP

WHO TRIED TO GIVE HIM A TICKET.

SOUNDS LIKE A REASONABLE FELLA.

THEN ANOTHER 3

FOR BREAKING INTO A CONVENIENCE STORE.

WHEN HE GOT OUT OF THE SLAM,

HE MET HIS WIFE--

NICE GIRL, A BORN-AGAIN,

WHO LED HIM STRAIGHT TO JESUS.

THEY HAD A DAUGHTER,

BOUGHT A HOUSE IN RICHMOND...

NOW HE'S MR. NICE GUY.

I GUESS NOT.

6 YEARS AGO, JULY 4th, HE WALKS INTO POCUM'S,

AMY WILSON IS WORKING THE REGISTER--

LET ME GUESS.

HE ASKS AMY FOR HIS 96 BUCKS,

SHE SAYS SHE DOESN'T HAVE IT,

AND OLD FRANKIE GETS HIS WICKED TEMPER UP.

I DON'T SUPPOSE

HE'S EXPRESSED ANY HEARTFELT REMORSE?

NOPE. GET THIS.

HE STILL SAYS THAT HE JUST WENT TO THE STORE

FOR SOME A-1 STEAK SAUCE.

STEAK SAUCE?

WELL, THAT'S A NICE TOUCH.

YEAH.

LOOKS LIKE NUSSBAUM HAD 2 STRONG WITNESSES.

BLACK OR WHITE?

UH, LET'S SEE... BOTH WHITE, LOOKS LIKE.

A WOMAN IN THE PARKING LOT WHO SAW HIM RUNNING AWAY,

AND THIS POOR GUY, AN ACCOUNTANT

DRIVES INTO THE PARKING LOT

'CAUSE HIS CAR OVERHEATED,

AND HE GOES INTO THE STORE TO USE THE PHONE,

AND THERE'S BEECHUM STANDING OVER THE BODY,

GUN IN HAND, BLOOD ALL OVER HIM.

OK, OK, DON'T OVERLOAD HIM.

ALL I'M LOOKIN' FOR HERE IS THE HUMAN INTEREST ANGLE.

FINAL DAYS, WHAT IT'S LIKE, ALL RIGHT?

GOT IT?

YEAH, I GOT IT.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU NEED FROM ME, POP?

NOPE.

GOOD. OKEY-DOKEY.

I'LL GET RIGHT ON IT.

SOMETHING ELSE ON YOUR MIND, STEVE?

THE WITNESS, UH...

THE ONE WHO FOUND BEECHUM STANDING OVER THE BODY,

HE MUST HAVE HEARD THE SHOTS, RIGHT?

THE SHOTS.

YEAH. I MEAN, HE'S, UH...

Y-YOU KNOW, HE COMES IN, HIS CAR'S OVERHEATED,

HE'S GOT THE HOOD UP,

AND THEN...HE MUST BE WORKING ON IT OR SOMETHING.

MEANWHILE THERE'S A ROBBERY GOING ON.

HE HAD TO HAVE HEARD SHOTS.

SO HE HEARD THE SHOTS.

YEAH, BUT THIS IS

A WHITE ACCOUNTANT IN RICHMOND.

YOU'RE TELLING ME HE'S JUST GOING TO WALK

INTO A GROCERY STORE

WHEN HE HEARD THE SHOTS?

YOU KNOW WHAT, STEVE?

I DON'T KNOW IF HE HEARD THE SHOTS OR NOT.

MAYBE HE DID. I DON'T CARE.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO, PLEASE,

IS INTERVIEW FRANK BEECHUM

ABOUT HIS FEELINGS TODAY

AND THEN TURN IT INTO

A HUMAN INTEREST SIDEBAR.

THINK YOU CAN HANDLE THAT?

YEAH, YEAH.

I'LL GET RIGHT ON IT.

NO PROBLEM.

BYE-BYE.

FUCK...

CLOSE ONE.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU DID TO HIM,

BUT HE'S ON YOUR CASE.

I'D SAY WE'RE ABOUT 2 SECONDS AWAY

FROM A FULL BOB FINDLEY EXPLOSION.

WHAT, ARE YOU CRAZY?

YOU'RE GONNA LIGHT UP NOW

AFTER BOB'S BIG NO-SMOKING SPEECH

LAST WEEK?

OH, I MISSED THAT.

YEAH. THAT WAS SMART, TOO.

TRY TO BE A GOOD BOY, OK?

YEAH, OK.

Michelle: ...BEECHUM CASE

OK. VICTIM, AMY WILSON,

MARRIED, 20-YEAR-OLD COED,

SHOT IN THE CHEST WITH A .38

AS SHE STOOD BEHIND THE COUNTER

AT POCUM'S GROCERY IN RICHMOND.

6 MONTHS PREGNANT AT THE TIME,

BOTH SHE AND THE BABY DIED.

OK, LET'S SEE...

2 WITNESSES.

UM, UM, RIGHT.

FIRST WITNESS-- NANCY LARSON,

HOUSEWIFE, MOTHER OF 3,

DRIVES HER CAR INTO THE PARKING LOT AT POCUM'S.

LARSON COULDN'T SEE WHETHER HE HAD A GUN OR NOT.

NO WEAPON WAS EVER FOUND.

LATER SHE PICKED BEECHUM OUT OF A POLICE LINEUP,

AND THAT WAS THE SAME LINEUP

WHERE BEECHUM WAS PICKED OUT

BY DALE PORTERHOUSE, CPA.

HE WAS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD,

HIS CAR OVERHEATED, SO HE DROVE INTO POCUM'S

TO CALL TRIPLE-A.

PORTERHOUSE CALLS THE COPS,

PICKS BEECHUM OUT OF THE LINEUP THAT SAME DAY.

RECORDS LATER SHOW THAT AMY WILSON OWED BEECHUM $96

FOR WORK HE'D DONE ON HER CARBURETOR.

NOTE FOR FUTURE ESSAY--

WHY SO FEW FEMALE CAR MECHANICS?

WANT COFFEE, EV?

IT'S BACK IN FASHION

AS A LATE MORNING PICK-ME-UP.

OH, BRIDGET, UM...

YEAH. MAKE IT A BIG ONE.

WOMEN ARE ALLOWED TO FETCH COFFEE IN THE OFFICE NOW

BECAUSE IMPROVED JOB OPPORTUNITIES

HAVE GIVEN US NEW CONFIDENCE.

UH, BRIDGET, DON'T YOU THINK MAYBE

BEING THE TRENDS EDITOR IS GETTING TO YOU?

I DON'T KNOW.

WAS I AN INSANE PERSON BEFORE?

YOU'RE A GREAT PERSON.

YOU TAKE IT BLACK, RIGHT?

I DO.

OH, SHIT.

Woman: HELLO?

HI.

STEVE, THANK GOD. WHERE ARE YOU?

UM, I'M--I'M AT THE PAPER.

THEY ROPED ME IN.

AH, NO. DID THEY CALL YOU AT THE GYM?

THEY TRIED HERE,

BUT I WOULDN'T TELL THEM WHERE YOU WERE.

I STOPPED BY TO PICK SOMETHING UP,

AND THEY GRABBED ME.

DID YOU HAVE A GOOD WORKOUT, HONEY?

YEAH. DECENT.

GOOD. ANYWAY, YOU REALLY DID PROMISE KATE

YOU'D TAKE HER TO THE ZOO.

OH...THE ZOO.

OHH...

GOD, I FORGOT.

STEVE, SHE REALLY IS EXPECTING YOU.

I'M SORRY ABOUT THAT. I REALLY--

I JUST FORGOT.

LOOK, YOU WORKED ALL WEEKEND,

AND SHE DIDN'T SEE YOU AT ALL.

YOU KNOW HOW SHE LOVES HER DADDY.

HMM...

STEVE, I KNOW IT'S WORK,

BUT I REALLY FEEL IT'D BE A BAD IDEA

TO LET HER DOWN LIKE THIS AGAIN.

UH, LOOK, BARBARA,

THERE'S BEEN AN ACCIDENT.

REMEMBER MICHELLE ZIEGLER?

YOU MET HER AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY.

SHE PILED UP HER CAR UP ON DEAD MAN'S CURVE.

OH, MY GOSH. THAT'S TERRIBLE.

YEAH.

THERE'S SO MANY ACCIDENTS ON THAT ROAD,

THEY REALLY OUGHT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT PLACE.

WHAT WAS THAT?

I SAID THEY REALLY OUGHT TO DO SOMETHING

ABOUT THAT PLACE.

WAS SHE HURT?

"NOT IF I HEARD ANYTHING LIKE THAT."

WHAT?

OH. AHEM. YEAH. DEAD.

OH, THAT'S AWFUL.

DO THEY WANT YOU TO FILL IN FOR HER?

YEAH. THEY'VE--

THEY'VE GOT A TICKET FOR THE EXECUTION TONIGHT.

STEVE, DON'T TELL ME THEY COULDN'T GET

SOMEBODY ELSE FOR THIS?

I MEAN, YOU WERE WORKING ALL WEEKEND.

FINALLY.

WHAT?

WHERE ARE YOU?

UM, BARBARA, LOOK,

I DON'T HAVE TO BE AT SAN QUENTIN TILL 4:00.

WHY DON'T I COME BY, I'LL PICK UP KATIE,

I'LL TAKE HER TO THE ZOO,

AND I'LL BRING HER BACK AT 3:00. HOW 'BOUT THAT?

Bridget: COFFEE TIME.

WHAT ABOUT HER NAP?

SHE'S SUPPOSED TO GO DOWN FOR HER NAP

RIGHT AFTER LUNCH.

HER NAP?

YES.

ISN'T TODAY YOUR DAY OFF?

SHH.

YOU KNOW HOW CRANKY SHE GETS WITHOUT HER NAP.

WELL, I'LL BRING HER A DOUBLE ESPRESSO.

STEVEN...

IT'S JUST A JOKE.

AND I'M BUSTING A GUT.

ALL RIGHT, I'LL BE THERE IN A HALF HOUR,

12:30 AT THE LATEST.

WHY'D YOU HAVE TO GO IN THERE ON YOUR DAY OFF?

ARE YOU STILL TRYING TO MAKE UP

FOR THAT MIKE VARGAS THING?

I'LL BE THERE AT 12:30, ALL RIGHT?

UH-OH. MORE AND MORE OFFICE WORKERS

ARE INSISTING ON THE RIGHT

NOT TO BREATHE SECOND-HAND SMOKE.

AND MORE AND MORE SCUMBAGS DON'T CARE.

WELL, BRIDGET, YOU'RE AN ADORABLE PERSON.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT. HMM...

WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES?

WHO CAN SAY?

I HATE MY JOB, EV.

BUT I LOVE WATCHING YOU DO IT, DARLIN'.

DON'T LOOK NOW.

GOSH, MR. REPORTER,

IS THAT WHAT REAL NEWSPAPERMEN GET TO READ?

DALE PORTERHOUSE.

"NO, I WOULDN'T HAVE,

"I COULDN'T HAVE HEARD THE SHOTS,

"BECAUSE ALL THE WINDOWS WERE ROLLED UP,

"I HAD THE RADIO PLAYING,

"THE AIR CONDITIONING WAS ON...

THAT'S PROBABLY WHY THE CAR OVERHEATED."

CLOSE QUOTE.

THAT'S ANOTHER WILD HUNCH DOWN THE DRAIN.

MY CONDOLENCES.

NO GREAT LOSS.

LOOK, IF ANYBODY CALLS,

I'M AT THE ZOO.

ME, TOO.

Man: GOOD MORNING, FRANK.

THOUGHT MAYBE, UM...

WELL, IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT I CAN DO FOR YOU.

IF THERE'S ANYTHING

YOU'D LIKE TO TALK TO ME ABOUT,

I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW I'M HERE.

I'M AVAILABLE.

I UNDERSTAND YOU'RE A BIBLE-READING MAN.

BUT YOU KNOW...

FRANK, JUST READING THE BIBLE ISN'T ENOUGH, IS IT?

NO.

A MAN CAN'T GO TO HIS MAKER

WITH THE SINS OF HIS SOUL UNREPENTED OF.

WITH THE HURT HE'S CAUSED FOLKS

JUST...YOU KNOW...

UNREPENTED OF.

A LOT OF FOLKS OUT THERE WOULD FEEL A WHOLE LOT BETTER

TO HEAR THAT YOU WERE REMORSEFUL

FOR SOME OF THE PAIN THAT YOU'VE CAUSED THEM.

YOU COULD DO A LOT OF GOOD WITH THOSE WORDS, FRANK.

FRANK?

I...

I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO TELL YOU.

FRANK--

REVEREND SHILLERMAN...

I WANT YOU TO LEAVE.

I HAVE MY OWN PASTOR COMING LATER.

NOW, SON...

SON, I DON'T NEED TO TELL YOU...

THAT THERE IS GONNA COME A TIME,

AND I'M AFRAID THAT TIME IS NOT FAR OFF, WHEN YOU MAY--

REEDY.

WISH THAT YOU HAD MADE A DIFFERENT DECISION,

BUT IT WILL BE TOO LATE.

REEDY!

WHAT CAN I GET YOU, FRANK?

I WANT YOU TO GET

THIS DAMN FOOL OUT OF MY FACE,

CALLIN' HIMSELF A MAN OF GOD.

REVEREND SHILLERMAN.

REVEREND SHIT-FOR-BRAINS.

NOW, FRANK...

I MYSELF WOULD NOT WANT TO BE

STRAPPED TO THAT TABLE TONIGHT WITH THE WRONGS

THAT I'VE COMMITTED UNREPENTED OF.

REVEREND, COME ON.

BECAUSE WHEN THEY STICK THAT NEEDLE IN YOUR ARM...

JESUS, REVEREND, COME ON.

FEEL YOUR BLOOD RUNNING--

THAT'S ENOUGH! REVEREND, COME ON.

GET HIM OUT OF HERE!

I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU, FRANK.

I'M SORRY, TOO, BELIEVE ME.

I MEAN IT, REVEREND.

WE DON'T WANT NO TROUBLE HERE.

ALL RIGHT. I JUST FELT YOU KNOW, IT'S MY JOB.

IT MAY BE UPSETTING.

EVERYONE WANTS IN ON THE ACTION, RIGHT, FRANK?

FRANK?

Radio newsman: WELL, 12 HOURS FROM NOW,

CONVICTED KILLER FRANK BEECHUM

WILL BE EXECUTED BY LETHAL INJECTION.

BEECHUM WAS CONVICTED 6 YEARS AGO

OF THE BRUTAL SLAYING OF 20-YEAR-OLD COED

AMY WILSON AND HER UNBORN CHILD

AT POCUM'S GROCERY

IN THE RICHMOND SECTION OF THE COUNTY.

WILSON, WHO WAS MARRIED AND 6 MONTHS PREGNANT,

WAS WORKING AS A CASHIER AT THE GROCERY.

[HORN HONKS]

ARGUED OVER $96 THAT SHE OWED HIM

AND WAS UNABLE TO PAY.

NOW THE WEATHER FOR THE BAY AREA.

NIGHT AND MORNING LOW CLOUDS,

FOG EVENTUALLY CLEARING.

MOSTLY CLOUDY TONIGHT

WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS...

[TELEVISION PLAYING NEWS]

CAN I HELP YOU?

YEAH. I'M A REPORTER FROM THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE.

ISN'T THIS THE PLACE THAT AMY WILSON WAS KILLED?

IT SURE IS.

SHE WAS RIGHT BEHIND THIS SAME COUNTER.

ALMOST 6 YEARS AGO EXACTLY.

MR. POCUM SAYS...

A NEEDLE'S TOO GOOD FOR HIM.

FOR BEECHUM.

ME, I SAY THEY OUGHT TO BRING BACK THE CHAIR.

THAT'S WHAT I SAY.

REALLY LET HIM HAVE A JOLT OF SOMETHING.

WHAT'S BACK THERE?

BATHROOM. MR. POCUM WAS ALWAYS REAL NICE

ABOUT LETTING FOLKS COME IN AND DO THEIR BUSINESS.

YEAH, WELL...

I'LL COME BACK SOME OTHER TIME, MAYBE,

AND DO SOME REALLY SERIOUS SHOPPING.

AM I GONNA BE IN THE NEWSPAPER?

WAS THERE SOMETHING HERE BEFORE?

YES, SIR, THAT'S WHERE THE POTATO CHIPS USED TO BE,

BUT MR. POCUM MOVED THE RACK OVER HERE.

SO IT WOULD BE WHAT YOU CALL AN IMPULSE KIND OF PURCHASE.

THIS IN THAT STORY YOU'RE WRITING?

THAT'S A GOOD POINT.

NO, I'M WRITING A HUMAN INTEREST SIDEBAR.

YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS?

NO, I DON'T THINK I DO.

I DON'T THINK I DO EITHER.

SORRY. GOT HUNG UP.

DADDY.

YEAH, AREN'T WE GONNA GO TO THE ZOO TODAY?

YEAH.

WELL, WHAT'S HOLDING US UP, HUH?

YEAH.

YEAH, DON'T YOU WANT TO GET DRESSED?

COME ON. WE'LL CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES.

WHAT ANIMAL DO YOU WANT TO SEE?

DADDY, I WANT TO GO SEE THE HIPPOPOTAMUS.

COME ON, LET'S CHANGE INTO PANTS.

YAY!

COME ON, LET'S HURRY.

AND...

I'LL TELL YA, I MEAN,

LOOKIN' INTO THOSE EYES, I DON'T THINK, UM...

WELL, IT WAS LIKE,

IT WAS LIKE LOOKING INTO THE EYES OF A GOAT...

SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

THEY WERE THAT COLD.

I...DON'T--

I CAN'T HONESTLY SAY THAT I'VE EVER WISHED ANYONE DEAD,

BUT I THINK I WILL FEEL A WHOLE LOT SAFER

WHEN FRANK BEECHUM'S GONE.

THAT WAS DALE PORTERHOUSE, AN ACCOUNTANT WITH THE FIRM

OF STOKES AND WHITNEY.

MR. PORTERHOUSE WAS THE STATE'S KEY WITNESS

IN THE AMY WILSON CASE 6 YEARS AGO,

A CASE THAT WILL FINALLY CULMINATE

AT ONE MINUTE PAST MIDNIGHT

WITH THE EXECUTION BY LETHAL INJECTION

OF FRANK BEECHUM.

Operator: INFORMATION. WHAT CITY, PLEASE?

FOR OAKLAND, PLEASE. FOR STOKES AND WHITNEY.

IT'S AN ACCOUNTING FIRM.

THE NUMBER YOU'VE REQUESTED IS 555...

COME ON, LET'S GO.

DADDY'S WAITING--

WHAT, STEVE, WHAT IS IT?

IT'S JUST A HUNCH I'VE GOT. DON'T WORRY.

BEAR WITH ME.

UH, YEAH, HI.

IS DALE PORTERHOUSE THERE, PLEASE?

Woman on phone: I'M SORRY. MR. PORTERHOUSE HAS LEFT.

Kate: GET OFF THE PHONE, DADDY.

YEAH, UH--

RIGHT NOW.

I'M, UH...

THIS IS STEVE EVERETT.

I'M A REPORTER WITH THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE.

COULD YOU HAVE HIM CALL ME BACK, PLEASE?

IT'S ABOUT THE BEECHUM CASE.

Woman on phone: SURE, I'LL TELL HIM.

Steve: THANKS.

WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER AND MY UNBORN GRANDCHILD.

Woman on phone: MR. EVERETT?

I'LL GIVE YOU MY BEEPER NUMBER.

BEEPER NUMBER? YOU'RE NOT TAKING A BEEPER.

JUST A SECOND. IT'S JUST A HUNCH.

NO BIG DEAL. COME ON.

YEAH, IT'S 555-1439.

Woman on phone: I'LL MAKE SURE HE GETS IT.

THANKS.

OK, SWEETHEART, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

HUH?

ARE YOU READY... FOR THE BIG HIPPO?

COME ON. COME ON.

YOU WANT TO GO TO THE DEN WITH DAD?

I'LL SHOW YOU SOMETHING.

SHOW YOU SOMETHING DAD'S GONNA TAKE WITH HIM.

YEAH. UH-HUH. OK.

NOT THE BEEPER. WRITE DOWN-- NOT THE BEEPER.

JUST PICK UP MY BEEPER.

THIS GOES BEEP, BEEP, BEEP.

BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP...

Both: BEEP, BEEP, BEEP.

YEAH, IT GOES, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP.

BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP.

LET'S GET YOUR JACKET ON. BEEP, BEEP.

YEAH, HERE, PUT THIS ON.

DADDY, I WANT TO GO SEE THE HIPPOPOTAMUS.

HMM? YEAH.

BYE, SWEETHEART.

Kate: BYE.

I LOVE YOU.

BYE, KATIE. BYE. HAVE A GOOD TIME.

I LOVE YOU.

I LOVE YOU, TOO, MAMA.

Barbara: WAIT!

WAIT, WAIT!

YOU FORGOT THE CAR SEAT.

MOTHER, I'M TOO BIG FOR A CAR SEAT.

YEAH, WE'LL PUT HER IN THE BACK. HOW ABOUT THAT?

PUT HER IN THE BACKSEAT, BUT--BUT--BUT SEAT BELT.

DADDY. DADDY.

Barbara: DON'T FORGET THE SEAT BELT.

OK.

THE SEAT BELT, STEVEN.

IT'S FINE. IT'S FINE.

I SHOULD HAVE NEVER STOPPED BY THAT GROCERY STORE.

OH, GOD.

[ENGINE STARTS]

BEEP, BEEP, BEEP...

HI. DALE PORTERHOUSE, PLEASE.

THIS IS STEVE EVERETT, THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE.

BEEP, BEEP, BEEP...

BE WITH YOU IN JUST A SECOND, DARLIN'.

JUST A SECOND.

HI, THIS IS DALE PORTERHOUSE.

WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

YEAH, MR. PORTERHOUSE...

I'LL BE WITH YOU IN A SECOND, DARLIN'. WE'LL GO.

Porterhouse: HELLO?

NO PROBLEM. YEAH, MR. PORTERHOUSE,

THIS IS STEVE EVERETT WITH THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE.

I'M COVERING THE FRANK BEECHUM EXECUTION TONIGHT,

AND I THOUGHT YOU WERE ONE OF THE CHIEF WITNESSES.

Porterhouse: YES, SIR?

WAIT, JUST A SECOND. JUST A SECOND. OK?

I WAS WONDERING IF I COULD HAVE 10 MINUTES WITH YOU.

IT'LL BE 10 MINUTES TOPS.

OH, WELL, I GOT A BIG LUNCHEON.

I CAN'T TALK RIGHT NOW.

I CAN MEET YOU LATER THOUGH.

UH, YEAH, WHERE?

WELL, HOW ABOUT WE MEET DOWNSTAIRS?

THERE'S A RESTAURANT CALLED THE BREAKROOM.

YEAH, I KNOW IT EXACTLY.

[KATE FUSSING]

ON 9th STREET, ISN'T IT?

HOW ABOUT I MEET YOU THERE IN ABOUT A HALF HOUR?

OK, A HALF HOUR IT WILL BE.

THANKS. BYE.

OK, BABY, GET IN HERE. COME ON.

BUT--BUT I'M TOO BIG TO SIT IN A STROLLER.

OH, THAT'S NONSENSE.

WE'RE GONNA PLAY THIS GAME CALLED SPEED ZOO.

SPEED ZOO?

YEAH.

MONKEYS.

MONKEYS!

OK...

GIRAFFE!

WE GO FAST.

WE GO FAST!

BIRDIES.

BIRDIES!

CAMEL.

CAMEL!

YEAH.

WE GO FAST.

WE GO FAST!

WHERE'S THE HIPPOPOTAMUS?

ELEPHANTS. LOOK AT THE ELEPHANTS.

WHERE'S THE HIPPOPOTAMUS?

SPEED ZOO.

I WANT TO SEE THE HIPPOPOTAMUS.

WE GO FAST.

I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS.

AAH!

[KATE CRYING]

I'M SORRY, SWEETHEART.

I AM SO SORRY.

I'M SORRY. I WOULDN'T HAVE HAD THIS HAPPEN.

MOMMY!

I WANT MY MOMMY!

YEAH, I KNOW, SWEETIE.

DADDY'S SORRY, HONEY.

WHAT--OHH!

OH, MY GOD. WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?

SHE'S A REAL TROOPER, I'VE GOT TO TELL YA...

OH, MY GOD!

WHAT THE HELL'S THE MATTER WITH YOU?

[DOOR BUZZER]

[KNOCKS]

HOW YOU HOLDIN' UP?

OK.

WELL, LIKE I SAID, THERE'S ALWAYS A CHANCE,

BUT...YOU KNOW,

WITH ALL THE FEELING ABOUT THE GIRL AND ALL...

YOU KNOW HOW THE GOVERNOR'S

ALL TOUGH ON CRIME AND SO FORTH.

SO MR. BARRIS SAYS THAT MAYBE...

IF YOU'D JUST TELL THEM ABOUT HOW REMORSEFUL YOU FEEL...

YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING?

I DIDN'T DO IT.

I UNDERSTAND. I'M JUST TELLING YOU

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE FACING HERE, ALL RIGHT?

I CAN'T SAY I'M SORRY FOR WHAT I NEVER DID.

OK, LISTEN.

I'LL CALL YOU BACK

AS SOON AS THE APPEAL COMES DOWN. ALL RIGHT?

HI, DADDY. I BROUGHT YOU A PICTURE,

BUT IT'S NOT FINISHED. SO I HAVE TO FINISH IT, OK?

Frank: HOLD ON A SECOND. THEY'RE GONNA LET ME IN.

DON'T BE SAD NOW. COME ON.

YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE AFRAID, HUH? HMM?

COME AND GIVE DADDY A BIG HUG, PLEASE?

MMM...MMM.

COME ON, COME ON. DON'T BE SAD.

NOW, DON'T BE AFRAID.

WE'RE NOT GONNA BE AFRAID.

I'M GONNA FINISH MY PICTURE NOW, DADDY, OK?

UH-HUH. WANT YOU TO DO DADDY A FAVOR, OK?

NOW, WALK OVER HERE. IT'S GONNA BE OK.

I WANT YOU TO SIT RIGHT HERE.

I'M GONNA HAVE A LITTLE TALK

WITH MOMMY, OK?

OK.

GIVE ME A KISS.

[CRYING]

ALL RIGHT, NOW. COME ON.

COME ON. COME ON, NOW.

I'M JUST GOING HOME TO DREAMLAND, THAT'S ALL.

HMM?

LOOK, IT'S GREEN PASTURES, DADDY.

SEE? HERE'S THE BLUE SKY.

I MADE IT AT THE MOTEL.

GONNA BE HOLDIN' 2 PLACES AT THE TABLE FOR US. OK?

MM-HMM.

HEY, WE'RE NOT GONNA CRY.

I'M SORRY. OK.

YOU KNOW I'M GOING TO A BETTER PLACE

BEYOND THIS PLACE, RIGHT?

RIGHT. OK.

RIGHT.

OK.

THE THING I WORRY ABOUT MOST IN ALL THIS...

OH, NO! SHE LOVES YOU. SHE LOVES YOU.

I DON'T--

I DON'T WANT HER TO EVER THINK THAT HER DADDY--

SHE WON'T DO THAT.

MM-MMM. SHE KNOWS YOU.

I CAN'T FIND GREEN, MAMA. DO YOU HAVE IT?

I--ALL THE CRAYONS ARE IN THE BOX, HONEY.

WELL, I CAN'T FIND IT.

DON'T YOU EVER LET HER THINK IT.

DO THAT FOR ME, OK?

I SWEAR.

IT'S LOST. I CAN'T FIND IT ANYWHERE.

WELL, CAN YOU USE ANOTHER COLOR, HONEY?

NO! I HAVE TO HAVE GREEN. IT'S GREEN PASTURES.

WELL, JUST LOOK FOR IT, BABY.

IT'S GOT TO BE IN HERE SOMEWHERE.

I'M SURE DADDY WON'T MIND

IF YOU USE ANOTHER COLOR, GAIL.

OK, BABY.

OK, SHH. CALM DOWN.

CALM DOWN, HONEY. IT'S OK.

Plunkitt: MRS. BEECHUM?

WHAT PARKING AREA DID YOU USE?

[RING]

YUP.

YEAH, JUST A MOMENT.

FRANK?

IT'S YOUR LAWYER AGAIN.

FRANK?

YEAH.

WE LOST IT.

I'M SORRY.

NOW, UH...MR. BARRIS

WILL STILL BE AT THE GOVERNOR'S DESK

LATE THIS AFTERNOON, ALL RIGHT?

BUT...

WE GOT TO BE HONEST ABOUT

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE.

YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING?

OK.

FRANK...

I'M REALLY SORRY, FRANK.

WE TRIED, BUT, YOU KNOW, IT JUST DIDN'T WORK.

OK.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY, FRANK.

I'M--I'M SO SORRY.

OK.

GOD BLESS YOU, FRANK.

SO, THEY SAY ANYTHING?

NO, NO, NOTHING YET.

YOU KNOW HOW THESE LEGAL THINGS ARE, BONNIE.

THEY TAKE FOREVER.

CONTROL, WE'VE LOCATED THE MATERIAL.

COPY THAT.

GOOD NEWS.

THEY FOUND THE CRAYON. IT'LL BE HERE MOMENTARILY.

YOU HEAR THAT, SWEETIE?

NOW YOU CAN SHOW DADDY SOME REAL PASTURES.

GREEN PASTURES.

YES, RIGHT, BABY'S GREEN PASTURES.

COME HERE.

MM-HMM.

THE GREEN IS COMIN'.

TOLD YA THEY WOULD FIND IT.

Porterhouse: I BELIEVE THERE'S SUCH A THING IN THIS WORLD

AS GOOD CITIZENSHIP.

I MEAN, IF A MAN SEES AN INJUSTICE BEING DONE,

LET ALONE A COLD-BLOODED MURDER,

I BELIEVE HE HAS--

LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT.

YOU DIDN'T REALLY SEE THE MURDER.

OF COURSE NOT. I NEVER-- I NEVER SAID I DID.

WELL, WHAT DID YOU SEE?

MR. EVERETT, I'VE BEEN THROUGH THIS SO MANY TIMES THAT--

I KNOW, I'M SORRY.

CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY REPORTERS--

I'M JUST HAVING TROUBLE GETTING IT INTO MY HEAD.

IT'S SIMPLE.

I WENT INTO POCUM'S TO USE THE PHONE.

MY CAR HAD OVERHEATED.

AS SOON AS THE DOOR SLAMMED BEHIND ME,

BEECHUM JUMPED UP FROM BEHIND THE COUNTER.

THE GUY WAS COVERED WITH BLOOD AND HE HAD A GUN IN HIS HAND.

I GUESS IT WAS THE POINT WHERE HE WAS BENDING OVER AMY--

M-MRS. WILSON--STEALING HER RING AND HER NECKLACE.

HE GOT ONE GOOD LOOK AT ME,

AND THEN HE RAN OUT THE SERVICE ENTRANCE.

MY CONCERN, OF COURSE, IS FOR THE GIRL.

SO I IMMEDIATELY DIAL 911.

I MEAN, I FIGURED... [CHUCKLES]

WELL, I FIGURE,

WHY SHOULD I RUN AFTER A KILLER

WHO'S GOT A GUN IN HIS HAND,

WHEN I CAN LET THE POLICE DO THEIR JOB?

AND THEY SURE DID IT, DIDN'T THEY?

YEAH, THEY SURE DID. I MEAN, AS I SAY,

WE LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE THERE'S A RULE OF LAW.

I MEAN, AN ORDINARY CITIZEN WHO DOES--

AREN'T YOU GONNA TAKE SOME NOTES OR SOMETHING?

OR USE A TAPE RECORDER?

I MEAN, USUALLY WHEN I'M TALKING TO REPORTERS,

THEY WANT TO KEEP SOME KIND OF RECORD

OF WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYING.

OH, I...I'VE GOT A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY.

WHAT? IS THAT SOME KIND OF JOKE?

NO, I HAVE... A NOTEBOOK RIGHT HERE.

I'M JUST HAVING ONE OF THOSE OFF DAYS.

YOU'LL HAVE TO EXCUSE ME.

SLOW DAY.

YEAH, WELL, UH...

MY--MY POINT SIMPLY WAS THIS. A MAN--

MR. PORTERHOUSE, LET ME CUT TO THE CHASE, WILL YA?

ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY SURE ABOUT YOUR TESTIMONY?

YOU SAW FRANK BEECHUM'S FACE AND THE GUN?

IF I HAD ANY DOUBT ABOUT MY TESTIMONY, MR. EVERETT,

I WOULD HAVE TOLD THE POLICE.

THAT MUST HAVE BEEN SCARY, HUH?

HAVING HIM POINT THAT GUN RIGHT AT YA?

NO, NO, NO. THANK GOD, NO. IT WASN'T LIKE THAT.

WAS IT UP ABOVE HIS HEAD?

NO, NO... HE HAD THE GUN

DOWN BY HIS SIDE IN A VERY NORMAL WAY.

HOW COULD YOU HAVE SEEN OVER THE POTATO CHIPS?

WHAT?

DON'T KNOW--I...

WHAT POTATO CHIPS?

I HAD A PERFECTLY CLEAR VIEW.

LOOK...RIGHT HERE...

HERE'S WHERE YOU COME IN,

THE MAIN ENTRANCE.

YOU'RE LOOKING ACROSS, AND YOU SEE BEECHUM.

HE'S GOING OUT THE SERVICE ENTRANCE.

WELL, RIGHT HERE IN THE CENTER

IS A RACK OF POTATO CHIPS.

NOW, I DON'T KNOW--

I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU COULD HAVE SEEN A GUN THERE...

HEY, WHAT ARE YOU DOIN'?

UNLESS HE WAS WAVING IT UP OVER HIS HEAD OR SOMETHING.

WHY WOULD I SAY I SAW A GUN, IF I DIDN'T SEE A GUN?

I DON'T KNOW.

MAYBE YOU JUST LIKE TELLIN' A STORY...

OR TELLIN' THE POLICE, TELLIN' THE REPORTERS,

SOMETHING THEY DIDN'T ALREADY HAVE.

MAYBE YOU LIKE TELLIN'

THE GIRLS AROUND THE OFFICE,

AROUND THE COFFEE MACHINE,

STUFF LIKE THAT.

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ABSURD.

DO YOU ACTUALLY THINK

THAT I WOULD JEOPARDIZE A MAN'S LIFE

IN ORDER TO IMPRESS A BUNCH OF GIRLS AROUND MY OFFICE?

I DON'T KNOW, MR. PORTERHOUSE,

WE ONLY JUST MET.

THAT'S RIGHT, MR. EVERETT, WE ONLY JUST MET.

BUT I DID SOME CHECKIN' ON YOU BEFORE I RETURNED YOUR CALL.

YOU'RE THE GUY WHO LED THAT CRUSADE

TO GET THE RAPIST RELEASED LAST YEAR, AREN'T YA?

THAT LYING WHAT'S-HIS-NAME?

YOU WOULDN'T BE REFERRING

TO THE MIKE VARGAS CASE, WOULD YA?

HAD ALL YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT ON THAT ONE, TOO, DIDN'T YA?

THEN THEY THREATENED HIM WITH THE DNA TEST.

THE GUY CONFESSES.

I'M SURPRISED THEY DIDN'T FIRE YOU ON THE SPOT.

SO AM I.

LOOK, I'M SORRY.

I JUST THOUGHT...

I DON'T KNOW WHAT I THOUGHT.

HELLO, CAN I TELL YOU ABOUT THE SPECIALS TODAY?

ALL RIGHT. LUNCH IS HERE...

AND THE DRINKS ARE COLD. WHO GETS THE ROAST BEEF?

OVER HERE, ZACK.

HERE YA...

THERE'S MORE FAT AND LESS MEAT

EVERY TIME I GET THIS HERE.

AIN'T THAT THE WAY YOU ORDER IT, ARNOLD--

HOLD THE MEAT, BUT LEAVE THE FAT?

HEY, ARNOLD'S ALL RIGHT. THE MORE OF HIM THE BETTER.

OK...

WHAT DO YOU SAY WE DO SOME WORK

WHILE WE FEED OUR FACES?

NOW, YOU ALL KNOW, THAT AT 1800 HOURS,

THE WHOLE PROCEDURE STAFF

MEETS HERE FOR ITS FINAL BRIEFING.

AND WE HAVE--

EXCUSE ME, WARDEN.

IS GONNA BE HOLDIN' A PRAYER MEETING

AT THE END OF THE BRIEFING.

Prisoner: HEY, NO WAY! LET GO!

HALF AN HOUR!

WHICH IS OPTIONAL FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO STAY.

[PRISONER SHOUTING]

ALSO BE ADVISED THERE'S A...

THAT THERE'S A CHANGE IN THE 1600 INTERVIEW THING.

THE GIRL HAD SOME KIND OF ACCIDENT AND...

THEY'RE REPLACING HER WITH A GUY NAMED EVERETT.

DAMN.

NOW, I REALIZE HIS BUTT

AIN'T QUITE UP TO THE STANDARD OF MICHELLE'S...

[LAUGHS]

BUT THAT'S WHO'S COMING ANYWAY.

EVERYONE CLEAR ON THAT?

WELL, SPEAK OF THE DEVIL.

ALAN HERE TELLS ME I'M PAYING YOU TOO MUCH.

WELL, YOU CAN REST ASSURED I'M FRITTERING IT AWAY

ON WOMEN AND BOOZE.

YOU'RE A REAL DYED-IN-THE-WOOL

SON OF A BITCH, EVERETT.

ANYBODY EVER TELL YOU THAT?

JUST CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

I'LL--I'LL COME BACK LATER.

NO, NO, NO, NO. I WAS JUST LEAVING.

STILL SOBER AS A JUDGE, RIGHT?

AH, WELL, I GUESS YOU HAVEN'T BEEN PARTYING

WITH THE ALAMEDA COUNTY JUDGES LATELY.

YEAH. SOBER AS AN EX-DRUNK, SIR.

GOOD TO SEE YOU, STEVE.

SIR.

ALAN.

STOP FUCKING BOB'S WIFE. HE DOESN'T LIKE IT.

WHAT DO YOU DO,

PUT IT IN THE COMPANY NEWSPAPER?

LISTEN, IF HE COMES TO ME, AND HE WANTS YOUR ASS,

I'M GONNA HAVE TO GIVE IT TO HIM.

THEN YOU'LL JUST BE A HOLE WITH NO ASS AROUND IT.

YOU KNOW WHAT, EV?

YOU'RE A FUCKING WOMANIZER, THAT'S WHAT.

YOU'RE FUCKING UP YOUR WHOLE CAREER,

AND YOU'RE FUCKING UP YOUR MARRIAGE.

AND IF YOU CAN'T KEEP YOUR GOD DAMN PRICK IN YOUR PANTS,

THEN I CAN'T GOD DAMN PROTECT YOU.

HOW WAS SHE?

NONE OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS. NOT BAD.

LUCKY BASTARD. I ALWAYS LIKED HER

AND RESPECTED HER.

HEY, DID I EVER TELL YOU ABOUT THAT ASSISTANT D.A.

I WAS BANGING IN NEW YORK?

NO, AND IF YOU START TO TELL ME NOW,

I'M GONNA COME ACROSS THAT DESK

AND RIP YOUR THROAT OUT WITH MY BARE HANDS.

I'LL SAVE IT FOR ANOTHER DAY.

EDIFYING STORY, THOUGH.

LOOK, I'VE GOT THIS PROBLEM.

AHH...THE NICKEL FINALLY DROPS.

YOU DO HAVE A PROBLEM.

DIDN'T I TELL YOU THAT BOB HAS BEEN GUNNIN' FOR YOU

SINCE THE DAY HE GOT HERE?

HUH? IN HIS QUIET, EARNEST, REASONABLE WAY.

HE'S PROBABLY GLAD YOU'RE BANGIN' HIS WIFE.

NOW HE HAS SOME ETHICAL MANDATE

TO ANNIHILATE YOU.

THAT'S GREAT. I LIVE TO MAKE HIM HAPPY,

BUT THAT'S NOT THE PROBLEM.

YOU SHOULD HAVE FUCKED MY WIFE.

I'D HAVE JUST PUNCHED YOU OUT.

I DID FUCK YOUR WIFE.

OH, LUCKY BASTARD. HOW WAS SHE, GOOD?

A REAL WILDCAT.

GREAT.

BUT THAT'S NOT THE PROBLEM.

WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM, HUH? TELL PAPA.

YOU CAN COME TO PAPA, YOU SOULLESS SACK OF SHIT.

COME ON, WHAT IS IT?

IT'S, UH...

FRANK BEECHUM.

HMM.

I THINK HE MAY BE INNOCENT.

AFTER THE BRIEFING, ARNOLD'S GOING TO BE

CHECKING THE PHONES IN THE CHAMBER,

MAKE SURE WE GOT THE OPEN LINES WORKING.

DON'T WANT THE GOVERNOR TO GET A BUSY SIGNAL.

DON'T WORRY.

I GOT CALL WAITING PUT ON THAT LINE.

RUBIN, YOU MAKE SURE

THE CLOCKS IN THERE ARE SYNCHRONIZED...

AND THE ONE IN THE PRESS ROOM, TOO.

PAT, YOU'VE GOT THE STRAP-DOWN TEAM, OK?

I, UM, MYSELF, HAD A PERSONAL

HEART-TO-HEART WITH THE PRISONER MYSELF

THIS MORNING, AND GOING BY MY EXPERIENCE

WITH THE MAN, HE WON'T BE ANY TROUBLE.

IN MY OPINION.

I'LL, UM...

ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

WHAT DO YOU GOT ON FRANK BEECHUM?

OH, EV--

EV--EV--EV--EV--

ALAN, YES.

ALAN, LOOK--LOOK. LISTEN TO ME--

NO. I DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN TO YOU.

I'M LOOKING AT YOU.

I'M LOOKING,

AND I CAN SEE A REPORTER WHO'S ABOUT TO TELL ME

HE HAS A HUNCH.

I'VE BEEN CHECKING ON SOME THINGS.

DO YOU KNOW MY OPINION

OF REPORTERS WHO HAVE HUNCHES?

I INTERVIEWED THIS WITNESS

WHO SAID HE SAW A GUN.

I DON'T THINK HE SAW A GUN.

I CAN'T FART LOUD ENOUGH TO EXPRESS MY OPINION.

EVEN MICHELLE THOUGHT

THE WHOLE THING STUNK.

SHE THOUGHT THERE WERE DISCREPANCIES.

DISCREPANCIES?

YES.

AFTER A POLICE INVESTIGATION,

A TRIAL, WHAT, 6 YEARS OF APPEALS,

AND YOU FOUND DISCREPANCIES?

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU? WHAT, ALL OF HALF AN HOUR?

YOU KNOW HOW THE COURT SYSTEM GOES.

HIS FIRST ATTORNEY WAS PROBABLY

SOME 12-YEAR-OLD LEGAL AIDE GUY.

HE COULDN'T OBJECT ENOUGH

FOR THE APPELLATE COURT TO EVEN MAKE

AN INTELLIGENT DECISION.

THAT'S IF THEY COULD MAKE ONE.

EV, COME ON, HUH?

I GOT YOUR APPEAL. COME ON.

ALAN, THEY'RE GONNA KILL THE GUY TONIGHT.

[SIGHS]

[SIGHS] ALL RIGHT. FUCK, MAN.

MAN, I MUST BE ON ACID.

SO YOU'RE TRYING TO TELL ME

THAT YOU WANT TO TURN A ROUTINE EXECUTION PIECE

INTO SOME BIG FIGHT-FOR-JUSTICE STORY,

AND, WHAT, THAT'LL GIVE ME AN EXCUSE

TO STAND UP FOR YOU WHEN BOB ASKS ME

TO TRANSFER YOU TO THE TOILET.

IS THAT IT? HUH?

ALAN, I NEED THIS.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET YOUR WIFE AND KID BACK.

YOU KNOW THAT--NO! SHE'S GOING TO FIND OUT.

NO. OK? AND I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU WHAT WILL HAPPEN

IF THIS TURNS INTO ANOTHER MIKE VARGAS PIECE, OK?

SO YOU COME UP WITH SOMETHING,

FINE, I'LL RUN IT, BUT, MAN,

IT HAD BETTER BE GOOD.

MIKE VARGAS THING,

I WAS DRINKING IN THOSE DAYS.

YOU LOSE YOUR NOSE WHEN YOU'RE DRINKING.

MY NOSE IS BACK.

WELL, WE'LL BOTH FIND OUT, WON'T WE?

OH, JUST ONE THING.

UM, IF I DO COME UP WITH SOMETHING,

WE--WE CAN'T WAIT TILL TOMORROW

TO RUN THE STORY.

OH, MY GOD. I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING.

YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE THOSE DOGS,

THEY CAN HEAR A HIGH-PITCHED SOUND

THAT HUMANS CAN'T HEAR.

I CAN ACTUALLY HEAR YOUR LITTLE BRAIN

TICK-TICK-TICKING AWAY.

I REALLY CAN, OK?

AND LET ME JUST REMIND YOU,

IF YOU GO TO LOWENSTEIN

THINKING THAT HE'LL CALL THE GOVERNOR--

THE GOVERNOR WILL LISTEN TO LOWENSTEIN.

IT BETTER BE AWFULLY FUCKING GOOD,

OR HE NOT ONLY WON'T CALL THE GOVERNOR,

HE WILL EAT YOUR HEART

AND THROW YOUR CARCASS TO THE DOGS.

YOU WON'T HAVE TO BONE HIS WIFE, PAL.

HE'LL FIRE YOU FOR FREE.

OK?

THANKS, AL.

EV, YOU DON'T HAVE TO THANK ME,

'CAUSE HONEST TO GOD, I DON'T KNOW WHOSE ASS

YOU'RE TRYING TO SAVE HERE,

BEECHUM'S OR YOUR OWN,

BUT IF YOUR NOSE FOR A STORY IS GONE,

MY FRIEND, YOU'RE GONE, TOO,

BECAUSE I'M NOT GONNA RUN THIS PAPER

TO SALVAGE WHAT'S LEFT

OF YOUR SMARMY LITTLE EXISTENCE.

SO LOOK, YOU STAND THERE,

AND YOU LOOK ME IN THE EYE,

AND YOU TELL ME MAN TO MAN...

WAS SHE PRETTY GOOD?

SERIOUSLY.

FUCK YOU.

LUCKY BASTARD. WOOF.

GO GET 'EM, TIGER.

I, UH...

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY TO YOU.

BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT ALL MORNING

TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IT WAS

THAT I WANTED TO SAY TO YOU,

AND, UH, I DON'T...

I'M SORRY, BOB.

I REALLY AM SORRY.

[LAUGHS]

I DON'T--I DON'T THINK YOU ARE.

I DON'T THINK YOU'RE CAPABLE

OF FEELING SORRY.

I DON'T THINK YOU'RE CAPABLE OF FEELING

ANYTHING FOR OTHER PEOPLE.

MAYBE YOU'RE RIGHT.

MAYBE YOU'RE RIGHT, BOB.

HOW'D YOU FIND OUT?

SHE TOLD ME.

SHE TOLD YOU?

YEAH.

SHE SAVED SOME OF YOUR CIGARETTE BUTTS

AND PUT THEM IN AN ASHTRAY

BY THE SIDE OF THE BED.

IT'S HER WAY OF LETTING ME KNOW.

[SIGHS]

WELL, I GUESS THAT'S ALL THAT WAS,

WAS A WAY OF GETTING YOUR ATTENTION.

IF IT HELPS ANY, I, UH,

I FEEL AWFUL.

IT DOESN'T HELP.

[SIGHS]

OH, THAT IS SO BEAUTIFUL, SWEETHEART.

I'LL KEEP IT WITH ME ALWAYS.

I PROMISE YOU.

CAN WE COME BACK TOMORROW?

CAN WE STAY AT THE MOTEL AGAIN?

TOMORROW.

WELL, UM,

TOMORROW YOU AND MAMA GET TO GO HOME.

I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME.

I WANT TO STAY WITH YOU.

[KEYS RATTLE]

WELL, COME ON, SWEETIE, UH,

YOU'RE A BIG GIRL NOW.

LOVE YOU.

YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON HERE, RIGHT, DON'T YOU?

HMM?

YES.

THEN YOU KNOW AFTER TODAY...

YOU WON'T SEE DADDY NO MORE.

HMM? BUT I WILL BE THERE

IN SPIRIT.

I PROMISE.

YOU CAN TALK TO ME WHENEVER YOU WANT,

ALL RIGHT?

YOU REMEMBER...

WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THE LITTLE BABY JESUS?

HMM? REMEMBER THAT?

WELL, I WILL BE UP THERE WITH HIM,

AND I WILL BE WATCHING YOU.

I'LL WAIT FOR YOU...

AND IF YOU WANT TO TALK TO ME ANYTIME,

I WILL BE THERE.

LISTENING.

OK?

OHH. I'M GOING TO MISS YOU SO BAD, HONEY.

LOOK AT--UM,

I WROTE YOU A LETTER.

AND MAMA WILL HAVE IT, OK,

WHEN YOU--YOU NEED IT LATER ON, OK?

SO GO HOME.

GO ON, NOW. OK?

GAIL, YOU WANT TO TAKE THESE, HONEY?

TAKE THESE, OK?

Guard: COME ON, IT'S TIME.

I LOVE YOU.

[SIGHS]

I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, GAIL, OK?

WHY CAN'T YOU JUST COME HOME?

OH, LORD.

WHY CAN'T YOU JUST KILL ALL THESE PEOPLE

AND COME HOME?

DON'T SAY THAT, GAIL, PLEASE.

DON'T EVER SAY THAT, OK?

DON'T SAY THAT, OK?

I LOVE YOU, BABY.

OK?

I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU.

[CRYING] GOOD-BYE, DADDY.

[SOBS]

Gail, trailing off: GOOD-BYE, DADDY!

OHH, GOD.

THAT'S TOO-- THAT'S TOO MUCH.

SHE LOVES YOU. I KNOW, HONEY.

[SHOUTING]

[CHANTING]

[HONKS HORN]

[HONKS HORN]

Woman: LET HIM BURN IN HELL!

REMIND ME NOT TO START A LIFE OF CRIME.

THEY LIE, YOU KNOW.

WHO'S THAT?

PRISONERS.

THAT'S WHAT THEY DO.

EVERY WORD THEY SAY IS A LIE.

WELL, EVERYONE LIES, PAL.

I'M JUST HERE TO WRITE IT DOWN.

Reedy: YOU GOT 15 MINUTES, MR. EVERETT,

BY ORDER OF WARDEN PLUNKITT.

KEEP IT TO 15 MINUTES.

MR. EVERETT...

FRANK BEECHUM.

ALL RIGHT. HAVE A SEAT.

[SIGHS]

NO. I GOT 'EM.

SO HOW'S THAT GIRL, UM,

THE OTHER, UM, MICHELLE?

I HEARD SHE WAS IN SOME KIND OF ACCIDENT.

YEAH.

YEAH.

SHE WAS.

SHE WAS IN A CAR WRECK.

SHE DIDN'T MAKE IT.

OH, MAN.

I'M SORRY TO HEAR THAT.

YEAH.

THANKS.

UM...

I GUESS YOU WANT TO HEAR--

[CLEARS THROAT] ABOUT HOW IT FEELS

TO BE IN...IN HERE.

YEAH. IT'S A HUMAN INTEREST PIECE.

UM, I FEEL ISOLATED.

I FEEL FEAR.

FEAR OF PAIN.

FEAR OF PRISON.

THE FEAR OF BEING SEPARATED

FROM MY LOVED ONES.

ALL THOSE FEARS ROLLED UP INTO ONE.

NEVER HAVING A CHANCE TO SEE

MY DAUGHTER DRAW PICTURES LIKE THIS.

SHE SAYS IT'S GREEN PASTURES.

YEAH.

WELL...

[CLEARS THROAT]

I WANT TO TELL EVERYONE THAT, UM,

I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST,

OUR LORD AND SAVIOR.

I BELIEVE THAT...

I'M GOING TO A BETTER PLACE.

THAT THERE'S A BETTER PLACE--

BETTER JUSTICE THERE.

I CAME INTO MY FAITH

LATE IN LIFE.

DID A LOT OF BAD THINGS

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, YOU KNOW?

ANYWAY, UM...

I BELIEVE THAT THE CROOKED

WILL BE MADE STRAIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.

I BELIEVE THAT.

SO THAT'S HOW I FEEL ABOUT IT.

IS THAT ALL RIGHT, MR. EVERETT?

Reedy: YOU GOT 9 MORE MINUTES.

I MEAN, IS THERE ANY MORE THAT YOU WANT?

MR. BEECHUM, YOU DON'T KNOW ME.

I'M JUST A GUY OUT THERE WITH A SCREW LOOSE.

FRANKLY, I DON'T GIVE A RAT'S ASS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST,

AND I DON'T CARE ABOUT JUSTICE IN THIS WORLD OR THE NEXT.

I DON'T EVEN CARE WHAT'S RIGHT OR WRONG. NEVER HAVE.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS?

WHAT IS THIS, SOME KIND OF JOKE?

NO, IT'S NO JOKE. THAT'S MY NOSE.

TO TELL YOU THE PITIFUL TRUTH,

THAT'S ALL I HAVE IN LIFE.

AND WHEN MY NOSE TELLS ME SOMETHING STINKS,

I GOT TO HAVE FAITH IN IT,

JUST LIKE YOU HAVE YOUR FAITH IN JESUS.

WHEN MY NOSE IS WORKING WELL,

I--I KNOW THERE'S TRUTH OUT THERE SOMEWHERE,

BUT IF IT ISN'T WORKING WELL, THEN, UH--

SH--THEY MIGHT AS WELL DRIVE ME OFF A CLIFF,

'CAUSE I'M NOTHING.

WELL...

LATELY I'M... NOT 100% SURE

MY NOSE HAS REALLY BEEN WORKING THAT GREAT,

SO I'M GONNA ASK YOU...

DID YOU KILL THAT WOMAN OR NOT?

WHAT?

WHAT HAPPENED AT THAT STORE THAT DAY

AMY WILSON WAS SHOT?

I WENT...

I WENT INTO THE STORE

TO BUY A BOTTLE OF A-1 SAUCE.

AND YOU PAID FOR IT AT THE COUNTER--

NO, NO. I NEVER GOT IT.

I--I TOLD EVERYBODY THIS ALREADY.

WHY ARE YOU ASKING ME THIS?

TELL IT AGAIN. TO ME.

[SIGHS]

I WENT INTO THE STORE

TO BUY A BOTTLE OF A-1 SAUCE.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE IT WAS,

SO I SAW AMY STANDING BEHIND THE COUNTER...

HEY, AMY.

HI, FRANK.

WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOUR STEAK SAUCE?

OH, IT'S IN THE BACK.

YOU SEE WHERE THE KETCHUP AND RELISH IS?

YEAH.

YOU KNOW, FRANK, I'VE BEEN MEANING

TO TALK TO YOU.

I--I DON'T HAVE IT.

I MEAN, I COULD GIVE YOU 30 NOW,

BUT I DON'T HAVE THE WHOLE THING.

WELL...WHEN DO YOU THINK YOU CAN GIVE ME THE WHOLE 96?

UM, WHEN I GET PAID, JULY 15.

OH. YOU AIN'T GOING TO ALWAYS DO ME LIKE THIS, ARE YOU?

NO, NO. I SWEAR.

IT'S JUST THE END OF SCHOOL YEAR,

AND WE HAVE EXTRA EXPENSES.

WELL, ALL RIGHT, THEN.

JULY 15.

JULY 15.

15. UH, MIND IF I USE YOUR BATHROOM?

OH, NO. YOU KNOW WHERE IT IS, RIGHT?

OK.

SO YOU WEREN'T MAD ABOUT THE MONEY?

NO. I JUST WANTED HER TO UNDERSTAND

THAT I DON'T LIKE DOING BUSINESS THAT WAY.

I MEAN, SHE WAS COOL. I LIKED HER.

WERE YOU CARRYING A GUN?

NO.

SO THEN WHAT?

[SIGHS] I...

ASKED HER TO--COULD I USE HER RESTROOM.

I WENT IN TO USE THE RESTROOM,

AND THE NEXT THING I KNOW, UH,

THERE WAS A GUNSHOT.

Man: THIS ALL YOU GOT?!

[AMY REPLYING]

GIVE ME THE FUCKING CHAIN.

NO, NOT THAT.

GIVE ME THE FUCKING CHAIN!

[GUNSHOT, BODY DROPS]

[FOOTSTEPS RUNNING]

OH, GOD. AMY.

[TIRES SCREECH]

HEY, AMY.

JESUS.

OH.

OH, GOD.

AMY.

JESUS.

AMY, CAN YOU--

OH, CAN YOU BREATHE, AMY?

OH, GOD.

OH, A--OH, GOD.

SOMEBODY HELP US!

AMY.

HELLO?

ANYBODY HERE?

Porterhouse: HELP!

Everett: PLEASE, NOT THAT.

IT'S WHAT I HEARD.

WHY'D YOU RUN?

IT WAS STUPID,

BUT I'VE BEEN RUNNING FROM SOMETHING

FOR MOST OF MY LIFE,

AND THERE I WAS, COVERED IN BLOOD,

WITH A DEAD GIRL RIGHT NEXT TO ME,

A WHITE MAN STARING AT ME LIKE I WAS--

I JUST PANICKED.

THEN WHO SHOT HER, FRANK?

I DON'T KNOW.

DID PORTERHOUSE, DID HE SEE THE GUN?

Reedy: YOU GOT 5 MINUTES.

LOOK, I TOLD YOU, THERE WASN'T NO GUN.

DID PORTERHOUSE SEE THE SHOOTER?

I DON'T KNOW. HOW WOULD I KNOW?

OF COURSE HE DIDN'T SEE THE SHOOTER,

BECAUSE BY THE TIME HE PULLED IN THE PARKING LOT

THE SHOOTER HAD ALREADY LEFT.

THAT'S WHY HE DIDN'T HEAR THE SHOTS.

MR. EVERETT.

[SIGHS] I DON'T KNOW.

I DON'T KNOW WHEN ANYTHING HAPPENED.

YOU DON'T KNOW BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW

HOW LONG YOU WERE ON THE FLOOR

TRYING TO SAVE POOR AMY'S LIFE.

NOW WHAT WAS THIS, A RANDOM SHOOTING?

OR WAS THIS--WAS THERE SOMEBODY ELSE THERE?

I DON'T KNOW. I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING.

GIVE ME SOMETHING, GOD DAMN IT.

JESUS, MAN. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?

WHAT DO YOU PEOPLE WANT FROM ME?

ALL RIGHT, THAT'S IT.

NO. NO.

YOU BELIEVE HIM, DON'T YOU?

DO YOU BELIEVE US?

ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT.

BONNIE, DON'T.

DO YOU BELIEVE US?

YES, I BELIEVE YOU,

FOR CHRIST'S SAKE.

WHERE'S YOUR GOD DAMN HEART?

DON'T YOU THINK THESE PEOPLE HAVE ENOUGH?

WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS IS?

THEN WHERE WERE YOU?

DEAR GOD, WHERE WERE YOU ALL THIS TIME?!

IT WASN'T MY STORY.

IT WAS AN ACCIDENT.

WHERE WERE YOU?

WHERE WERE YOU?

[SOBS]

EVERETT.

WARDEN.

YOU KNOW, PEOPLE COME IN HERE, PRESS,

PRISONERS TELL THEM THINGS.

ALL KIND OF HEART-WRENCHING THINGS.

AND THE NEXT DAY IN THE PAPER,

WE'RE THE ONE WHO COME OUT

SOUNDING LIKE HARD GUYS.

CAN GET PRETTY FRUSTRATING, IS ALL.

YEAH, OF COURSE.

WE HAVE TO DO WHAT THE STATE

TELLS US TO DO.

MAKES IT A LITTLE TOUGH ON US

IF WE SHOW UP IN THE PAPER

AS BLOODY MURDERERS

OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

YEAH, I UNDERSTAND.

COMPLETELY.

KNEW YOU WOULD.

YOU KNOW, THESE THINGS GO THROUGH

ALL KINDS OF TRIALS AND APPEALS

BEFORE THEY GET TO US.

IT'S NO USE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT

WHO'S NAUGHTY AND WHO'S NICE

AND THEN COME

SLIDING DOWN THE CHIMNEY

LIKE A HERO,

NOT ON EXECUTION DAY.

YOU'RE NOT SANTA CLAUS.

NO SUCH THING AS SANTA CLAUS.

WARDEN?

YOU'RE NOT REALLY SURE, ARE YOU?

YOU DRIVE SAFE NOW.

CECILIA, I GOT TO TALK TO YOU.

NOT A GOOD TIME.

NO, I GOT TO TALK TO YOU.

NOT NOW. CALL MY OFFICE.

THIS IS IMPORTANT. REALLY IS.

LOOK, WOULD YOU PLEASE JUST BACK UP?

HEY, BACK OFF, WILL YOU?

WHAT ARE YOU, A COURT ATTORNEY

OR SOMETHING?

GO AHEAD AND HIT A REPORTER.

SEE HOW LONG YOU KEEP

YOUR GOD DAMN JOB.

WHY DON'T YOU GET IN THE CAR, WALLY?

YEAH, WHY DON'T YOU

GET IN THE CAR, WALLY?

NEW YORK ASSHOLE.

WHAT IS IT?

FRANK BEECHUM. WHO ELSE WAS THERE?

ARE YOU BACK ON THE BOTTLE AGAIN?

NO, NO. THERE WAS FRANK BEECHUM,

AND THEN THERE WAS NANCY LARSON,

THERE WAS PORTERHOUSE. NOW WHO ELSE WAS THERE?

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

NO, COME ON. THAT'S THE ONE WHO SHOT AMY.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF COCKAMAMIE CONSPIRACY THEORY

YOU'RE WORKING ON THIS TIME,

BUT WE'VE GOT A SOLID CASE HERE.

I DON'T SEND INNOCENT MEN TO THE DEATH HOUSE.

NO, I KNOW THAT. I DO, BUT LOOK,

YOU MADE A MISTAKE THIS TIME.

LOOK, HE WAS JUST IN THERE USING THE BATHROOM.

HE WENT IN THERE FOR SOME STEAK SAUCE.

YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A GULLIBLE SON OF A BITCH.

READ THE TRANSCRIPTS.

A WITNESS SAW BEECHUM WITH A GUN.

HE COULDN'T HAVE SEEN HIM.

NOT THROUGH THE POTATO CHIPS.

ARE YOU TELLING ME HE SAID THAT?

I SAW IT IN HIS EYES.

I COULD TELL.

YOU HAVEN'T GOT JACK SHIT.

HOW MUCH JACK SHIT DO I NEED?

NOW COME ON, THERE WAS SOMEBODY,

WASN'T THERE?

A KID. HE BOUGHT A COKE FROM THE MACHINE.

HE DIDN'T EVEN LOOK INSIDE.

HE'S THE ONE WHO KILLED AMY.

WE INTERVIEWED HIM,

WE ISSUED A DESCRIPTION OF HIS CAR,

HE CAME IN, HIS STORY CHECKED OUT--

THE PLAIN FACT IS

YOU HAD FRANK BEECHUM IN CUSTODY,

SO YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD THE RIGHT PERSON,

BUT YOU DIDN'T.

THIS GUY WAS THE RIGHT GUY.

HE WAS NOTHING TO THE CASE.

WE EVEN PUT HIM IN A LINEUP WITH BEECHUM.

BOTH WITNESSES LOOKED RIGHT AT HIM

AND STILL FINGERED BEECHUM AS THE KILLER.

THE FACT IS, HE WAS LONG GONE

BEFORE THE WITNESSES EVEN GOT THERE.

NOW JUST GIVE ME HIS NAME--

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO REMEMBER HIS NAME AFTER 6 YEARS?!

HE WAS NOTHING TO THE CASE.

YOU GOT FILES. GOD DAMN IT.

LOOK, CALL MY OFFICE IN THE MORNING.

I'LL TRY TO HELP YOU OUT THEN.

IF YOU WAIT UNTIL MORNING,

YOU BETTER SLEEP GOD DAMN WELL TONIGHT

'CAUSE AFTER TODAY,

I'M GOING TO HAUNT THE SHIT OUT OF YOU,

YOU UNDERSTAND?

I'M GOING TO HAUNT YOUR ASS

ALL OVER THIS GOD DAMN TOWN.

I AM NOT WALLY.

I'M A LOT BIGGER THAN WALLY.

YOU THREATEN ME AGAIN,

I'LL HAVE LITTLE PIECES OF YOUR LIFE ALL OVER THE GUTTER,

'CAUSE I'LL BLOW THE REST AWAY.

ONE MORE THING, BARFLY.

BEFORE YOUR LATEST LOST CAUSE CONFESSES.

DID ANYBODY EVER TELL YOU THAT BEECHUM

VOLUNTEERED FOR A LIE DETECTOR TEST?

YEAH, AND HE FLUNKED IT BIG-TIME.

SURE, IT'S INADMISSIBLE.

THAT'S WHY YOU DIDN'T READ IT

IN THE TRANSCRIPTS,

BUT IT CERTAINLY CAPTURED OUR ATTENTION.

SO WHY DON'T YOU JUST GO POUR YOURSELF A TALL ONE

AND THINK ABOUT THAT?

HEY, EV.

TOM.

YOU WANT A NIP?

NO, THANKS. I BETTER NOT.

OH, SORRY, EV. I FORGOT.

HEY, WHAT'S WITH YOU AND BOB?

HE'S BEEN GIVING YOU THE EVIL EYE ALL DAY.

YOU KNOW SOMETHING? IT'S STARTING TO WORK.

NO, REALLY.

SOMETHING HAPPEN UP AT THE PRISON?

SOME BIG UPROAR?

TOM, WHY WOULD A GUILTY MAN VOLUNTEER

FOR A LIE DETECTOR TEST?

HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.

PERP GETS COCKY, THINKS HE CAN SLIDE ONE BY.

'COURSE, INNOCENT MEN FLUNK THEM SOMETIMES, TOO.

WHY, IS BOB WANTING YOU TO TAKE ONE?

THAT'S A CUTE IDEA.

NO, I DON'T THINK MY GUILT'S IN ANY DOUBT.

WHERE'S BRIDGET ANYWAY?

I WANT HER TO DO SOME SCUTWORK FOR ME.

WOMEN ARE FEELING MUCH MORE SECURE

IN THE WORKPLACE THESE DAYS.

SHE WENT HOME,

BUT I'LL GET YOU A CUP OF COFFEE

IF YOU GIVE ME HEAD.

BETTER YET, WHY DON'T YOU TRACK DOWN

ONE OF THE INVESTIGATORS IN THE BEECHUM CASE,

SEE IF YOU CAN FIND OUT

IF THERE WAS ANOTHER WITNESS ON THE MURDER SCENE.

A KID. UH, JUST AN ADDRESS

AND A NAME WILL DO.

YOU GOT IT.

AND, UH, OH, AFTER THAT,

GET ME SOME COFFEE, WILL YOU, TOM?

OAKLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT. SERGEANT BARTLETT SPEAKING.

YEAH, THIS IS DONALDSON AT THE TRIBUNE,

CALLING ABOUT THE BEECHUM CASE.

ANYONE THERE KNOW ANYTHING

ABOUT THE BEECHUM CASE?

Woman: WELL, ALL OF US.

WELL, BEFORE BEECHUM COMES TO THE STORE,

UH, THERE'S ANOTHER WITNESS

COMES INTO THE PARKING LOT, RIGHT?

WRONG. WELL, ANYWAY,

THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THAT IN THE FILES.

HOW DO YOU KNOW? HAVE YOU LOOKED?

BELIEVE ME, MR. EVERETT, WE ALL KNOW.

EVERYBODY HERE'S MEMORIZED THOSE FILES

THE LAST 2 WEEKS.

THERE ARE NO OTHER WITNESSES.

PORTERHOUSE AND LARSON, THAT'S IT,

AND A LOT OF CIRCUMSTANTIAL ON TOP OF THAT.

HEY, THIS IS TOM DONALDSON OVER AT THE TRIBUNE.

ON THE BEECHUM CASE, WAS THERE A RECORD

OF A KID WHO WAS A WITNESS?

Man: A KID?

YEAH.

I DON'T THINK SO.

YOU'RE SURE?

ARDSLEY INVESTIGATED THE CASE,

BUT HE'S RETIRED FROM THE FORCE.

ALL RIGHT. THANKS.

GREAT.

THAT WAS BENNING, THE WHIP IN THE INVESTIGATION.

SAYS IT RINGS A BELL, BUT TURNED OUT TO BE NOTHING.

DOESN'T REMEMBER ANY NAMES.

SHIT.

AND, UH, ARDSLEY,

WHO HEADED THE INVESTIGATION, IS RETIRED.

FLORIDA SOMEWHERE.

SHIT.

EVERETT, COME HERE.

[SIGHS] SHIT.

BOB.

EVERETT!

YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK SO HAPPY ABOUT IT.

I'M NOT HAPPY.

WHO SAID ANYTHING ABOUT BEING HAPPY?

I UNDERSTAND YOUR INTERVIEW AT THE PRISON

WENT BEYOND THE REQUIREMENTS OF A HUMAN INTEREST SIDEBAR.

I COLORED OUTSIDE THE LINES A LITTLE BIT,

BUT I DON'T THINK

THE WARDEN WAS SORE ABOUT IT.

NO, HE JUST PROBABLY THOUGHT

YOU WERE BACK ON THE BOOZE, STEVE.

BY THE WAY, THERE'S NO SMOKING

IN THIS BUILDING.

YOU GOT A MINUTE?

I CAN'T PUT UP WITH THIS, OK?

STEVE, SAY YOU'RE SORRY.

BOB, PUNCH HIS LIGHTS OUT.

THIS IS NOT A PERSONAL MATTER, ALAN.

I'M JUST TELLING HIM.

I GAVE HIM A VERY IMPORTANT STORY,

SOME VERY SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS,

THE NEWSPAPER MADE A PROMISE--

THE GUY IS NOT GUILTY.

OH, COME ON, WILL YOU, STEVE?

LOOK, THIS ISN'T A HUMAN INTEREST SIDEBAR.

IT'S A CRUCI- FUCKING-FIXION.

YEAH, RIGHT.

WHAT, DO YOU WANT ME TO LOOK UP AT THE--

AT THE CROSS AND SAY,

HOW'S THE WEATHER UP THERE?

I'VE GOT ALL THE PERSONAL CRAP

RIGHT HERE IN THIS BOOK.

THERE. HE BELIEVES IN GOD,

HE THINKS HE'S GOING TO GO TO HEAVEN,

HE'S HAPPIER THAN A PIG IN SHIT.

HE'S GLAD THEY'RE JUICING HIM TODAY.

GO AHEAD, WRITE UP YOUR--

THAT'S NOT THE POINT, OK?

OF COURSE IT'S NOT THE POINT.

OK, FINE, LOOK.

WE'LL TAKE STEVE OFF THE EXECUTION,

AND WE WILL PUT HARVEY ON IT INSTEAD--

FINE. THAT'S STILL NOT THE POINT.

YEAH, WELL, BOB, WE ALL KNOW WHAT--

YEAH, YOU KNOW WHAT THE POINT IS?

I CAN'T WORK WITH YOU ANYMORE, STEVE, ALL RIGHT?

MAYBE YOU'RE A GOOD REPORTER.

EVERYBODY SEEMS TO THINK SO,

BUT THERE'S A ROOM OUT THERE

FULL OF GOOD REPORTERS WHO DON'T

HAVE YOUR ATTITUDE, AND THEY FOLLOW

INSTRUCTIONS. I'M DONE WITH HIM.

DAMN IT BOB, WHY DON'T YOU HIT ME

IN THE FUCKING FACE, WILL YOU?

I'LL FALL DOWN, I'LL BLEED,

I'LL DO ALL THAT. I DESERVE IT.

THEN YOU CAN GO HOME AND HIT YOUR WIFE,

'CAUSE SHE LIKES IT.

OH. OH-HO-HO-HO.

HO HO.

YOW. HO HO.

NICE ONE, BABE.

WE CAN'T ALL LIVE IN THE WORLD

OF YOUR FUCKING IMAGINATION HERE,

ALL RIGHT?

I'M NOT GOING TO HIT ANYBODY,

NO MATTER WHAT THEY WANT, BECAUSE THAT'S

EXACTLY WHAT YOU WOULD WANT,

AND YOU KNOW WHAT?

AS FAR AS PATRICIA GOES,

IF SHE NEEDS TO FIND SOMETHING

OUTSIDE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP,

SHE CAN GO AHEAD AND FIND IT,

ALL RIGHT, BUT MY MARRIAGE

IS NONE OF YOUR FUCKING BUSINESS,

NUMBER ONE, AND NUMBER 2,

YOU ARE A THOUGHTLESS, MENTALLY UNBALANCED MAN,

AND I CAN'T WORK WITH HIM ANYMORE, OK?

I'VE ENJOYED THIS EPISODE OF OPRAH HERE, FELLAS, BUT--

ALAN, I GOT THE SHOOTER.

WHAT?

I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD CONFUSE 2--

THE GUY WHO KILLED AMY WILSON.

I'VE GOT HIM.

EVEN IF HE'S GOT THE GUY WHO SHOT JFK--

BOB, SHUT UP!

WHAT ARE YOU-- HOW HAVE YOU GOT HIM?

I--I'VE GOT HIM. I KNOW WHO HE IS.

WELL, ALL RIGHT, WHO IS HE?

HE'S A GUY.

HE'S A GUY WHO WAS THERE.

HA.

YOU'RE TELLING ME THAT THE SHOOTER

IS A GUY WHO WAS THERE?

YEAH.

GREAT WORK, STEVE.

SHOULD I HOLD THE FRONT PAGE,

OR YOU WANT TO WAIT FOR 2 UNNAMED SOURCES--

THE D.A., NUSSBAUM, SHE KNOWS ABOUT IT.

SHE JUST WON'T GIVE ME THE NAME.

WHAT ABOUT THE DEFENSE?

THE DEFENSE DOESN'T HAVE IT IN THE FILE.

THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

BOB. SHUT...UP.

WHAT ABOUT THE COPS?

WELL, THEY'RE SITTING ON IT,

IF THEY KNOW ABOUT IT.

JESUS. SORRY, ALAN.

THIS IS JUST TOO MUCH.

LOOK, ALAN,

I--I GOT TO BE CLEAR ON THIS, OK?

I--I--THIS IS CAUSING PROBLEMS

FOR EVERYBODY, AND...

I LOVE THE PAPER,

BUT I'M READY TO LEAVE.

LOOK, I--I CAN'T WORK LIKE THIS.

THIS IS AN ENVIRONMENT

THAT'S BECOME INTOLERABLE FOR ME.

INTOLERABLE ENVIRONMENT?

WHAT ARE YOU, LIKE, SOME FUCKING FEMINIST?

ARE YOU A COOZ?

WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?

ALL RIGHT, YOU GOT TO GIVE ME NOTICE.

[SIGHS]

WHAT?

IT'S IN MY CONTRACT. IF YOU DUMP ME,

YOU GOT TO GIVE ME NOTICE.

HOW MUCH NOTICE DO YOU WANT, STEVE?

6 HOURS AND 7 MINUTES.

TESTING RED. TESTING RED.

[BUZZ]

TESTING TAN. TESTING TAN.

[BUZZ]

TESTING WHITE. TESTING WHITE.

[BUZZ]

TESTING BLACK. TESTING BLACK.

[BUZZ]

WE'RE STANDING IN SAN QUENTIN'S FORMER GAS CHAMBER,

WHICH HAS BEEN CONVERTED FOR LETHAL INJECTION.

THE FIRST SYRINGE WILL DELIVER 5 GRAMS OF SODIUM PENTOTHOL,

AND THAT WILL BASICALLY PUT HIM TO SLEEP

WITHIN A MATTER OF A FEW SECONDS, WE'RE TOLD.

THEN THE INJECTION LINE WILL BE FLUSHED

WITH 20 c.c.s OF SALINE SOLUTION,

AND THEN HE WILL BE GIVEN 50 c.c.s OF PANCURONIUM BROMIDE.

NOW, THAT IS A MUSCLE PARALYZER,

AND HIS MUSCLES WILL BE PARALYZED AT THAT POINT.

WE WON'T BE ABLE TO BREATHE.

AND FINALLY 50 c.c.s OF POTASSIUM CHLORIDE,

AND THAT'LL STOP HIS HEART.

[RINGS]

HELLO.

WELL, YES, THIS IS...

WELL, Y-YEAH, THIS IS STEVE'S WIFE. WHY?

WELL, WHAT'S THE MATTER? SOMETHING HAPPEN TO HIM?

[POPS LOCK]

ALREADY THE VULTURES--

SO STEAL. GO AHEAD.

MR. ZIEGLER?

UH, MR. ZIEGLER, I'M NOT A THIEF.

I'M A FRIEND OF MICHELLE'S,

A COLLEAGUE OF HERS AT THE PAPER.

MY FRIENDS, MOST OF THEM KNOCK.

YEAH, I'M SORRY.

UH, I'M SORRY ABOUT MICHELLE, TOO.

SHE WAS REALLY TOPNOTCH,

A REALLY FINE REPORTER.

SO YOU CAME TO GIVE THE EULOGY.

MICHELLE WAS WORKING ON A STORY.

THERE'S A MAN IN SAN QUENTIN

WHO'S GONNA BE EXECUTED TONIGHT.

I THINK HE'S INNOCENT. I THINK THE ANSWER

MAY BE SOMEWHERE IN MICHELLE'S PAPERS.

SOMETHING MICHELLE DID?

SOMETHING SHE WAS ONTO, YEAH.

SO LOOK.

GREAT.

I'VE BEEN GOING THROUGH HER THINGS, TOO.

SEE THIS?

GAVE THIS TO HER WHEN SHE WAS 9.

SHE LOVED IT.

OH, SHE SAVED EVERYTHING.

LOOK AT THIS.

I DON'T KNOW WHEN SHE DID IT.

MUST'VE BEEN 4 OR 5.

WHERE'D THIS COME FROM, OVER HERE?

YEAH.

THIS ANYTHING?

"WARREN RUSSELL, 17 YEARS OLD.

"4331 NINTH STREET.

INTERVIEWED JULY 7 AT OWN REQUEST."

"SAYS HE BOUGHT A SODA AND LEFT, SAW NOTHING.

SOMETHING FISHY HERE."

BOY, THAT--

MR. ZIEGLER, THAT MICHELLE, SHE WAS REALLY...

REALLY ON TOP OF THINGS.

GREAT.

[KEYS JANGLE]

I'M SORRY, FRANK.

WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO ASK MRS. BEECHUM TO LEAVE NOW.

GIVE US A MINUTE, OK?

SURE.

GOD.

NO, NO.

I DON'T THINK I CAN DO THIS.

YOU CAN.

OUR CHANCE TO SAY GOOD-BYE IS OVER...

SO...

SO I NEED YOU

TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND OUR LITTLE GIRL, BONNIE.

YOU KNOW I WILL, BABY.

I WILL.

AND GIVE HER THIS.

NOW, DON'T FORGET.

IT AIN'T MUCH, BUT IT'S--

UH-UH. NO, IT'LL BE PRECIOUS TO HER.

IT'LL BE HER MOST PRECIOUS THING.

I REALLY HATE THAT YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS, BONNIE.

I KNOW.

Frank: OK, I LOVE YOU.

Bonnie: I LOVE YOU.

I WANTED TO BE THERE WITH--FOR YOU.

GOD KNOWS I WANTED TO SEE MY LITTLE GIRL GROW UP.

IF WE JUST HAD JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME, I COULD--

WE HAVE TO BE THANKFUL FOR THE TIME THAT WE HAD.

IT WAS JUST THAT IT WAS SHORT.

TAKE CARE OF HER.

TAKE CARE OF THE KID, HUH?

YEAH.

LEAST WE MADE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL IN THIS WORLD.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT HER,

I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, OK?

CAN--I LOVE YOU. CAN YOU DO THAT?

YEAH.

OH, GOD, FRANK. I'M SO SCARED.

I COULD SEE YOU, BABY. I COULD SEE YOUR FACE.

I'LL TALK TO YOU EVERY DAY, FRANK.

I NEED TO SEE YOU AT THE END, BABY.

Guard: COME WITH ME.

I NEED YOU TO BE TALKING TO ME, BABY.

OH, GOD, FRANK!

IF I COULD JUST SEE YOUR FACE.

HOW COULD THIS EVER HAPPEN TO US, HUH, FRANK?!

STOP! FRANK!

FRANK! FRANK!

ONLY THING ABOUT LIFE THAT MADE--MADE IT WORTH ANYTHING.

GOD BLESS HER FOR THAT.

[SOBBING] GOD BLESS HER FOR THAT.

[DOORBELL RINGING]

WHO'S THERE?!

OH. I'M STEVE EVERETT.

I'M A REPORTER FOR THE TRIBUNE.

GO HOME!

ED, QUIT CASING THAT MAN'S CAR.

IT'S ALMOST YOUR DINNERTIME.

GO HOME!

SORRY ABOUT THEM KIDS.

IT'S ALL RIGHT.

I'M JUST GLAD TO FIND YOU HERE AFTER 6 YEARS.

WHAT, YOU THOUGHT I MIGHT HAVE MOVED TO THE SUBURBS?

HEH.

COME ON IN.

AND YOU'RE, UH...

ANGELA RUSSELL.

AND WARREN?

MY GRANDSON.

IS THIS WARREN RIGHT HERE?

IT IS.

YOU WANT TO TELL ME WHY YOU'RE HERE?

LOOK, MRS. RUSSELL,

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT I TALK TO WARREN.

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT I TALK TO HIM TONIGHT.

OH, IT IS?

A-AND WHAT COULD BE SO IMPORTANT,

IF YOU DON'T MIND MY ASKING?

WELL, THERE'S A MAN THAT'S ON DEATH ROW,

AND THEY'RE GONNA EXECUTE HIM TONIGHT.

THEY SAY HE KILLED A GROCERY STORE CLERK

6 YEARS AGO, AN AMY WILSON.

NOW, I THINK HE'S INNOCENT,

AND I THINK WARREN KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

AND WHY WOULD YOU THINK A THING LIKE THAT?

BECAUSE HE'S THE ONLY OTHER PERSON THAT WAS THERE.

OH, AND HOW DO WE KNOW THAT?

'CAUSE THE WITNESSES DIDN'T SEE ANYONE ELSE.

WAIT A MINUTE. SO--SO-- SO THERE WERE WITNESSES,

EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS NOBODY ELSE THERE?

YES, THAT'S RIGHT. THERE WAS A--

NO, NO, NO. WAIT NOW. HELP ME OUT HERE.

I AM GETTING CONFUSED.

WELL, THERE WAS AN ACCOUNTANT, AND THERE WAS A HOUSEWIFE.

WHITE PEOPLE?

YEAH.

OH, A-AND I BET THAT-- THAT--THAT GIRL

THAT GOT KILLED, THAT AMY WILSON,

I BET SHE WAS WHITE, TOO, WASN'T SHE?

YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT--

NO, YOU DON'T THINK THAT THOSE NICE WHITE PEOPLE

WOULD EVER KILL THAT NICE WHITE GIRL.

OH, BUT THEY ALL LOOKED AROUND,

AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW, THERE WAS A BLACK BOY.

LOOK, IT ISN'T LIKE THAT.

MRS. RUSSELL, WILL YOU JUST THINK BACK IN YOUR MIND?

THINK BACK 6 YEARS AGO.

WAS--WAS WARREN USING DRUGS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT?

YES, HE WAS INTO DRUGS.

DID HE OWN A GUN?

OH, THEY ALL OWN GUNS, MR. EVERETT.

DON'T YOU KNOW THAT?

ALL THOSE BLACK DOPE-FIEND BOYS,

THEY ALL OWN GUNS.

CAN I JUST TALK TO HIM?

DO YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS?

YES, I DO.

AND NO, YOU CAN'T.

AN INNOCENT MAN IS GONNA DIE TONIGHT.

WELL, I HAVE SEEN A LOT OF INNOCENT FOLK DIE

IN THIS PART OF TOWN, MR. EVERETT.

BUT IT'S FUNNY,

I AIN'T NEVER SEEN YOU 'ROUND HERE BEFORE.

MRS. RUSSELL, YOU'RE--

YOU'RE MAKING THIS INTO A RACIAL THING,

AND IT'S NOT LIKE THAT.

THE MAN ON DEATH ROW, HE'S A BLACK MAN, TOO.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

THEY'RE GONNA KILL HIM AT MIDNIGHT.

NOW, I CAN'T HELP OUT UNLESS I HAVE THE FACTS IN THIS CASE.

THE ONLY FACT I KNOW, MR. EVERETT...

IS THAT MY GRANDSON WARREN,

HE'S BEEN IN HIS GRAVE NOW GOING ON 3 YEARS.

STABBED OUT THERE IN THE PARK.

M...

MY WARREN...

WAS A LOVING CHILD,

BUT I DON'T REMEMBER YOU COMING AROUND HERE

LOOKING FOR THE FACTS WHEN HE WAS KILLED.

NOBODY CAME AROUND HERE

LOOKING FOR THE FACTS THEN.

FUCKING LOSER.

GOD DAMN IT.

[SLOW JAZZ PLAYING]

AND WE'RE TOLD HE'S NOW HAVING THAT LAST MEAL

HE REQUESTED EARLIER-- STEAK AND FRENCH FRIES.

AND ODDLY ENOUGH, HE ALSO REQUESTED 2 SIX-PACKS OF COKE.

AND IN CASE YOU'RE JUST TUNING IN,

WE'LL REPEAT OUR TOP STORY.

CONVICTED KILLER FRANK BEECHUM HAS, FOR THE FIRST TIME,

CONFESSED TO HIS CRIME.

THE CONFESSION WAS REPORTEDLY MADE TO THE CHAPLAIN

AS AN EXPRESSION OF REMORSE FOR THE MURDER OF AMY WILSON

AND HER UNBORN CHILD 6 YEARS AGO.

A SOURCE CLOSE TO THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE SAYS,

HOWEVER, THAT DESPITE THIS,

THE EXECUTION WILL PROCEED AS SCHEDULED...

OH, SHIT.

AT ONE MINUTE AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

AND IN OTHER NEWS, THE MARKET SLUMPED BADLY FOR THE SECOND...

I AM TIRED.

Frank: AREN'T YOU SUPPOSED TO BE SLEEPING?

WHY ARE YOU HERE, DADDY?

WELL, I'M HERE TO SEE YOU, YOU LITTLE GOON.

WHERE DID YOU GO?

WILD-GOOSE CHASE.

YOU WERE CHASING?

YEAH...

CHASING SALVATION.

NEVER DID FIND IT.

JUST DISAPPEARED.

POOF.

POOF.

POOF, YEAH.

POOF.

HEY...

LET ME TELL YOU,

ABOUT TODAY, I'M SORRY.

WE'LL, UH...

HOW ABOUT THIS WEEKEND?

WE'LL--WE'LL GO AND SPEND THE WHOLE DAY,

PLAY SLOW ZOO.

YEAH.

AND THIS TIME,

COULD WE SEE THE HIPPOPOTAMUS?

YEAH, I'VE ALREADY TALKED TO HIM.

WE HAVE AN APPOINTMENT.

NNN...

MY NEW DADDY.

I'LL GO TO SLEEP NOW.

OK. I THINK THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.

HMM.

CLOSE 'EM NOW.

IF THIS WERE A BULLET...

YOU'D BE DEAD.

BOB CALL YOU?

HEH.

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE WHO CALLED ME?

I KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO APOLOGIZE,

I KNOW YOU'LL TRY TO DO BETTER,

BUT I DON'T WANT THIS ANYMORE,

'CAUSE I'M TIRED.

I JUST THINK THIS'LL BE HARD ON HER.

IT IS.

BARBARA, I CAN CHANGE.

IT'S...

CAN'T WE JUST ERASE ALL THIS?

I HAD JUST A TERRIBLY RIDICULOUS DAY, AND...

OH, HONEY, IT ISN'T JUST TODAY.

BUT TODAY-- TODAY'S THE END OF IT.

T-TODAY, I UNDERSTAND.

BUT I LOVE YOU, BABY.

IT'S JUST THAT I...

I'M JUST KIND OF COMING APART HERE, AND I'D...

I, UH...

I KNOW IT'S NOBODY'S FAULT BUT--BUT MY OWN,

BUT I--I NEED YOU.

I GOTTA PUT THESE PIECES BACK TOGETHER.

I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU...

YOU AND YOUR FAMOUS NOSE FOR A STORY.

YOU THINK YOU CAN JUST...

SNIFF YOUR WAY ALONG, YOU KNOW,

FROM ONE HUNCH TO ANOTHER,

ONE GIRL TO ANOTHER,

ONE DRINK TO ANOTHER WHEN YOU'RE DRINKING,

BUT I'M NOT ONE OF YOUR STORIES, EV...

I'M YOUR WIFE.

YOU CAN'T LINE UP ALL THE FACTS

AND THINK YOU KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT ME.

YOUR HUNCHES...

ARE SHIT.

EVEN WHEN THEY'RE RIGHT, THEY'RE SHIT.

YOU'RE ALL I'VE GOT.

WELL, I HOPE

THEY DO SOMEBODY SOME GOOD SOMEDAY,

'CAUSE THEY SURE AS HELL

DIDN'T DO US ANY GOOD, DID THEY?

I PACKED ALL YOUR STUFF.

YOU CAN-- YOU CAN TAKE IT NOW,

OR YOU CAN COME BACK LATER.

OH, PLEASE, JUST GET OUT.

GET OUT OF HERE, EV, PLEASE.

JUST GET OUT.

[SOBBING]

OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, FROM TIME TO TIME,

THE GOVERNOR'S AIDES WILL CALL ME

ON MATTERS THAT CONCERN THE GOVERNOR HIMSELF.

IN THE COURSE

OF SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE AND MINISTRATIONS,

IT'S TRUE THAT I MIGHT HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD SOMETHING...

WARDEN, SOUTH WING IS LOOKING FOR YOU.

THAT THE PRISONER HAS SAID TO ME,

BUT THESE THINGS HAPPEN FROM TIME TO TIME.

WAIT. BUT--BUT I-IF HE SAYS TO ME--

MEANING THE PRISONER-- SAYS TO ME, "I'M SORRY,"

UNDER THESE EXTREME--

SHILLERMAN, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'VE DONE, DON'T YOU?

NOW I HAVE TO CALL THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE.

I HAVE TO ISSUE A RETRACTION TO THE PRESS

TELLING THEM THERE WAS NO CONFESSION.

BEECHUM HAS HIS OWN PASTOR, ANYWAY.

WHAT THE HELL DID YOU THINK YOU WERE DOING?!

WELL, SIR, I--I--

YOU MADE ME

LOOK UNPROFESSIONAL, SHILLERMAN...

NOT A GOOD THING TO DO...

SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING.

IF ANY OF THE MEN FEEL THEY NEED COUNSELING,

I'LL BE HERE.

I'LL BE HERE.

YOU SURE YOU WANT TO DO THIS, EV?

DID THE BEARS SHIT ON GOLDILOCKS?

[CHUCKLING] I DON'T KNOW.

I'VE NEVER BEEN ASKED THAT BEFORE.

THAT'S THE TROUBLE WITH HAVING KIDS:

IT SCREWS UP YOUR QUIPS.

SO, YOU'RE SERIOUSLY ROLLING OFF THE WAGON.

MUST HAVE BEEN A ROUGH DAY.

YEAH. LOST MY WIFE, LOST MY KID...

LOST MY GOD DAMN JOB.

IS THAT ROUGH ENOUGH FOR YOU?

DID YOU LOSE YOUR AUTOMOBILE, TOO?

'CAUSE IF YOU GONNA START DRIVING, THIS--

BEST FUCKING DRIVER ON THE PLANET.

OH, BOY.

I'M TALKING TO A DEAD MAN.

WILL YOU LEAVE ME YOUR STAMP COLLECTION?

HOW ABOUT FILLING THIS UP, WILL YOU?

I AIN'T-- AIN'T EATEN YET.

ME EITHER.

[DEMONSTRATORS YELLING ON TV]

OH, JESUS CHRIST, EVERETT.

GO THE FUCK HOME, WILL YOU?

AIN'T GOT NO HOME, MITCH.

...AN EYE FOR AN EYE.

AIN'T GOT NO FUCKING HOME.

Reporter: SO YOU HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE

THAT THE STATE SHOULD SANCTION AN EXECUTION

TO GO AHEAD AND SATISFY YOUR RAGE?

Mr. Wilson: THIS HAS GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH MY RAGE.

LET'S BE HONEST. MY DAUGHTER WAS SHOT AND KILLED

IN COLD BLOOD FOR NO REASON.

HE TOOK $96, AND HE TOOK A RING,

THE LOCKET THAT I HAD GIVEN HER FOR HER 16th BIRTHDAY.

MY WARREN...

WAS A LOVING CHILD--

...NOT A HUMAN BEING.

THAT'S SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T DESERVE

THE SAME RIGHTS AS YOU AND ME.

WILL YOU BE THERE TONIGHT, SIR?

YOU BET.

JULY 15?

JULY 15.

UM, MIND IF I USE YOUR BATHROOM?

OH, NO. YOU KNOW WHERE IT IS, RIGHT?

GIVE ME THE FUCKING MONEY.

DON'T HURT ME, PLEASE.

WHAT THE FUCK? WHAT--WHAT--

THIS IS--THIS IS ALL YOU FUCKING GOT?

FOURTH OF JULY. WE HAVEN'T BEEN THAT BUSY.

GIVE ME THE FUCKING CHAIN.

FUCKING CHAIN!

NO, PLEASE, NOT THAT. PLEASE, PLEASE, NO.

[TOILET FLUSHES]

OHH...

[GASPING]

[AMY COUGHS]

AMY.

OH, JESUS. AMY.

SHIT.

[TIRES SCREECH]

Reporter: AND STILL ANOTHER BEECHUM EXECUTION STORY.

YOU'LL RECALL THE REPORT WE GOT JUST ABOUT AN HOUR AGO

IN WHICH FRANK...

OOH!

SHIT.

ARE YOU DRIVING-- HEY, EV!

HEY, EV!

[HONKS HORN]

ALL RIGHT, YOU SACK OF SHIT,

LET'S GET GOING.

[HONKS HORN]

SO THERE ARE 2 EXECUTIONERS,

AND EACH ONE OF THEM HAS A BUTTON.

AND THAT BUTTON IS CONNECTED

FOR EACH OF THEM TO A COMPUTER

THAT SCRAMBLES THE CIRCUITS,

SO NO ONE KNOWS WHO DOES THE DEED.

[HONKS HORN]

YO, YO, YO.

BROTHER BEECHUM, LET ME TELL YOU OF THE LORD.

[RINGS DOORBELL]

HE IS MY REFUGE, AND HE IS MY FORTRESS.

HE IS MY GUIDE.

AND THEREFORE, EVEN IN THE DARKEST MOMENTS,

EVEN WHEN THERE IS NO HOPE,

HE WILL DELIVER YOU

FROM THE SNARE OF EVIL WITH HIS POWER.

THAT ROBINSON MAN ON THE TV, I SAW HIM,

AND I STARTED REMEMBERING THAT NIGHT.

WARREN GAVE ME THAT LOCKET.

OH, HER MAIDEN NAME.

AND--AND I STARTED REMEMBERING WARREN'S FACE.

OH, I CAN ALWAYS READ THAT BOY'S FACE.

OH, HE DID A TERRIBLE THING.

MR. EVERETT, HE WASN'T A BAD BOY,

BUT I KNOW HE DID A TERRIBLE THING.

THEY'RE GONNA KILL THAT MAN IN LESS THAN HALF AN HOUR.

WE CAN'T GET TO THE PRISON IN THAT TIME.

YOU'RE RIGHT, LADY. FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT.

REVEREND, IT'S TIME.

STEP UP.

THERE'S THIS BOY,

SOLD WARREN A GUN AROUND THAT TIME.

WHAT?

T-THIS BOY, HE'S IN JAIL.

HE MIGHT BE WILLING TO TALK TO THEM

IF THEY GIVE HIM SOME TIME OFF.

MRS. RUSSELL, I COULD KISS YOU.

RELEASE YOUR HANDS.

[SIRENS]

GUN IT, MISTER!

YOU MEAN GO FAST?

[ON LOUDSPEAKER] PULL OVER!

PULL OVER AND STOP THE CAR!

DON'T STOP NOW.

[SIRENS]

I WANT YOU TO PREPARE YOURSELF, ALL RIGHT?

I'M GOING TO ATTEMPT THIS MANEUVER.

AAH!

THEY REALLY OUGHT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT PLACE.

[FAINT SIRENS]

SOMETHING MUST BE GOING ON.

MAYBE A FIRE

OR ANOTHER ACCIDENT ON THE CURVE.

YEAH.

[SIRENS GETTING CLOSER]

"TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

"BE IT KNOWN

"THAT WHEREAS THE SUPERIOR COURT

"IN THE COUNTY OF ALAMEDA

"ORDERED THAT FRANK LOUIS BEECHUM

"SUFFER THE DEATH PENALTY

"WITHIN THE WALLS OF SAN QUENTIN STATE PRISON

"FOR THE CRIME OF MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE

WITH SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES."

[MOUTHING THE WORDS]

[MOUTHING THE WORDS]

[RING]

McCARDLE.

YES, SIR.

WE HAVE A GO.

[TELEPHONE RINGS]

[RING]

YES, SIR.

BUT IT'S TOO LATE.

GOT IT! LET'S GO! LET'S GO!

FRANK!

FRANK!

FRANK!

FRANK!

[GASPING AND SOBBING]

FRANK!

FRANK!

FRANK...

FRANK!

FRANK!

[LITTLE DRUMMER BOY PLAYS]

COME ON, NOW.

Santa: THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

HEY, EV.

KATE LIKE THAT DALMATIAN?

SHE LOVED IT.

EVEN MY EX MANAGED TO MUSTER UP

A LITTLE ENTHUSIASM.

IN FACT, I'VE GOT TO GET SOMETHING BETTER

FOR CHRISTMAS.

OH, A SHEEPDOG... COLLIE,

WE GOT SAINT BERNARDS.

HOW ABOUT A HIPPOPOTAMUS?

HMM.

CHECK IT OUT.

LOCAL DESIGNER, BASED ON THE ONE AT THE ZOO.

MM, YEAH.

THIS IS A...BEAUTY.

[KISS]

THINK A HOMELESS MAN CAN AFFORD THIS?

UH, YOU'RE NOT HOMELESS.

WELL, I'M WIFELESS AND JOBLESS, AND, UH...

I, UH, LIVE IN A HOTEL.

THAT'S UNLESS...

YOU'D BE INTERESTED IN PUTTING ME UP.

[LAUGHS]

FIRST OF ALL, EVERYBODY SAYS

YOU HAVE A BIG FAT BOOK CONTRACT.

MONEY'S ALREADY SPENT.

MM-HMM.

SECOND OF ALL, EVERYBODY SAYS

YOU'RE ABOUT TO WIN THE PULITZER PRIZE OR SOMETHING.

I THINK EVERYONE'S BEING A LITTLE BIT OPTIMISTIC.

AND THIRD OF ALL,

I HAVE A BOYFRIEND.

OH...

WELL, THAT'S GOOD.

MAYBE HE'S OUT OF TOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

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