Several of you are aware that my family and I have had to go through a real ordeal over the past 9 months or so. I started a thread on this right after the incident but later asked to have it removed since it was suggested it could potentially be used against me. So let me rehash the situation in less detail but provide an update, a beautiful fucking glimmer that I was just informed of.
About 4 years ago, a guy moved in next door. It’s a nice neighborhood, 2 to 300K homes recently carved out of a forest. He seemed alright but there was something a little disconcerting about him. He seemed to get pissed easily and ragged about other neighbors quite often. Pretty soon I was the only one who would talk to him anymore as he’d pissed everyone else off. He drug his trash cans into the path of an older couple walking their dogs so they coulden’t use the sidewalk in front of his house. He yelled at the neighbor’s friend for parking on his side of the street. Shit like that.
I always helped him with landscaping and yard questions because I like gardening and, frankly, I can get along with just about anyone. Everyone knows I’ve always been that way. I went by to check on him about a year and a half ago, ring his bell and say “You alright? We haven’t seen you for awhile.” Bill the motherfucker (yes, that’s his Christian name) says to me “You know what you can do? You can go get your goddamn shrub off my fence.”
To make a long story short, that was to be the last time I ever talked to Bill, you know, the motherfucker. Btw, I hate that term but it’s just so damn fitting here.
Well, Bill wouldn’t let me leave him alone. He installed 5 additional lights in his backyard, giving him 6 times as many as us with our one. He placed them high enough that they’re over the fence and illuminate our yard quite well. And then he fucked up.
I got home from work 9 months ago, was watching TV with my wife, and she got very solemn and told me that that morning as she was watching our 16 month old daughter and her nanny go off to the park, motherfucking Bill almost hit them as they walked down the sidewalk across their driveway.
I took a couple of deep breaths and went over to let him tell me it was an accident. In his garage changing a flat tire, he came out with tire iron in hand to “chat”. Not only did he say it was all my 16 month old’s fault but that she and my wife were legitimate targets since I let my pine needles fall on his driveway.
You heard me right.
Needless to say, I did not take this well. Nor did the tapping on my chest with a tire iron please me greatly. We “talked” for about 10 minutes, him getting more angry and animated with the iron the whole time. The experience was simply fucking surreal. Finally, I’d had it. To remove the iron I swung once and felt his nose crack and saw him land on his butt. As I left Bill with his shattered nose and tire iron removed from his grasp, I told him I was calling the Police to tell them about my daughter and his threats. Before I left I also made him say he understood that if he ever came near my wife or child again that there would be hell to pay.
Afetr filling my wife in on what happened, we called the Police only to be told he had beat us to the punch and they were already on their way. I motioned to them when they arrived and said I’d be waiting here in my house for whenever they were ready to talk.
When they did come they immediately cuffed me and put me in the back of the squad car. You see, Bill the motherfucker told them I had just walked over and assaulted him, that he had no weapon and that I hit him repeatedly. Complete and utter bullshit.
Again, let me condense… I spent the night in a filthy jail with men that asked me for advice on how to beat child molestation and injury charges. I told them I was sorry but had absolutely nothing to say to them. I’ve since hired an attorney and have spent roughly $7,000. on legal fees and have had to leave work 5 times to make court appearances. If he wins the case and sues, it could cost us substantially more. I don’t sleep worth a fuck and constantly worry about the safety of my daughter and wife.
The entire neighborhood has come to our side and all have shared their stories about the asshole. He rarely makes an appearance outside anymore, having been shunned by all. Even his ex wife and kids who live in the area have never in the four year period we’ve known him come to visit. Oh yeah, he sprayed poison on the shrubs along our common fence, killing three of my beautiful plants. One, the Japanese Lantern Tree is fairly rare to our area.
The trial is set for next Thursday with jury selection the day before. I just got a call from my attourney. 4 prosecutors have refused or been dropped from the case. He’s driving everybody over there batty with his hatred and accusations. They’re making him come in Monday to prove the case or they’re going to drop it all together. One of the court employees told my attourney “It looks like you’ve got the upper hand in this one.”
Fucking hell. I’d needed to take a breath so badly.