A Fatal Misunderstanding

By: Emily Warren
GUTTERMAN GRIFFITHS

On June 12, 2005, Eddie Johnson murdered his wife, Lorraine. Immediately before the murder, they were involved in an argument over a set of car keys. Then, in the front yard and in front of two of their three daughters, Eddie pointed a gun at Lorraine’s head and instructed her to give him the keys. Lorraine turned to her oldest daughter and told her to “give him the keys; give him the keys” as her voice rose in panic — and he shot her in the head. Lorraine was brain dead instantaneously.

We know these were the last words that Lorraine ever spoke. We know that she was scared when she died.

We know this because Eddie and Lorraine’s youngest daughter had been following after her father with an audio recorder. She was tired of her mother reporting domestic violence and then going to court and asking for the charges to be dismissed. She was determined that this time, there would be indisputable evidence of the crime.

Neighbors heard the shot, and the girls’ screams, and more than one person called 911. They couldn’t imagine what was happening; theirs was a nice neighborhood where families lived. Within moments, two police officers arrived. They happened to be parked only a block away, and when they heard the alert tone on their radios, they somehow knew where the shooting must have taken place — at the house they had just left a few minutes earlier.

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