Lawyer Games: After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by Dep Kirkland
Excerpt from Chapter 6 – “TRIANGLES AND TRAGEDY”:
If Williams’s mask dropped, what would people see? A wealthy gay man who
liked young men? Sex between what might be deemed age-inappropriate partners
is not a new phenomenon. Those people don’t all shoot each other. Williams’s
and Hansford’s sexual preferences simply didn’t matter, not to the district attorney,
not to me, and not to anyone else on the prosecution team. All that mattered was
the emotional nature of Williams’s relationship with the man he killed.
To understand that aspect of the relationship, it was necessary to understand
another relationship. There was an additional element present in the
Williams case, one that can and often does lead to violence: a triangle. Danny had
a girlfriend. Williams didn’t like it. That’s something anyone who’s been through
puberty and high school can appreciate.
Straight people kill people. Gay people kill people. Jealous people kill people
with unfortunate frequency. The third category was the only category of interest
in the Williams prosecution. This was what Williams feared—not the label of
gay man, but the label of jealous gay man. This may sound facetious, but it isn’t;
as any veteran homicide investigator can confirm, there are few more fearful
organisms on earth.