antemortem: before death perimortem: during death postmortem: after death Page Number Importance 3 Dr. Bill Brockton (12) Ménière’s Disease Deputy Leon Williams 8 Tom Kitchings: Cooke County’s Sherrif (9) From Cooke County and played football 9 Cooke County Description Jeff Brockton: Dr. Bill Brockton’s son 11 Orbin Kitchings: Chief Deputy, Tom Kitching’s brother, and former army chopper pilot Art Bohanan: law enforcement colleague and criminalist with KPD 19 Adipocere: “grave wax” 24 27 Miranda Lovelady: GA that helps Dr. Bill Brockton 31 Kathleen Brockton: Dr. Bill Brockton’s wife that died two years ago or uterine cancer (88) (106) Died on September 27 31-32 Dr. Bill Brockton’s dream of strangling his wife 32 “Empty Lifeless Life” 33 Robert (Bob) Roper: District Attorney background trialEddie Meacham: accused of killing friend, Billy Ray. Billy Ray Ledbetter Burt DeVriess: questions Bill Brockton on stand (34) Nicknamed “Da Grease” because of the types of people he defends in court (34) Bill Brockton can’t stand how he impugns Bill’s professional and personal integrity. 35 Dr. Garland Hamilton: Knox County Medical Examiner that Bill undermines in court 40 Bill feels more at home in the forensics center, because death is close at hand, but not close to home. 44 Anamalous absence of teeth in mummy (never were present) 47 Strangled- fractured hyoid bone 48 Bill Brockton says he is addicted to forensic discovery. 49 Brockton is admiring Miranda- crush? 51 Mummified woman was pregnant when killed. 52 Life is a risky venture. 55 Stacy Beaman: missing young girl possible picked up by a sex offender in a blue Impala 56 Why children’s fingerprints disappear and adults’ fingerprints do not. 65 Brockton likes being around students as they fall in love with a new subject- his subject and him. Brockton has never gotten involved with a student romantically, but says that took willpower. 67 Sarah Carmichael: sensible Anthropology 101 student of Brockton 73 Waylon “highjacks” Jeep Cherokee and ties up Deputy Williams Coincidence that Williams had to use the bathroom? 77 Lieutenant Thomas Jim O’Connor aka Big Jim: short man with quiet confident strength; further description on page 77 (79) Tells Brockton that he thinks someone might be trying to blame him for the murder. But he believes it to be a man that was murdered. (80) Whole name is revealed- his dog tag was found on the mummy’s body- he cries. 79 Lester Ballard: Jim O’Connor thinks he’s dead and possibly the body found in the cave. O’Connor says that he can think of some men in Cooke county who need killing and some men who wouldn’t mind doing some killing. 86 Sarah explains that Lester Ballard is a character from Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God. 89-90 Intimate encounter with Sarah and complication when Miranda sees it. 97 Brockman speculates that Sheriff Kitchings is protecting the killer. 98 Old timer names the mummy with a last name of Bonds. 101 Tom Kitchings tells Brockman that her name was Evelina “Leena” Bonds, Kitchings’ cousin, in the middle of their brawl in the sheriff’s office. 105 Bob Gonzales: works at forensics lab at Pentagon “Despite its pockets of darkness, the world can be a beautiful place.” 107 Jeff Brockton argues with his dad about his prolonged grief. Jeff thinks his dad has made it a game to see how long he can hold onto his painful feelings- that he does not really want to be happy. 109 Jeff feels that his dad is treating him and his family as if they were dead too. 110 Bill Brockton’s greatest joy had become his greatest sorrow. He treats his son like a curse instead of a gift. He seems incapable of opening his heart to his son. Joy and sorrow are inseparable. 112 Dr. Jessamine “Jess” Carter: regional medical examiner from Chattanooga; graduate of Harvard Medical, ME for Meacham/Ledbetter trial because unbiased (120) Lesbian 118 “deiner” means servant in German 120 Jess advises Bill about his complicated student-teacher relationships 126 Bill reflecting- he’s been “stewing” since Kathleen dies and has almost “boiled over” 127 Dolores: develops Bill’s case slides at Fotofast 128 Something about a photo of Tom Kitchings bothers Bill. 130 Someone has been visiting the grotto (Russell’s cave) repeatedly for a long time from the back entrance. It looks like Tom Kitchings may have visited too from the back entrance. 130-131 Bill considers withdrawing from the case because the truth is too tainted. After years of near perfect preservation, Bill feels that he destroyed Leena. (131) He decides not to withdraw, because he wants to help Leena. 133-134 Waylon’s truck 137 T-Ray: door keeper at the cock fighting arena in Cooke County Cooke County regards the law as a challenge- not a code of conduct. 140 Waylon says that cock fighting is an easy way to make money. Bill responds that he should tell that to the dead one. Lays out the pecking order 141 Orbin Kitchings bets on fights and forces people to bet against him, but is not good for his money when he loses. Bill tries to dip. 147 Big Jim, Williams, and Kitchings have a rough past 149 Steve Morgan: agent with the TBI, one of Brockton’s former students, majored in criminal justice, used handcuffs a prank in class to ask a girl out who later married him 151 “League of Justice”: informal joint investigation (not a task force) 1. Cole Billings: FBI agent 2. Brian Rankin: TBI agent; “Rooster” (141) 3. Angela Price: FBI Special Agent 158 Leon Williams goes to meet with Steve Morgan after Bill. 160 Art tells Bill to learn all he can, tell the truth, watch his back, and trust no one-including Art. 162-165 A drunken Tom Kitchings calls Bill in the middle of the night to make sure he covers Leena’s case well. He tells Bill the code you follow of sticking by your family in Cooke County. He also talks about wanting to do a good job, but how it’s sometimes easier to do a bad job. 173 Katie: receptionist at the front desk of the morgue 174 Joey Weeks: lowest ranking morgue assistant; working the incinerator 183 Art and Bill scour the cave from the front entrance, but get trapped and forced to exit through the back entrance which quickly becomes blocked as well. Who knew they were there? Who had revisited the cave since they removed Leena’s body? 187 Bill panics easily. He seems scared of losing people and scared of supporting himself. 194 Bill and Art “find” Waylon in the cave. 196 Bill says a silent prayer of thanks for getting out of the cave. 199 Cave Springs Primitive Baptist Church’s senior pastor is Thomas Kitchings. 202 Mr. Murdoch: Bill’s unstudied student 204 Brockton’s office gets broken into, and Leena’s body (with the exception of her skull, hyoid, and sternum) is stolen. 211 Vern: Waylon’s cousin whose house is booby-trapped, grows marijuana 214 Duke: Vern’s red hound; Waylon’s buddy. 215 Ralph: Vern’s sick son 216-219 Orbin Kitchings threatens Vern because Vernon has not paid him yet. 220 Bill questions Jim O’Connor on how someone could be as cold as the Kitchings are. 221 O’Conner tells about Senior Kitchings and his church 222-223 O’Conner and Bill discuss the differences in Tom and Orbin. Tom seems good at heart but make bad choices while Orbin simply seems to have a black heart. 223 “You never can tell when somebody’s going to walk out of the valley of the shadow as a bigger person or a smaller one.” Bill realizes that he’s come out of the shadow of Kathleen’s death a smaller person. 224 Believer or a dead man- either way, you won’t fell scared anymore 225 Officer Shipley: guard at the John J. Duncan Federal Building; Bill tells him the President Carter and rabbit story 227 David Welton: in-ouse lawyer for the FBI’s East TN field office 235 Sophie Bonds: Mrs. Vera Kitchings’ younger sister and Leena’s mother. When she died, Leena moved in with the Kitchings. Leena looked liked her mother. Mrs. Vera Kitchings describes Leena as high-spirited which isn’t far removed from mule-headed. Junior Bonds: Leena’s father Mrs. Vera Kitchings feels like she was her husband’s second choice for a wife behind Sophie. Senior Kitchings liked or disliked the act that Leena favored her mother? 237 Kitchings house has a path that leads to the cave 239 DA Bob Roper dropped the charges against Meacham after viewing Bill’s report. 242-243 Dr. Hamilton threatens Bill for ruining his reputation and career. 247 Cave lies on Federal land (Cherokee National Forest). 252 Answer is bound to bubble up soon… another boiling/stewing analogy Jim says he likes being self-sufficient… keeps a man honest. 253 Bill says that all people leave an imprint on the world and on the people we cross paths with. 260 Jim O’Conner’s business plan for Cooke County with his ginseng plants 262 Orbin Kitchings get shot down in his JetRanger 267 Tom Kitchings has a heart attack when he sees his dead younger brother. 270 Deputy Williams gives Tom Kitchings the shell casings from Orbin’s murder LifeStar helicopter takes Kitchings to the hospital. 274 Miranda, Art, and Sarah come to aid Bill in map the crime scene. 278 Orbin’s eyes are black like coal after the fire… windows to the soul. 285 Orbin had been tracking Bill. 287 Supposedly a deputy came to visit Kitching in the hospital… Williams? 288 No bandana or casings found in Kitchings belongings at the hospital 289 Stacy Beamon’s body is found and her kidnapper-murder is being held. 293 Leena’s baby was fathered by Senior Tom Kitchings. 295 Bill’s argument to Art is weak and logic isn’t steering his decision to confront Senior Kitchings. He feels a need to solve Leena’s case and bring her and her baby justice as a way of coping with Kathleen’s death and the division between he and Jeff. 296 Art and Bill confront Senior Kitchings 301 Mrs. Vera Kitchings turns on her husband, Art, and Bill and confesses to killing Leena. She knew her husband was intimate with Leena, but he lied to her. When he was gone, she retaliated and lied to him about what happened. 302 Mrs. Kitchings convinced her husband to bury Leena so the family and his church would not be brought to shame. He made an alter to her there and visited it often. 303-304 Deputy Williams turns on the Kitchings, Art, and Bill. He’s been vying for the Sherriff’s position for a long time. Senior Kitchings calls Williams common. His ancestors ravaged land during he Civil War. 305 Williams shoots Senior Kitchings. 307 Tom Kitchings Junior dies for gunshot. 309 Anonymous letter from Williams tipped Junior Kitchings off about Leena’s death/burial. This set up a way for Williams to destroy the Kitchings family. Junior Kitchings gave his life for Leena, her baby, and Bill… “Greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends.” 310 “For the first time in a long while- two years, I suddenly realized- I could see color and light and beauty clear to the horizon, with nothing in the way. 312 Gibran: “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” 313 Special election appoints Jim O’Conner as sheriff of Cooke County and Waylon as deputy. O’Conner paid for the Kitchings’ funerals/burials, including Leena’s. 314 Williams is pleading guilty un DeVreiss, but will not have any chance of parole. 315 O’Conner and Brockton talk about grieving and getting over lost loved ones. 316 Ralph is doing well since Bill referred him to a doctor. 317 Buzzard delves into the messy details of death. He may not understand why, but he did so with grace. Bill admires that.