Inside Job – Stillwater Prison & the Day Before Yesterday (A Shannon O’Day Story)



Inside Job
(Stillwater State Jail) 1961-63

Half considered one of two

Dana Stanley, born September 27, 1942, met Edward Morrill born August 28, 1930, whereas working as a trainer’s aide within the Dakota County college system…

Ahead: Shannon O’Day was the trigger Edward Morrill had been sentence to five-years in jail for his affair with a minor, Dana Stanley, throughout the fall of 1958, and it was now December, 1961. He had served a little bit over two years, with good conduct, he was to get out in one other 12 months 1963, September, and was going up for a board listening to and hopefully be positioned on parole, thus, at this level and time he had a parole listening to come September of 1962, one 12 months from this date, and he had instructed his roommate, he was going to kill the one who put him on this jail when he received out, and the particular person he instructed (kidding or not), was Otis Wilde Mather’s third cousin, and when his title got here up, Shannon O’Day, Oscar Lewis Charleston, had written Otis, to go to him, saying it was pressing. And he did simply that, and gave Otis the data of his roommate, inmate good friend, and Otis, gave Oscar sufficient chewing tobacco to final him the 12 months out. However now one thing wanted to be executed to cease this potential hazard within the making.

And Otis’ plan was two fold. Get him a brand new sentence, one other 5 or ten years, or do him in. Whichever one was favorable, underneath no matter circumstances prevailed, in accordance to the time interval; and the much less those that knew, the higher off, to incorporate Shannon O’Day himself.

The Story

Chapter One
The Assembly

“Youall do me this right here favor cousin Oscar Lewis and I will give Youall $200-dollars for you time. Ef-in that be okay along with your aware, and it dont go in opposition to your nerve,” stated Otis Wilde Mather on the Stillwater State Jail, in Minnesota, throughout his go to together with his third cousin, Oscar Lewis Charleston.

They each checked out each other, and Otis pulled out two-hundred dollars, “Ef-in I takes the cash the guard right here, I imply, the po-lice man, he a-goin’ to take it away anyhow, I want I may purchase a-whore, however there aint any right here, we’all males right here and we are able to do what girls cant I reckon…so give da cash to some poor sucker,” he stated.
“Waht!” stated Otis, “Youall certain you desires to do this?”

“The way you imply, desires to do this? Jest finds somebody who aint received a cent and provides them two-hundred dollars value of these cent’s, all proper cousin?”

“We’ll,” stated Otis, “ef-in that makes you’re feeling a little bit higher, how about that white woman, Dana Stanley, Morrill received her a child, and she or he a-liven on her personal in some shack on the levee in that there shanty city down by the Mississippi River, under the cliffs, in St. Paul?”

“Properly, I would prefer to see a coloration folks git da cash, however poor white is ok I reckon. Waht do he do to her?” Requested Oscar.

“He executed handled her like a whore and she or he waz solely fifteen at dhe time, and turned sixteen, then he gits a coronary heart to admit, and gits mad trigger Shannon O’Day, he gits the Choose to place him away for 5 years. Oh I suppose she did her flatiron, however she as poor as a mouse with no cheese. So I would say if anybody deserves that-there two-hundred dollars, its Dana.”

A girl began screaming within the visiting space, some inmate was working round attempting to open up his fly, and everybody began wanting, and his spouse tried to settle him down, and by the point the guards received him, settled him down he had his britches half off wished to do no matter he may do together with his spouse, proper there after which, and his spouse’s fingers have been over her face embarrassed, simply shook her head. And a guard stated loud and clear, “We received to chop visiting time quick in the present day folks-all proper all people go away please.”

Otis, hushed up, because the guard pulled the person’s britches again up round his butt, and zipped up his entrance. The guard stated to the inmate,

“You will be strolling a tightrope for alongside time Henry!”

Otis was executed speaking anyhow, and when he reached the final steps to depart the jail, listening to the heavy metallic doorways, metal bar doorways, clang, and catch the lock, and click on as if dying itself, burped, shut behind him, he took in a deep breath, and let it out slowly. Then he unfolded the cash he was about to provide Oscar, and put it right into a separated division in his billfold. It was that very afternoon Otis visited Dana, and gave her the cash on behalf of Oscar. “Do me a favor,” Otis, instructed her, “Write him a thank-you letter, ef’in that aint an excessive amount of.”

She introduced a beer to her little kitchen desk, and opened it for Otis, “All Proper,” she remarked, “simply give me his full title and easy methods to despatched it to the jail, and I will do as you ask.”

Chapter Two
The Choice

Oscar had instructed his roommate, Edward Morrill, who slept on the highest bunk mattress, “Each inmate has a proper to attempt to escape, the guards anticipate it. And I received life, or twenty-years on this cell, fifteen extra to go if- I preserve my conduct effectively. Then I’m free, jest like that, free. However I aint received fifteen years in me left, I am forty-eight now, I anticipate I be lifeless by then. And I reckon each guard has a proper to shoot anybody who tries to depart this jail with out the correct paperwork. I want your assist, cuz my destiny is doom, I aint goin’ to expire of her, Im goin’ to stroll.”

Morrill did not know in fact he was being arrange, and that he ought to have recognized all alongside he was being arrange, as a result of he did not want to assist anybody, he was not getting a promissory notice for something however bother, however he stated, “What’s it you are asking me to do?” So he even requested earlier than he needed to, what Oscar wished him to do. Oscar had made certain he owed him a favor, just a few black pals have been going to blackjack him, threatened to slash his head with no matter that they had in the event that they could not discover a blackjack, and rape him. And Oscar put a scare into these fellows, and Edward was grateful. On the opposite had, Edward had wished he did not even know as a lot already as he did. Actually, if it was left to him, he would have likened to have been locked up in solitary till Oscar was over his escape principle.

“Do not brag; simply inform me the way you anticipate to do it? I suppose I am underneath a small bond to you, I wish to do what I received to do and wash my fingers of you.” Morrill requested, and remarked.

“You needn’t fear any,” Oscar stated.

“What?” he stated. “Why would you say that?”

“I stated you needn’t fear, no one received something in opposition to you and all I would like you to do is go into the laundry room, choose up a bag of laundry, from Marcus, my good friend in there, and produce it to me within the males’s room, throughout visiting time Saturday, its received girls’s cloths in it, and my sister goes to go to me, and I will gown up like her, and she or he’ll say she misplaced her ID, and I will stroll out of the place dressed like a feminine earlier than her.”

“Sure,” he stated, “however you are going to be one ugly feminine.” They usually each laughed.

Chapter Three
Two Days Later

The Warden known as Edward Morrill to his workplace. “Sit on down,” he instructed him, “hear up” he stated, clearing his throat, after which acknowledged (his voice sotto-voce, and curious): “What within the heck did you do it for? All of us thought you have been of sound thoughts. That is what your information say anyway, and that is what you instructed us.”

“That is proper,” Edward stated.

“Did not you realize it would not work?” the Warden requested.

Edward received up, wanting to depart, and the Warden stated, “Wait, did not you notice you’d by no means get away with it?”

“Oscar instructed me he wished to flee, however after I introduced the bag of cloths into the toilet, and got here out, he was gone, and his sister was gone, and I used to be standing there by my lonesome.” The Warden checked out him; he seemed skinny and frail.

“Oscar would not have a sister, he ought to not have fooled you however he hasn’t something to lose, and after I talked to him, he denied he had something to do with the ladies’s clothes in that bag, the guard noticed you deliver it into the toilet. You’d have gotten out in simply one other 12 months, and I warned you to maintain your nostril clear, to not assist three-time losers.”

“He by no means had to do this to me,” stated Edward.

“Properly he did it, and you are going to get one other five-years added onto your unique sentence, so neglect about getting out early, you’ve got received till 1968. That is proper Edward Morrill, the champion of champion dummies. And I’ve given you a personal cell all to your self. Some people simply by no means study.”

“I assumed I solely had one enemy, Shannon O’Day, I suppose I now received two,” stated Edward.

Chapter 4

He, Edward Morrill was completely different now, as if his youth was going to be warn out earlier than he received out of jail, over a press release he had forgot he even made. Immolated youth and hope had set into Dana Stanley likewise. The leather-toughness that he as soon as had was now bodily exhaustion; he had robbed the innocence of a younger woman, and set a burning hearth to his youthful years. Years would go; these exact same years that he was suppose to have been free. Had Edward had a greater lawyer, he might need executed higher, he had forgot, secrets and techniques are now not secrets and techniques as soon as instructed. That was now. And now he belonged to the State of Minnesota, the Authorities.

At first he was embarrassed, at what he did, however held some delight, respect for himself, as a result of he hadn’t gotten caught at it, and had willingly introduced his crime to the eye of the authorities, however he had forgiven himself, however now it had grow to be a form of reflection of somebody’s amusement: somebody past these metal bars, and his guilt, together with that different particular person’s unforgiving guilt he wished to plant into him, who was attempting to make his guilt into disgrace, somebody past Oscar to have tricked him, now he felt silly, and that previous guilt got here again and had become deep disgrace, harm and anger.

And now realizing Edward was in for plenty of years, extra years, Dana did not really feel like ready, and she or he did not wish to discover ways to wait any longer, ready and listening, and studying what was occurring within the jail, and her youngster getting older. And so she had gone again to her folks, her residence along with her mom and father, and began relationship a gents fellow from Stillwater Township, and she or he went again to Sunday college. And when Edward would get out in 1968, Shannon O’Day, who was previous now, can be lifeless then, he died in 1967. He, Edward had discovered the exhausting method, justice wasn’t for each man and lady alive, it was for one of the best and richest, and champions of the world. One of the best the others may do was hope for an opportunity at it, however to not anticipate it. America was no completely different when it got here to cash, if a person wished to blot you out, it was a matter of ‘how a lot.’ Someway Edward knew, however did not say: he talked an excessive amount of.

No: 2005

Upon the suicide dying of Mr. Edward Morrill, in 1966, on the jail wall in his cell, subsequent to his mattress, he wrote the next poem:

The Thoughts’s Jail Cell
By Edward Morrill

In my jail cell
An evil knight was born
In a hate sea-roaming
This satan’s noble
Unsheathed his sword,
For my sire of previous
As soon as a star
Within the heavens…!

And stated I, I to my sire
Of previous, trapped on land
Slave to the whims
Of this cell in jail…!
Life slowly suffocating
I will give my soul
To grow to be a selkie
To have energy of males
Or a merman or sea spirit
Of varied varieties, thus…

I shall forged off my skins
And are available ashore
As a seal, to a selkie
And with time
This valiant-hearted,
Youngster of longing,
Chosen of an imp
Shall kill the human
That put me forth
Into this lasting jail,
And return with my soul
For his holding!

5-30-2009; No: 2614

The Day earlier than Yesterday
((A Shannon O’Day Story) (1916/1966))

Half Two of Two

Chapter 5
Skeptical Shooter

(In a Guesthouse, France, 1916) “What?” The waitress stated in German.

“I stated the place the French compound is? It is getting late.”

It was close to twilight, he was in search of his battalion, had left The Village of Douaumont, left it the day earlier than yesterday, the battle of Verdun was over, a three-hundred day battle, and he was left to die, however he did not die, and as he had requested, and the waitress had stated: there was some form of ammo dump on the fringe of the woods, a number of miles away, and so he went in that course she had identified, stepped over trenches, and some lifeless our bodies nonetheless in them, lifeless males’s faces eaten by rats, others with different deformities, he walked by a corn storage shed (reminded him of Minnesota), after which noticed a army compound surrounded with barbwire. He headed to the principle gate, “Halt,” a French Sergeant commanded. A shooter on the tower wanting down with a pointed rifle barrow,

“Let’s examine your ID soldier?” he stated.

Shannon O’Day pulled it out of his again pocket, and seemed surprisingly on the man.

“Why you observing me soldier?” requested the sergeant.

“No cause,” he stated, however was staring as a result of the sergeant’s nostril did not have bone in it, and once you checked out him, you might see proper up his nostrils, like a pig.

“Your battalion, or firm is not right here, they went onto Paris for go away.” Stated the sergeant; then he pulled his revolver out, and ordered him in opposition to the guard shack’s wall, “You appear to be a spy?” he questioned Shannon, in French.

“Do I discuss like one?” requested Shannon, “I am an American within the French Military, and was wounded and misplaced, and now I am healed and nonetheless misplaced. I want a drink of water-please.”

“No,” stated the sergeant. “Simply who and what are you doing right here, popping out of nowhere? Perhaps you are a deserter, not misplaced however merely executed hiding because the battle is now over and wish to go residence like a hero?”

“About three weeks, I have been gone three weeks, possibly two, I misplaced rely.”

“Can I be of any assist Sergeant?” requested an officer as he walked by.

“No sir,” stated the sergeant, “I’ve received it underneath management.”

“Simply so you do not shoot considered one of our personal,” he uttered.

Then the sergeant shoved Shannon savagely out onto the skinny platform, away from the wall, “Three weeks is a very long time to be on the market by yourself soldier?” stated the sergeant, “one thing smells fishy right here!”

The shooter was nonetheless wanting, midway aiming his rifle incase he needed to deliver it again as much as his shoulder in a rush.

“I am no dealer, I used to be wounded, and a few lady in that village known as Douaumont put me again collectively!”

“That is one huge cock and bull story,” stated the sergeant now in English.

From behind them you might hear the incoming whisper of engines within the air, and so Shannon crouched, seemed up, the planes seemed like two darkish lengthy winged geese, dropping down shortly, the sky was grey and dim, and so they have been heading towards the ammo dump behind the guardhouse.

“Pay attention,” the sergeant stated to Shannon, “…grabs the rifle within the guardhouse and shoot on the aircraft,” the sergeant was too far-off, and the aircraft was now taking pictures its machine weapons madly throughout them, and the shooter within the tower couldn’t get shot, and he had a roof over his head, and hid behind the tower’s wood body.
“The mad Germans are taking pictures everywhichway,” stated the Sergeant.

Shannon now had his rifle in hand, a soldier got here working up towards the sergeant, dived to the bottom, aspect by aspect, “Do not get in that soldier’s method with the rifle, let him shoot,” stated the sergeant, “take the shot soldier,” yelled the sergeant.

The aircraft dived shut overhead, Shannon watched the sky and the lightening tracers of the machine gun, and fired one bullet-a breeze fell on the face of Shannon, with the moon rising overhead, after which you might hear a crash. The second aircraft emptied its load over the darkness, and missed the principle stockpile of shells.

” corporal,” stated the Sergeant, “I notice you had lots of stress going into that shot, however subsequent time, do not wait so lengthy.”

The stress of the day, and the day earlier than yesterday, was too, too, mush, a specific amount of nausea befell Shannon. He had been anxious to search out his battalion, his outfit, and right here he discovered an ammo dump, with a sergeant calling him a spy, and German planes attempting to shoot at him.

“Need to know my title, corporal?” requested the Sergeant.

“No, I simply need a cot to sleep on.”

“Simply name me Wes, I will have somebody deliver you to the 30-30 ammo 500 rounds battery, and sorry I known as you a spy. Appears such as you had a concussion?” requested the sergeant.

“I suppose I did,” there was a protracted pause, “can I’m going now sergeant?”

“Personal, go on and take the corporal to the ammo battery, give him a bunk and a few grub.”

“Sure,” sergeant, stated the non-public, “This fashion Corporal” stated the non-public to Shannon.

Chapter Six
The Door

(1966) The Door

There was a knock on the door, Shannon tossed over to 1 aspect, heard a voice say, “Youall a-wake in there?” (A voice from the previous.)

“I received some information fer you Shannon!”

Slowly Shannon discovered his toes, and pushed them over and onto the ground, then pulled him-self as much as rise up and off the bed

“Sounds such as you Otis?”

“Yessum, it me all proper, let me in.”

Shannon opened the door, “Otis Wilde Mather, what the heck are you doing on the town, thought you have been down in Ozark?”

“Jes’ thought I would cease on by have a drink with Youall, and provide the excellent news, Edward Morrill, dedicated suicide in jail.”

“I suppose I am not all that sorry about that, and maybe not all that stunned. How did you discover out?”

“My third cousin executed known as me up and instructed me. He is in fer life.”

“Hum…m, sounds a bit suspicious to me, like he was maintaining a tally of him for you.”

“I heard you speaking in your sleep, getting these rattling nightmares once more, or what Youall name them things-nowadays?”

“Nightmares is nice sufficient Otis, simply plain previous nightmares, sit on down, I received us some good previous corn whisky, in the event you received the time?”

“Yessum, jest like previous instances, that what I like ’bout yaw Shannon, you by no means change.”

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