from: "Condry, Mark"
date: Thursday, September 09, 2004 2:00 PM
subject: Andrew

Hey,

I know how you feel. It’s hard not to think of the times he sat next to us at the table, smiling like a fool, rolling dice and moving his pieces around the board. He loved Monopoly night. Always wagged his tongue when he counted money, I don’t think he realized he did that.
It’s impossible to think of him shooting up a diner.

> There’s no return address on the envelope?

No, but the postmark is Idaho. Not CA or TX.

> not sure if you’ve already considered this, but it’s possible
> the whole thing is a fake. Some sick practical joke made to
> mess with your head. You can get newsprint paper for

Yeah, I’ve considered it. I didn’t tell you this earlier, but I called up Saint Alphonsus and asked if they’d had a patient named Andrew Hughes admitted in the last month. They had no record of him. I asked if it would show if he’d been pronounced DOA, and I got transferred to ER, where they keep paramedic records and info on all DOAs.

They have him listed.
He showed up on August 28, died of a gunshot wound to the head. Pronounced dead by ER resident at 3:14pm.

I asked for some contact info, like a phone or address where he might have been living. I got brushed off, told to call the police for that stuff. The hospital wouldn’t give out any personal info, at least not without some signatures. I haven’t called the police yet. That’s probably the next step.

Glad to hear that you and Connie are going strong. Sorry to sort of dump all of this on you, I just didn’t know who else would care to listen.

I’ll write if anything else comes of this. At this point I’m thinking maybe Drew’s mom sent it to me. Maybe Drew kept track of me when I moved to Dallas and had my address. I’m listed in the book. That would explain the logistics part.

I’m overthinking things.

Take care,
Mark