One of my passions is fly fishing with a few of my best friends, one of whom is Nick Warden. Nick is a retired attorney from McKinney, Texas. On our many fishing expeditions Nick regales us with tall Texas tales from his days as an attorney in McKinney where he was occasionally called upon to be a public defender.
One such true story is about a woman who claimed her boyfriend chucked her into a well in the middle of a cow pasture. The guy was arrested and spent time eating light bulbs while incarcerated awaiting trial. The enterprising sheriff who was running for re-election saw a publicity opportunity and would take the jail bird downtown where he would eat various glass items to draw a crowd for the sheriff. During this time the lawman would pass out flyers soliciting votes for the upcoming election.
Nick has graciously given me permission to turn this true event into a short story. I hope to have it out in a few months.
A New Short Story: The Woman in the Well