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2000 Stories by Harrison Fletcher

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  • Follow That Story

    published December 21, 2000

    Lieurance and Shirley Sullivan are not looking forward to Christmas. On December 25, 1998, their daughter Polly was stabbed and beaten to death in... More >>

  • Let There Be Lights

    published December 21, 2000

    Not even Alice saw it coming. Eighteen years ago, when her husband went into his workshop with some bicycle parts, Christmas lights, teddy... More >>

  • Parted in the Center

    published December 14, 2000

    Somewhere between the anecdote about wiring the Christmas tree to the wall when her son was a baby ("And he still knocked that hummer down!") and... More >>

  • The Last Word

    published December 7, 2000

    Leonard Carlo is so upset, he can't even curse properly. He shakes his big bald head, slaps a callused hand on the bar, stutters through a... More >>

  • Calling All Guys!

    published November 30, 2000

    In a crowded surplus store in downtown's ragged, industrial backyard, Arturo Rascon hits pay dirt. "How much for these?" he asks, appraising... More >>

  • There's No Place Like Dome

    published November 23, 2000

    On a terrace 5,500 feet above sea level, Ted Polito Jr. leans over and lets me in on a little secret: People pray up here, he whispers. They're... More >>

  • Park Place

    published November 9, 2000

    To many who live at 37th Avenue and Lipan Street, Bernabe "Indio" Franco is little more than a name on a sign, someone who lived in the... More >>

  • X-phile

    published October 26, 2000

    The thing about it is, Barry McDonald says, he doesn't think he actually attracts weird and creepy phenomena. "But I do seek it out," he explains.... More >>

  • Death Takes a Holiday

    published October 12, 2000

    So there he was, Eric Pabst, sitting behind the wheel of his hearse in a cemetery, wearing black jeans, black shirt and black boots, when a black... More >>

  • Hard Time

    published October 5, 2000

    He is dying in here. He is sitting alone in his white prison cell with his library books and his Ramen noodles, losing control of his body. He... More >>

  • Storme Warning!

    published August 24, 2000

    Storme Aerison walks to the front of the courtroom and selects an aisle seat. Gone is the heavy mascara, the lipstick and the thick layers of... More >>

  • Dump and Grind

    published August 10, 2000

    Paul Fox hits the brakes, and his pickup swerves onto the shoulder of 62nd Avenue, in the industrial fringe of Adams County. A dump truck roars... More >>

  • The Heat Is On

    published August 3, 2000

    The sun isn't up yet, and already Ernie Cordova is sweating. He's hunched over the grill at the Chubby Burger Drive-In, getting ready for the... More >>

  • Hoop Dreams

    published July 6, 2000

    This might be a serious game and all, but there's no getting around it -- some big bellies are on the floor. "Skins got too many fat guys,"... More >>

  • Beggar's Banquet

    published June 15, 2000

    It's hot out, damn hot. The lunch crowd is surly, the mall cops are cruising, and Denver City Council just banned "aggressive" panhandling. But... More >>

  • The Broad Was a Fraud

    published June 8, 2000

    Looking back, Ernie Ferguson can see the deception. It's all there in the photographs, as thick and smooth as the makeup on the con man's face.... More >>

  • Buried Secrets

    published May 25, 2000

    John Horan has handled a thousand bodies, but even now, after 25 years, the forgotten ones still get to him."This was an eleven-year-old child,"... More >>

  • All in la Familia

    published May 11, 2000

    In the days of eating catsup and bread for dinner, Raul and Sylvia Vasquez dreamed of this. The Suburban with the TV, VCR and Nintendo set; the... More >>

  • The Kids Are All Right

    published April 27, 2000

    Kim Chlumsky was returning from lunch when her mom heard the shots echo in the backyard garden. As Kim approached the school, which is only a few... More >>

  • Animal House

    published April 20, 2000

    The phone rang. It was a Littleton woman who said her kids' candy had been disappearing. Jack Murphy smelled a rat. He fired up the Dodge... More >>

  • Dancing Queen

    published April 13, 2000

    There are many secrets, but you can never underestimate the importance of good blush. As any drag queen worth her mascara will tell you,... More >>

  • What's in a Name?

    published March 30, 2000

    Whenever someone asks Marcus Roybal about her ethnicity, which seems to be happening a lot these days, she simply glances at the back of her... More >>

  • Chewing the Fat

    published March 16, 2000

    Even the Whoppers had to go. My wife and I have decided to eat "better," so to speak, and for the next six weeks that means more protein, more... More >>

  • Beauty and the Yeast

    published March 2, 2000

    Those who know Viviane Le Courtois-Mitchell have come to expect those moments when she reaches into a garbage pail, plucks out a crusty banana... More >>

  • One Man's Junk

    published February 24, 2000

    Bill Good's head is like a giant lightbulb. No matter where he is or what he's doing, ideas flutter up to him like moths on a summer night. From... More >>

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