Tinker Man

“What if we’ve already been invaded?”   It was a strange thing for a congressman to say, but James Ogburn was no ordinary government official:  He was a serial killer – Congressman by day, killer by night.  On the surface James was a compassionate man who loved his wife and three children (two boys and a baby girl).   He was concerned for the poor and disabled.   Ironically he was also a strict law-and-order man.   What no one knew was that Ogburn was also the infamous “Tinker Man,” the murderer who hunted and dissected a slew victims.  Dissection was a hobby he learned as a child growing up in rural Pennsylvania.  His grandfather, Morgan, was his teacher.  Morgan was a former military man who loved the art of taxidermy.  He lived in a tin shack in the hills and always welcomed young James.  What started as an innocent hobby grew into an obsession that took a strange turn.  James always liked to tinker.  He was a curious boy.    From an early age he enjoyed taking things apart to discover how they worked.  He started with clocks and gradually  worked up to small animals under the guidance of Morgan.  James became interested in discovering the “spark” of life so he started to dissect animals while they were still alive.  James became addicted to the control and power he felt from his activities and he was encouraged by Morgan.  His parents never wanted their son to see his grandfather.  Morgan had a murky past.  The boy learned to perform his “operations” in secret.  He visited Morgan on the sly.  James developed two lives.  He was a model student and president of his senior class.  At night he went hunting.   When he left for college, his obsession took over and he committed his first human kill.  James was careful to lead a normal life during the day.  Late at night he would dissociate and become the Tinker Man.  When he was finally caught, his family refused to believe their loving husband and father was a serial killer.  Sharon, his wife, sobbed unrelentingly.  She was a lawyer in a high powered firm.  She would defend her husband, but even Sharon began to grow suspicious when James confided, “I have a good defense.  I’ll say aliens invaded my mind.  they’ll put me in a hospital where I’ll miraculously recover and be set free.”    It was the way he said it … and the fact that he was actually admitting to the murders.   Life can be extremely complicated and unpredictable.  Eventually, Jame’s plan worked and he was committed to a hospital.  No one was willing to give a death sentence to a two term congressman no matter what crime he committed.  It was easier to believe mental illness was to blame.  The truth lay hidden beneath layers of organic tissue, brain matter, and within the intricacies of social behavior.  Years later, murder and dissection became rampant, a growing epidemic.  James Ogburn’s well constructed lie was indeed the truth.  An alien pathogen had been planted and set free – it was the vanguard of an invasion by creatures from a distant future who were no longer human.


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