This is a continuation of the text in the book: Predator; The Man Who Didn’t Exist; Do You Know How to Fly?
The main title (Do You Know How to Fly?) was a question posed by Delmer Smith to a woman victim as he held our out naked over her 12th floor balcony in the middle of the night and (after he had physically and sexually abused her) he asked her if she knew how to fly.
The book was developed over a period of years with interviews of not only the killer, but of his fiancé at the time, the victims who were alive and approachable, law enforcement, and the attorneys involved. If you desire to buy the book it can be purchased directly from me (I sign it) or at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble, or any bookstore for that matter. My website is http://www.authorgordonkuhn.com and you can make a purchase there.
Okay, so here we go:
Chapter 2 “He’s my Uncle.”
The defenses plea for mercy.
“He’s My Uncle.”
It is August 14th, 2012 and Mr. Brunvand, Delmer Smith’s defense attorney, will introduce two young women to the Court. They have traveled to Bradenton, Florida from Detroit, Michigan out of love for the defendant. Brunvand plans to show a different side of Delmer to the Court. It is an attempt to obtain some leniency for his client to avoid the death penalty. “Good morning,” he said to the first woman. She had just taken a seat on the stand and been sworn in, “Please tell the Jury your full name.”
“And Alicia, how old are you?” He smiled gently at her.
Brunvand continues with questions regarding Ms. Phillips residence and employment. She has come from her home in Bradford, Michigan where she lives with her 3-year-old daughter. She has come to Bradenton to speak in open court on behalf of a man being held on first-degree murder charges.
“How do you know Delmer Smith?”
“He’s my uncle.”
Brunvand asks her if she can point out Delmer in the courtroom “and tell the Jury what he’s wearing?”
She does so, indicating a man seated at the defense table wearing “a striped blue shirt, collared shirt.”
“And is he someone who you consider yourself close to?” Brunvand gently asks.
“Yes, I love him very much.”
“Do you recall an instance as a child where Delmer came to your aid?”
“Yes,” Ms. Phillips went on to tell about an instance where she had “been bad” and was being punished for it by getting “a spanking.” She explained that her grandmother, Velma Shelton Smith, Delmer Smith’s mother, had picked up a switch, her apparent singular choice for dealing with such issues, and was spanking her when her nose began to bleed. Delmer, she told the Court, stepped in between his mother and his niece protecting her from being struck anymore by his mother.
“And he calmed me down, and—you know, he always came to my aid.”
To Be Continued.