Dwight had never heard of Larry Sullivan until their first meeting. The ombudsman had gotten a call from a reader and wanted to know about Dwight’s sources for a few stories, including the series that earned Dwight the Pulitzer nomination.
You didn’t have to be a good investigative reporter – and Dwight was a great one, he’d tell you so – to understand the ramifications of the second meeting.
If everything you’ve lived for is about to be taken away, someone has to die – either you or the other guy.
As a good investigative reporter, Dwight learned the time and place to visit a vulnerable Larry Sullivan. Moreover, he never worried the cops might ask about the missing newspaper ombudsman, because Dwight had lots of experience making up facts. ###
I couldn’t wrangle in Octopus Wrangler, but I bet if one exists he’s had a cameo on that World’s Toughest Jobs show. And I thought Lion Tamer was insane. Shout out to my wife, Janet, who threw Ombudsman my way. The word, alas, not the story.
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