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I rarely read crime novels, after a friend's fiance was murdered a number of years ago I stopped reading mysteries.

I am a murder mystery junky. I cannot begin to imagine how such a thing would affect me. It would certainly make withdrawal simple. But I don't ever want to find out.

I have known one person who was murdered, and that was almost a "non-murder," in that it was a dispute between the man and his son-in-law and heat of passion, etc., etc., etc. It was shocking at the time -- I was only 8 or 9, I think. I can't remember how old I was. It was weird hearing about it on the radio and knowing it was someone I knew.

Then we went to the wake and my parents went in to view the body, leaving me in the waiting room of the funeral party.

Small town. Not much community civic center space. The inquest was going on in another room down the hall and I could hear every word. So there I was, listening to them question the son-in-law and hearing all the gory details while my parents thought they were protecting me from having to view the body.

I did not find it so traumatic until they came out and whisked me away and I realized I was supposed to be traumatized.

It didn't spoil my love of mysteries, but if it were someone closer and circumstances were different, I can see how it would.

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