Jerry Bledsoe's account of living with a death threat is now online (thnx JJ for the tip).
The drug business is especially vicious. Greensboro's homicide rate attests to that. Street thugs eagerly kill to prove their manhood and establish pride. Or just for the excitement of it. Professional killers from out of state can be hired for only a few thousand dollars. They usually work in pairs. They swoop in, make the hit and disappear. Catching them and bringing them to justice is often hopeless.
Driving home, I was fully conscious of how easy it would be for a pair of killers to pull alongside my car and open up with an automatic weapon. From now on, I would have to be constantly on the lookout for suspicious vehicles and people whenever I was away from home, but especially so in Greensboro. Even with vigilance, my chances wouldn't be good if an attack occurred.
We have a gate at the entrance to our driveway. It always stayed open. I locked it behind me when I got home. Linda was waiting. I told her what I'd learned at the meeting, and we began discussing the precautions we would need to take. A home invasion likely would come late at night while we were sleeping and not able to respond quickly. We would have to prepare for that possibility.