A friend of my wife’s lived in a small town in Crittenden County, Arkansas. The woman and her husband owned a good-size farm. They had a son. As happens in rural America, the son decided he could make more money dealing in illegal drugs than by working the farm.
West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County. Drugs make up an important part of crime in West Memphis.
One morning the wife and husband woke up to find someone had parked their son’s car in one of their fields and set the car on fire. They also discovered their son’s burned body in the car.
No one was ever arrested in the homicide. Police know all the bad guys in a city and in a county, but linking a particular crime to a specific bad guy is not always possible.