When he and my dad met, and became fast friends, my father did not know this. He was insanely jealous so they hid ever knowing one another. After my dad died, my mom and hank began to sneak around having an affair. He is the one I caught my mother in bed with, and because his live in girlfriend was also my mom's best friend he decided to make sure I stayed quiet, so he ran out after me, threw me in the car, drove me down a dirt road and threatened to hurt me if I ever told.
Anyway, people, like my grandmother started to suspect something was going on between them, and then they found out that my mom and him had known each other and hid it. So people started to say my mom killed my dad so she could be with Hank. Now, I know this is not true, I was in that house, I saw how crazy he had become, and I can tell you beyond a doubt, it had gotten to the point of him or us. But with my mom's trial coming up she needed to throw people off and she did not want to lose Pam (his girlfriend) as a friend. So she started seeing his brother. This also allowed her to keep a close connection with Hank and hang out as "couples" often.
Well, a few weeks before the trial, they were at Lake Michie, my dads favorite fishing hole. They were fishing off the bridge. There was no swimming allowed there because the water was very deep and
Tumultuous which was odd for a lake. I guess Hank let jealousy get the best of him, and he could not stand seeing his brother touching my mother any longer. His brother, had also grown jealous, seeing how my mom and hank looked at one another, and I think he began to suspect he was a cover.
They started to fight and argue, Hank was a lot bigger than his brother Ed, and he picked Ed up and dangled him over the bridge. I assume his intent was to only scare him because he knew his brother could not swim. Somehow, Hank lost his grip on Ed and Ed fell down into the water. He started screaming for Hank to save him. Hank was an excellent swimmer, so he jumped in to save his brother. By then Ed was struggling hard, going under mostly and no longer screaming.
My mom was yelling for Hank to save Ed, and I will never forget until the day I die, when Hank looked up and said "I can't even save my damn self".... He knew he was dying too. Within a minute, they both were under the water. no one could see them. There were only a couple of others there, it was winter, very cold, and no one was willing to dive in. We had already seen two of them vanish.
My mom went crazy, screaming, crying, fighting the air it seemed.... The dive team came out and they found Ed that day, but not Hank. I know this sounds horrible but I was glad he was gone. I felt he was responsible for the change in my mother and he had hurt me and my brothers in what little time my dad had been gone. But every night I would have nightmares that he was not really gone, that he made it out of the lake and that is why they could not find his body and he came back to get us. (There was actually a similiar story line on General Hospital, one of my moms soaps, When Luke went over the side of the ship on him and Laura's honeymoon so I guess that is where I got the idea from)
About a week later, his body washed up on shore, I felt a sense of relief, but again, my mother went nuts. At the funeral, even at ten years old I was so ashamed of how she behaved. I swear I thought she was going to get in the coffin with this man. And to make it worse, his girlfriend was there witnessing this.
I understand why my mom killed my dad, I do, but I can't help but feel she was also partially responsible for the death of brothers, Hank and Ed.