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EXT. MOUNTAINS - NIGHT
was twenty-five. Hard to believe.
Grandfather was a lawman. Father
too. Me and him was sheriff at the
same time, him in Plano and me here.
I know I was.
Some of the old-time sheriffs never
even wore a gun. A lot of folks find
that hard to believe. Jim Scarborough
never carried one. That's the younger
one. Up in Comanche County.
off by heart. You can't help but
timers. Can't help but wonder how
There was this boy I sent to the gas
chamber at Huntsville here a while
back. My arrest and my testimony. He
killed a fourteen-year-old girl.
Papers said it was a crime of passion
but he told me there wasn't any
passion to it.
long slow pan.
Told me that he'd been planning to
he could remember. Said that if they
turned him out he'd do it again.
is opening the rear door on the far side of the car.
Said he knew he was going to hell.
don't know what to make of that. I
The crime you see now, it's hard to
even take its measure. It's not that
I'm afraid of it.
Back to the shot over the light bars: the deputy, with a
hand on top of the prisoner's head to help him clear the
I always knew you had to be willing
to die to even do this job -- not to
be glorious. But I don't want to
meet something I don't understand.
door and reaches down for something-apparently heavy-at his
You can say it's my job to fight it
but I don't know what it is anymore.
...More than that, I don't want to
know. A man would have to put his
soul at hazard.
...He would have to say, okay, I'll
be part of this world.
Seated in the sheriff's office, on the phone. The prisoner
stands in the background. Focus is too soft for us to see
behind his back.
Yessir, just walked in the door.
Sheriff he had some sort of a thing
on him like one of them oxygen tanks
for emphysema or somethin'. And a
hose from it run down his sleeve...
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