Today the town of Canyon Creak is mourning the death of Mr. Duff (26).
At 11pm last night Brower (30), who was awaiting trial for having brutally butchered his brother-in-law, grabbed an iron bar from outside his prison cell and attacked his unarmed guard. After having savagely beaten him to death detectives believe Brower stole Mr. Duff’s keys and escaped through an outer door, leaving the bloody, battered body of Mr. Duff lying on the cold prison floor. Soon afterwards the body was found by prison officer Mr. Rob Hanley, who said, “I found Burton’s body in a pool of his own blood, streaming from a huge wound in his forehead. He was lifeless; killed by a ruthless maniac.
“”…one of our most able and hard-working men…
“After having fled to nearby ‘Carnole Wood’ Brower returned to the town’s prison at approximately 11.30pm and, allegedly, gave himself up, just as a posse of constables was about to begin searching for him. Local constable Tailer Hewitt claimed, “Brower’s face was as white as chalk when he came through the door. When he saw Burton’s body he looked behind him, as if he wanted to make a run for it. But he didn’t move so we seized him immediately. We were curious as to why he would give himself up. He killed a good friend of everyone’s – Burton had no enemies.
” The town’s sergeant, Sergeant Malahide, spoke, “This is a horribly vicious attack on one of our most able and hard-working men”, comments which were echoed by those of the coroner; “I’ve never seen such a cold-blooded and malicious murder in my whole career. The body is unrecognisable.””.
..devoted husband and father…
“Mr. Duff was well respected in the small town community where he lived. He was a family man with a loving wife and a young daughter, who is due to turn four years of age next week. In a state of shock and disbelief his wife, in tears, said to our reporter, “Burton was a kind, gentle man, and indeed a devoted husband and father, who loved his family and his work. He wouldn’t touch a fly. Why anyone would do something like this I cannot understand.””.
..danger to society and to himself…”Brower is behind bars today once more.
Last month he callously butchered his brother-in-law Mr. Johnny Cant, who is supposed to have threatened to blackmail him. Again he left the body in an unrecognisable state. His distraught wife said at the time, “Orrin is such a nice fella. He and Johnny have always been very friendly, so I can’t think of any reason why Orrin would kill him. It is absolutely terrible what he has done, and is so unlike him.” Regarding her husband’s latest murder Mrs.
Brower said, “I know Orrin, and I know that he didn’t mean to kill the young jailer. Orrin isn’t violent. He wouldn’t do something like this without a good reason.” Local doctor Mr. Ian Lawless today confirmed Brower’s psychological illness, and believes this to be the cause of his extremely violent behaviour in recent times.
He concluded, “Mr. Brower is a danger to society, and to himself.”‘Stunned’Canyon Creak still remains in a state of utter shock and sheer anger tonight. The town has been stunned by this murder which has shaken many local residents. However they can be reassured by the fact that the murderer is, once again, behind bars and will be for a long time.The coroner’s results will be made public sometime later this week, while Mr. Brower is due in court on Saturday 14th September.
We will keep you posted as to how events unfold.