Mob Ties

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Mob Ties
Written by Mark Edgemon

Todd was an excellent artist! He could create art with depth in any medium using any type of paint, charcoals or pencils. A clothing manufacturer executive saw examples of Todd’s work on the internet and asked him to create art to be used in a new line of artistic neck ties.

The first line was of baseball greats, then famous celebrities and finally, well known mobsters such as Al Capone and Bonnie and Clyde. Todd had steady work as an artist, until he had completed the art portraits for the clothing manufacturer. He was thinking of going back to school to study his art further, until he received a phone call from a representative of an infamous organized crime figure named, Antonio Bononaro. The crime boss had the complete collection of his “Mob Ties” and wanted him to paint his portrait to be displayed in his art gallery within his home.

They became fast friends and Todd continued to paint for Antonio various works of art, all of which the mobster loved. While they were out together, going to art shops and having lunch together, an art gallery curator was rude to Todd, saying his work did not equal the level of fine art. He shrugged it off and they left the shop. As Todd drove by the shop the next day, he noticed it had been closed.

Similar things continued to happen such as once his landlord raised his rent and after he mentioned it to Antonio, the landlord called and said he was actually reducing his rent. It occurred to Todd that Antonio might have had something to do with these incidents.

Eventually, everyone began to keep their distance from Todd out of fear of retaliation from his mob associations. Since he didn’t want to offend his friend Antonio, he decided to play along with his new image as a very connected guy.

One day, Todd read in the morning newspaper that Antonio was arrested in regards to a string of murders, one of which was the curator at the art gallery. Todd was arrested and even though he knew nothing about them, he was tied into the murders as an accomplice by his mere association with Antonio.

Todd stood trial for the murder of victims that he didn’t even know. The saying that is often spoken is still very true, you ARE known by the company you keep.

Copyright © 2008 Mark Edgemon

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