Defending the town drunk;
Victor Peckham, 1920-1983
Most people stayed away from Vic Peckham.
He killed a four-year-old girl in fifty-two.
He ran her down leaving only her shoes
and her brother crying where she had been.
My dad said the accident made Vic drink.
But it might have been his time in the war,
the killing he did, reliving the horror,
taking German lives without time to think.
The trialís mental exam showed he wasnít right,
so he spent years in the state hospital
before coming back to our town and all
the memories he cried to stop each night.
Especially innocent Linda Lee Leich,
A mistaken enemy in his sights.