Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #18
…Money buys influence. Sometimes it prevents liberty…
“When I told the rest that the F.B.I is involved, in the matter of former doctor A.O. Campbell’s release–they are, except it is in a more ‘round about way. They may not object to his release per se, but I know they are greatly disturbed about how many abortions are being illegally performed in this state, which is under your direction, I might add.”
“We prosecute more doctors than some,” he brags mildly.
“No, Governor Hopkins, I believe you indict more quack butchers than you do medical doctors. The Bureau has provided me with some intriguing numbers… accompanied by some interesting names.”
“Is Dr. Sapp on the list?”
“Yes, indeed, I believe you see my, our point. Most every country doctor does abortions, especially for girls with greenbacks in their lily white hands. I suspect those doctors remember the days when the Dixie dollar dried up. They can’t resist an easy buck, like those from families desperate to save the reputation of their dear sweet daughter.
“Doc Campbell may have cleaned up after Dr. Sapp, but he was caught in counterfeit circumstances, just like folks who were holding Confederate paper,” he deduces.
“That is a lose interpretation of the law,” insists Hopkins, who should be the expert in this twosome.
“It wasn’t loose when you were States Attorney, now was it?” counters the antagonist.
Yes-buts are not relevant in the here and now. He offers no retort.
“I’ll tell you what, W.D. … may I call you that can I not?” He is sarcastic. “Our hotel will be completed in less than a year. That would be a right fine time for ol’ Doc Campbell to be freed.
A $1000 bill is stuffed into the breast pocket of his Italian-made suit. That is where Wilbert Hopkins had seen the name of Samuel Goldblatt III before; on the contribution rolls of his gubernatorial campaign.
Money buys influence. Sometimes it prevents liberty.
Hopkins allows the money to stay in his pocket, but its filthy aura will benefit some charity, not him. He is ashamed to return to the parole meeting and the mostly negative reaction that awaits him there.
Wilbert Dexter Hopkins saves his own skin, at the expense of his conscience.
Alpha Omega M.D.