Marvin Hammerman Season II, Part IV
The day wears on in Baltimore. Marvin Hammerman and his assistant, Anna Jackson, have arrived at BWI Airport and are en route to the residence of Odell Lacey.
As they make their way to Owings Mills and observe the many run-down neighborhoods and boarded-up houses along the way, Anna remembers a time when certain neighborhoods were thriving with business and well-to-do men and women. She remembers high school, when times were fairly good. But these days, Baltimore is a shooting gallery and the murder capital of Maryland.
Anna can still recall the days when Walter Lacey was a quiet guy, a shy person who didn’t get involved with too many things or too many people. As they approach Odell Lacey’s place, they see him standing outside to greet them.
“Hello, Mr. Lacey. How are you?” Anna calls.
“Anna Louise Jackson, I always said that you had your mom’s eyes!” he responds.
“Oh, Mr. Lacey, you were always the great complimenter. I would like you to meet my boss, Marvin Hammerman,” Anna says. “Marvin, please meet Mr. Odell Lacey, the gentleman that I was telling you about.”
“It is my pleasure, Mr. Lacey,” Hammerman says.
“And the same here, Mr. Hammerman,” Lacey smiles. ‘Anna has told me a lot about you. Please come inside and make yourselves comfortable.”
As the three talk, back at Mercy Hospital there is no improvement in Walter Lacey’s condition. His photo has been distributed to every soup kitchen and shelter throughout the Baltimore area. At this time Walter Lacey is still listed as a John Doe.
Meanwhile, a drunken Louis Henley staggers to his feet to make his way in line at the Manna House kitchen. Henley, once a man of great caliber, is now a drunk. A drug addict. A street dweller. A squatter. Eating at soup kitchens and sleeping on the streets or in shelters, Henley is a poor and wretched soul who no longer has a life.
As Henley looks around, he sees a great number of homeless men and women. To his amazement, they are practically all African-American. Many African-Americans are poor in this city. The unemployment rate is at an all-time high, and most available jobs are just part-time. Full-time employment is rare.
As Henley leaves Manna House, he rummages through his pockets and pulls out some change to buy another drink of alcohol.
Back at Odell Lacey’s home, Lacey goes over the problems that had escalated between him and his son.
“Anna, when you and Walter were kids, the two of you would play together a lot. As Walter got older, his manner began to change,” explains Lacey.
“I tried to be a good father. I tried to provide for my family the very best that I could, just like any responsible parent would do. But after my wife passed away, Walter began to change,” Lacey continues. “He became distant, staying out all hours of the night without calling. He began to drink, we started arguing over small things. One day he began to throw things around in a very violent manner. And then he just walked out. It’s been several months now, and I have not heard from Walter.”
Lacey began to choke up. “Anna and Mr. Hammerman, I really need your help here. Whatever you can do would be most appreciated. I will work with you in any way that I can. I just need to know where to start.”
Part 5: Marvin Hammerman and Anna Jackson take on the task of finding Walter Lacey. As they contact agencies they came up with zero, so what is their next move?