From the Stacks – 'Portraits of Crime' (1977)
WANTED: 187 PC (Murder), Male, Latin, identified as George J. Arevalo, 42, 6',190 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, dark complexion, thin mustache. Suspect wearing gray trousers, sport shirt, windbreaker jacket. At approximately 8 p.m. this date suspect shot and wounded female owner of East Ninth Street Cafe and shot and killed customer. Suspect is armed and considered extremely dangerous. He is believed to be intoxicated.
"Oh my God, I'm dead ... I must be dead ... I'm drifting in air ... when am I going to fall? ... Goddamn, the pain ... that lousy son-of-a-bitch ... where's my gun?"
The thoughts flashed through Detective Ector Garcia's mind in an instant. They were the thoughts of a man who had just been shot in the side of the head, his body falling to the ground slowly, like a collapsing building, section-by-section. Everything around him moved in slow, fuzzy motion. He heard a scream, gun shots, felt the cold grip of his revolver as two shots exploded into the night, and saw the blurry glow of a porch light as it faded into darkness.
On March 5, 1959, as Jose Castellanos was checking his gun to make sure it was in firing condition, George J. Arevalo was getting drunk just a few miles away. Arevalo was drunk a lot of the time. In fact, his wife of 15 years would tell the police that she and her husband had separated almost a year earlier because of Arevalo's excessive drinking.
"He was drunk," she told police. "I told him to get out. He left, but returned in a few minutes with a gun. He aimed it at me and said, `This is the gun I'm going to kill you with'."