As you all know, I have a healthy skepticism about the long arm of the law [do you wanna see a long arm, Otis? I'll show you a long arm!]. But I have an enhanced respect for the cops who have to break the bad news for families. I always knew that it was tough, but in an abstract way.
After you have to break it to your little-old-lady mom that her husband is dead, and that he's been dead for twenty years, you feel a little bit of the difficulty.
When you then have to "break" that news ten more times, because the idea can't be held, you get a pretty good picture of
the seventh ring of hell.
woe is me.
* sigh *