Her hands shook slightly and she clasped them together. I sat across the table from her and introduced myself.
“I don’t usually give interviews,” she said, “but I’ll make an exception because this is such a special day.”
Dressed in white, she began to fuss with her hair while attendants watched her every move. I couldn’t help but admire her natural beauty.
“I appreciate your time,” I said. “I guess my first question, how did you reach this point in your life?”
“I can sum it up in two words…true love.”
“But there had been many obstacles.”
“That made it all the more exhilarating. We had overcome all odds.”
“We? You’re referring to you and Ted. How did you become attracted to Mr. Mason?”
“That should be obvious. Ted’s exciting and extremely handsome.”
I understood the attraction. Ted Mason’s face had graced the front pages of all the newspapers. Women from throughout the world were swooning over him.
“How did you cope with the letters he received from his fans?” I asked.
She waved her hand in the air. “I knew he was completely dedicated to me…to us.”
“Tell me how you met?”
“It was fate.” A blush crossed her pale face as she evaded my question. I tried another approach.
“Have you always lived in
“No. Ted and I came here to get married.”
“You know. The wild, wild West. It seemed appropriate. We had an amazing affair.”
I checked my notes. “Wasn’t Ted already married?”
“That happened years ago. We were completely devoted to each other.”
“Tell me, Gilda, did you have long term goals?”
A high giggle filled the room. “Ted and I lived for the moment. That’s more exciting.”
“Do you want to talk about Sylvia Tanner?
Her face paled briefly, but she quickly recovered. “I don’t think that’s appropriate. How do I look?”
“Fantastic.” I wasn’t lying. With her clear skin, light complexion and delicate features, she reminded me of Dresden china.
Our conversation was interrupted. “The priest is here. You’ll have to leave.”
Gilda smiled brightly. “You’ve been so kind. Now I must meet my intended. For better or worse, richer or poorer, till death…well you know.”
I paced the floor until the designated time. I stood behind the curtains and when the lights dimmed, I cringed. Gilda Bennett joined her beloved by lethal injection. Sylvia Tanner became their final victim. Ted Mason had been executed six month before. The serial killers, now joined in death, were no longer a threat.