Years ago, in another city, I was in the visitors' waiting room at a county jail. I was talking to the girlfriend of a guy being held in connection with a killing.
I had come to know the couple while reporting an unrelated story.
Anyway, the woman said her boyfriend was being accused of this crime just because he had a criminal record. She said it was like the song "Branded Man," by Merle Haggard.
Only all I heard her say was that her boyfriend's predicament was like in "Branded."
You know, the TV show.
"All but one man died, there at Bitter Creek."
I was puzzled. Didn't see the connection.
I don't know how long it took me to figure out what she was talking about. But it didn't make much difference.
I'm pretty sure her boyfriend was guilty.