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  • Finding a Drawer Full of Drivers' Licenses:
  • Jennifer L. Knox (bio)

The Golden State Killer stole "trophies" from his victims such as flatware, jewelry, photographs, and drivers' licenses. Twenty years after his crime spree had stopped, police began to release lists of the items in hopes that someone—a family member, a home health aid, etc.—would recognize an item and report the owner, who would then be in his 80s. In a statement to the public, a detective said, "If you find a drawer full of drivers' licenses at your uncle's house, call us."

All expired. Mostly women, in their 30swhen the photos were taken. Now they'd bein their 60s and 70s. A few men frowningunder uneven mustaches. Some faces scratchedout to white blurs in the plastic. How funnywas fashion back then? Pointy collars wideas wind socks, all that argyle, hard hair,eyeglasses so thick—why, it'd be like peeringout of the freezer through the narrowingwindow of ice. Back then nothing defrosteditself—they babysat their appliances, untetheredtheir thick black cords from the walls andwaited till the water ran off wherever it wanted—unmarked Tupperware and ice trays left behind. [End Page 25]

Jennifer L. Knox

Jennifer L. Knox is the author of four books of poems. The New York Times Book Review said her latest book, Days of Shame and Failure, "hits, with deceptive ease, all the poetic marks a reader could want: intellectual curiosity, emotional impact, beautiful language, surprising revelation and arresting imagery." Her nonfiction writing has recently appeared in the Washington Post and the American Poetry Review. Her next book of poems, Crushing It, will be published by Copper Canyon.



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