Sunday, March 26, 2006


What the bartender saw the night Imette St. Guillen was drinking at the Falls.
By Chris Faherty

I know it sounds cliché, but it was just like any other Friday night at the Falls. I was in the weeds by eleven. It was wall-to-wall by midnight. At quarter after three, I was splitting the tips with Rebecca, the other bartender. By 3:45, I’d closed in on the finish line—the organization of a small mountain of credit-card slips—when I decided to take a bathroom break. The bar was close to empty, but en route, I noticed one of the last patrons: She was sitting alone at the far end of the twenty-foot oak bar, very erect in her chair. I remember thinking how strange it was to see a dainty little girl sitting alone at the bar, talking to no one. But I had a routine, business to finish. The last chore was in the basement. At around 4 a.m., as I was counting my drop in the office below, the girl, like any other patron at closing time, was asked to leave and escorted out by the doorman. Later that day, the dead body of Imette St. Guillen was found in an abandoned field in East New York.

I met Darryl Littlejohn three months ago, when he was hired as a doorman. But I didn’t know him by that name; I knew him only as “B.” I was outside grabbing a quick smoke, sparking up some conversation with Kwan, our regular bouncer, who introduced us. I asked the obvious question: What does B stand for?



Blogger bogusboobs said...

It's such a frightening story. I think that as the Mayor (and the one before) proclaims the crime rate to be dropping like a stone, we all forget that it only takes one crime -- one very personal, very violent infraction -- to make all of those wonderful statistics utterly meaningless.

God bless that poor girl and her family. And I hope they've got the right fellow ...

11:16 AM  
Blogger Jules said...

I say hang this bas*ard from his scrotum and drag his useless carcass thru the streets.
But, that's just me.

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blood brother

2:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as in partners,not related

2:12 AM  

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