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Daddy, No!


In a Colorado upscale community near Denver in August of 2018 there were acts of violence so vile that I thought not to write about them, but, then, changed my mind. The desire, nay, the need to write about these brutal homicides was too strong for me to ignore.


In the early morning hours of that day in August, a man strangled to death his wife, then smothered to death his two daughters, ages 3 and 4. They were crimes that captured the attention of the entire nation – perhaps even, the world. My need to write about these awful murders can hopefully be forgiven, but I wanted to get inside the head of this monster who would commit such atrocious acts. My novella is not a ‘long-dwelling account’ of the crimes themselves, but of the fictional prison life being lived currently by this family slayer. The book’s narrative is an attempt at understanding the sociopathy, psychopathy of this ugly form of humankind. It can be said accurately that I am playing ‘clinical psychologist’ in this book. Whether these humble thoughts can come near to that professional league, no way, but, at least, I get to relieve some anger and angst.


The following two paragraphs from the beginning of ‘Chapter Four’ in Daddy, No! just might create the terrifying atmosphere for the book. Superfluously, this novella is fiction, but many of the details therein come from truth of this tragedy. The following has truth as well.


Chapter Four

Sobbing in small choking gasps the little girls wrap their arms around each other, their tiny trembling bodies absorbed in these moments of terror, their short body-quakes synonymous with the gaping flairs of their eyes – wide with the unknown evil outside their bedroom door. With each audible wall bump, each stifled scream, and demonic moan, they tighten their grasps of each other. Their anguished faces are scarlet red and moist from their prolonged fear, their eyes darting hither and yon in nervous expectations of an unknown, impending danger. It is sheer paralyzing, catatonic disorientation, a manic madness their young lives have never experienced.


The darkness envelops them but the light-shaft from a bright moon at their bedroom window portrays grievous images of two tiny huddled masses compacted in terror so visceral it might absorb them in a maelstrom of madness. The twisted sheets upon which they now lie entwined are wet with their bodies’ waste. The blankets they are seldom without in the night are damp with the wetness of their mucous and their tears. Their eyes are swollen from the crying, chafed and red with the steady rubbing. Their hands, their bodies tremble in the horror that has joined them in the bedroom.


With the world’s population living among those who cut-off heads of people who believe contrary to their so-called religion, with evil perversions of all kinds on our planet, perhaps there is nothing left that can now shock us. Perhaps my skin is too thin, but the factors of these homicides stunned me, and I needed to prowl my mind and soul to find my own truths about this father from hell…herein Daddy, No! they lie.


In any event this my nineteenth book, a novella of 36,000 words plus. It is my hope you will read its contents and leave an Amazon review.


You can Order Daddy, No! on Amazon.


BR Chitwood – May 19, 2019


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17 comments on ““Daddy, No!” – My New Novella!

  1. Best wishes on this new one, Billy Ray.

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    1. Thanks, good John. ♥

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  2. jaysquires says:

    Looks intriguing, Billy Ray. You are a book-writing machine! I was curious, though, why you didn’t link your book to Amazon. I checked there for the book title as well as by your name, but it didn’t come up. Just wonderin’. Anyway, the best of luck with it.


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    1. Hi, Jay, just put “Daddy, No!” on yesteday…Amazon reported Kindle version on…short link:
      Paperback still under review. Thanks, good friend… ♥


    2. Should you prefer the p/back, Amazon just informed me it’s available at: ,’Down and out in Springfield’! ♥


  3. eden baylee says:

    You’re a publishing machine Billy Ray! Congratulations on another intriguing title! xo

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    1. Thanks, Eden. Kindle ready – Paperback still in review… All the best, sweet Eden. ♥


  4. Gwen Plano says:

    You are amazing, Billy Ray. I look forward to reading your latest! All the best to you. ♥

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    1. You are amazing! I’m just enjoying my ‘therapy’! God Bless! ♥♥


  5. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Congrats on another new book, Billy! This was a disturbing excerpt and slways well written and I wish you all the best.

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    1. Thanks, Denise, for your kind words. ♥♥

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  6. Congratulations, Billy! You’re the greatest story teller!! ❤

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    1. Ah, thanks, Miriam. I cherish your remark. ♥

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      1. You’re welcome, I should be encouraged by you. ❤

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