The Vengeful Heart
The doctors motive, she said, was revenge. Trahan explained how she had just terminated a ten-year affair with Schmidt. And his intent obviously was homicide; Janice Trahan knew she was a dead woman, talking.
It was a horrifying accusation. Who could wish anyone an excruciating death from AIDS, much less deliberately induce the disease? If the charge was a fabricationas Capt. Craft at first suspected it wasan innocent physicians reputation, and career, possibly hung in the balance. If it was true, then Trahan had been the unsuspecting victim of a murder plot without precedent. No one ever had been charged and tried for attempted murder by HIV injection. It was a brand new way of killing someone.
Harson asked Craft to check out the nurses story, and to do so in the strictest confidence. At Lafayette PD, only Craft and his chief, Charles Crenshaw, knew of his assignment. Craft was forbidden even to tell his wife about it.