Bound by Maurine Dallas Watkins
by Barb Goffman
From the Feb. – May 2012 issue of the Strand Magazine
This story seems to have been set in a rural area in, I’m guessing, the early twentieth century. There wasn’t anything in the story to help me pinpoint the setting and timing any more than that.
A rich woman takes in an orphaned, deaf boy to work on her farm. He’s one of a few strays (for lack of a better word) who the woman gives room and board to in exchange for a lot of work. Ultimately two crimes occur at the farm. The story is told from the deaf boy’s point of view as he writes down what happened to the detectives working the case. The story has a nice twist at the end. Any more details would give too much away.