Jessie Joe Patterson was a man destined for bad things. He had the trait of never knowing when to shut up and, given the company he kept, it would have been easy to conclude that his life would end prematurely which, in fact, it did but not as prematurely as most would have thought. This could be...
Jessie Joe Patterson was a man destined for bad things. He had the trait of never knowing when to shut up and, given the company he kept, it would have been easy to conclude that his life would end prematurely which, in fact, it did but not as prematurely as most would have thought. This could be attributed to an associated characteristic of Jessie’s--a sixth sense, you might say--that allowed him to know when he had pushed things as far as he could before something quick and violent would come his way. At such a juncture, Jessie had no qualms about expressing his own style of swift and terrible violence to preempt whatever might have been intended for him. Neither was he afraid to take preemptive action when it wasn’t really called for as a form of “batting practice”. He liked to think of it as maintaining his chops.
Jessie worked as a frightener for some minor gangster elements on the fight scene in Los Angeles and Denver. Yates knew of him through a snitch--an on again/off again heroin user named Yolanda--who had been a productive and valuable asset for Yates until she got scared and turned to Jessie for advice. On the assumption that she had been telling Yates stories out of school about him, Jessie decides to give her a severe case of lead poisoning from which she won’t recover and send a clear message to anyone who was paying attention that silence was golden. But the story goes on from there.
Yolanda had been an off-book snitch, which meant that Yates had not listed her as one of his informants nor had he reported the information she provided to the department. She was a hedge against some unforeseeable future, he had told himself.
Complicating the situation, somewhat, was the fact that Horvath had been maintaining something of a relationship with her wherein he was trading sex for dope in a very informal arrangement that, unfortunately, Jessie Joe Patterson caught wind of about the time that Yolanda had confided in him about snitching for Yates.
Jessie put it all together with his unique, hair-trigger logic that Yolanda must have been the lead informant for an entire L.A.P.D. task force--Jessie was big on hyperbole and seeing a bigger picture--and decided to kill Horvath, Yates and Yolanda before whatever was coming his way could reach him.
Late one night Jessie advised Yolanda that the best way for her to extricate herself from the situation was to set up a meeting with Horvath and Yates without telling either of them that the other would be present. Also kept out of the information pack for the evening’s festivities was that Jessie would be lurking in the vicinity fully armed and ready to supply the dénouement.
While this scenario would seem illogical and nonsensical to most who would consider it, the fact that Yolanda was floating on a heroin high administered by Jessie at the time meant that critical thought did not enter into the equation and her reaction was, “Whatever, whatever.”
From there, it could only get worse and it did.