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A Short Trip Home by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Author: Francis Scott Fitzgerald 

Published:  The Saturday Evening Post  (December 17, 1927), Taps at Reveille (1935)

Genre: Short Story

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“ A Short Trip Home ”is a short story by  F. Scott Fitzgerald published in  The Saturday Evening Post o n December 17, 1927, and Taps at Reveille in 1935.

1. A Short Trip Home Synopsis

“A Short Trip Home” by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a captivating short story that delves into the mysteries of the past and the complexities of human connections. The narrative follows the protagonist’s quest to uncover information about a man named Joe Varland. Through a visit to a billiard parlor, the protagonist learns about Varland’s shady past involving exploiting women on trains. Fitzgerald’s masterful storytelling skillfully weaves together themes of nostalgia, curiosity, and the allure of secrets.

The story also explores the narrator’s evolving relationship with Ellen, hinting at a hopeful future despite uncertainties. With his signature prose, Fitzgerald paints a vivid picture of both characters and settings, immersing readers in a world of intrigue and emotion. “A Short Trip Home” offers a brief yet thought-provoking glimpse into the human desire to understand the past and the profound impact it can have on our perceptions of the present and future.

2. Story Summary

The narrator is infatuated with Ellen, noticing her blossoming beauty and confident aura. During a party, Ellen receives a note and leaves with a distracted expression. Joe Jelke, who’s enamored by Ellen, becomes worried about her absence. They later find Ellen with a mysterious man in a car. Joe confronts the man, and a scuffle ensues, resulting in Joe getting injured. Ellen’s reaction surprises the narrator as she seems indifferent and later defends the man’s actions.

The narrator is drawn to Ellen’s beauty and charm, feeling conflicted by her behavior and the danger the mysterious man poses. The party continues, but the narrator feels an unsettling shift in perception, watching Ellen with a sense of foreboding.

The narrator becomes concerned about Ellen’s well-being and tries to intervene in her interactions with this mysterious man. The man’s intentions and influence are unclear, and the narrator’s attempts to protect Ellen lead to a confrontation between the two.

The narrator returns home for Easter vacation and visits a billiard parlor to inquire about a man named Joe Varland. He describes Varland to the cashier, who informs him that Varland has died. The narrator wants to learn about Varland’s habits and offers money to a man named Shorty, who reluctantly shares that Varland used to exploit women traveling alone on trains for money. The narrator leaves, pondering this information. He mentions his relationship with Ellen, how they’re close, and that she’ll be coming out in the fall. The narrator feels more hopeful about their future together.

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You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down Story 13: A Sudden Trip Home in the Spring Summary

  • Sarah Davis, a pretty and popular resident of Cresselton (a highfalutin Northern school for girls), gets a telegram from home. Telegrams were never good news back in the day.
  • Sarah's friends think she's super pretty, even "exotic"—a word Walker defines as distasteful. They show her off to the boys who come to visit from Harvard and Yale.
  • Sarah hates her friends' tackiness. But now, they want to know what's in the telegram. Sarah tells them it's news that her dad is dead.
  • Sarah's friends all feel sorry for her and heap more praise on her exotic beauty. Ick.
  • We learn that Sarah is an artist—but she can't draw Black men because she hates the idea of drawing defeat. She thinks this is inevitable when drawing them.
  • Sarah has to go home for her father's funeral, but she honestly doesn't want to. She's comfy at Talfinger Hall and thinks of it as home now.
  • Sarah's family lives in Georgia and couldn't imagine leaving the South for anything. At least, her granddad can't. Sarah decides she wants to see him when she gets home.
  • Pam, Sarah's suitemate, comes into her room. Pam thinks Sarah is beautiful, but Sarah thinks this is because she's never seen a Black woman before.
  • Sarah thinks that if Pam traveled to Georgia, she would see a lot of Black women just as pretty as she is.
  • Pam asks Sarah if there's anything she can do for her. She could, for instance, get her rich dad to fly Sarah to Georgia in his private plane.
  • We learn that Pam's dad is one of the richest dudes on the planet—and that Sarah finds this ironic. Pam doesn't look like a billionaire's daughter in Sarah's mind.
  • Sarah tells Pam that she's thinking about what her duty is to her father. She's thinking of Richard Wright and an episode he'd written about with his own father.
  • Pam has zero idea of what Sarah is talking about or who Richard Wright even is. Sarah is annoyed at this: it's a fancy-schmancy school, but Black authors aren't taught in the classes.
  • Pam and Sarah discuss what it means for a person to have a father—especially a father who is unsympathetic—and how much a person is bound to his or her father.
  • Pam says that a strong person doesn't need a father. Wright, for instance, doesn't feel that he is defined by his good-for-nothing pops.
  • Sarah complicates the issue with a stunning comparison. She calls Wright's father a "faulty door in a house of many ancient rooms."
  • Is Wright—or anyone—to be shut off from his ancestors because of one bad guy? How fair is that?
  • When Sarah gets to the train station, she already doesn't miss her friends. She feels that they can never know her because they can't know Wright or where she comes from. They are insulated in a very white world and don't care to reach out of it. Sarah doesn't particularly care that she's not a part of their world and would never be allowed in.
  • When Sarah gets home, her father's body is laid out in a coffin in her old room. Yipes.
  • Sarah thinks that her father's face looks closed—kind of like that door in the ancient house. She realizes that this is the first time she's really been alone with her dad.
  • And that time is interrupted by a rat scurrying around under the casket. Ick.
  • It turns out that Sarah's mother just up and died one night long ago, and Sarah blamed her father for her mother's death. She suspects that she was wrong to do that.
  • Now, Sarah remembers her father's sadness at her mom's death. It occurs to her that she never tried to connect with him in a way he'd have understood.
  • Sarah is still confronted with the rat in the room (literally). She tells herself to stare the rat down, and maybe it will go away. We quickly see that this phrase, which repeats, becomes symbolic.
  • But the rat does actually go away because of this tactic. Sarah now has to deal with an image of her mother, urging her father to move away from one of their houses.
  • Turns out, Sarah's family members were sharecroppers, constantly on the move after crops or avoiding horrible landlords. Her father thinks the moving killed her mom.
  • But Sarah's feelings toward her father aren't all tender. She remembers his violent temper and the unsettled way they lived.
  • Sarah's brother comes into the room, and we learn that he's a preacher. He's also an activist, and beside him, Sarah feels that her love for poetry and art are unimportant.
  • Now, her grandma is in the picture. She wants to know if Sarah is pregnant yet—mostly because she wants great-grandchildren. She doesn't even require Sarah to be married for that to happen.
  • At the church, Sarah sees her grandfather for the first time. She sits next to him in the front row and puts her head down on his shoulder.
  • Only Sarah and her grandpa don't cry at the funeral service. Sarah watches her grandfather at the graveside and sees that he is dignified and heroic. She wants to paint him like that.
  • Sarah realizes that the defeat she always sees on the faces of Black men in paintings is there because they are painted by white men. It doesn't have to be so.
  • Sarah tells her grandpa that she will paint him just like that. He says he'd rather she make a sculpture of him.
  • The narrator notes that though the grave mound has disturbed the wild honeysuckle, it would grow back in a week like nothing had happened.
  • Sarah is having second thoughts about returning to Cresselton, but her brother won't have anything to do with that idea. He reminds her how proud her mother would have been about Cresselton. He also reminds her that she's representing for Black Southern girls at that school—and that Sarah is super smart and deserves a good education.
  • Sarah thinks that maybe going back to Cresselton—which she had always wanted to attend—isn't what she needs in her life at that moment.
  • Sarah wonders if she fits in there, especially since she's literally the only Black person there. Okay, there's one more—but she's a Northerner, so she doesn't count.
  • Sarah's brother encourages her by saying that she thinks about painting and art so much that she's obviously in the right place. Wherever she chooses to go, she'll always be in the right place.
  • Sarah tells her brother that he's her "door to all the rooms" and asks him never to close to her. He probably has no idea what she's talking about, but he plays it off nicely.
  • Sarah wonders if Richard Wright was fortunate enough to have had a brother.
  • Sarah and her brother say goodbye at the train station. She promises to come back one day and surprise him.
  • Sarah asks her brother if he's ever thought that they are old people in a young place. He doesn't really answer—and then she's off to New York again.
  • When she gets back to campus, clueless classmates ask Sarah how her trip home was. They all think she looks wonderful.
  • Sarah decides to employ the "stare down the rat" tactic with her tactless "friends." She's decided that she's a woman in the world and that no one can make her feel less or out of place again. After all, she's buried her father and will only be defined by herself.

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Ellen made a little sound with her tongue and teeth, but she didn’t resist when I took her arm and moved her toward the side door of the hotel. It struck me as odd that she should be so helpless, even to the point of acquiescing by her silence in this imminent trouble.

“Let it go, Joe!” I called back over my shoulder.”Come inside!”

Ellen, pulling against my arm, hurried us on. As we were caught up into the swinging doors I had the impression that the man was getting out of his coupé.

Ten minutes later, as I waited for the girls outside the women’s dressing-room, Joe Jelke and Jim Cathcart stepped out of the elevator. Joe was very white, his eyes were heavy and glazed, there was a trickle of dark blood on his forehead and on his white muffler. Jim had both their hats in his hand.

“He hit Joe with brass knuckles,” Jim said in a low voice.”Joe was out cold for a minute or so. I wish you’d send a bell boy for some witch-hazel and court-plaster.”

It was late and the hall was deserted; brassy fragments of the dance below reached us as if heavy curtains were being blown aside and dropping back into place. When Ellen came out I took her directly downstairs. We avoided the receiving line and went into a dim room set with scraggly hotel palms where couples sometimes sat out during the dance; there I told her what had happened.

“It was Joe’s own fault,” she said, surprisingly.”I told him not to interfere.”

This wasn’t true. She had said nothing, only uttered one curious little click of impatience.

“You ran out the back door and disappeared for almost an hour,” I protested.”Then you turned up with a hard-looking customer who laughed in Joe’s face.”

“A hard-looking customer,” she repeated, as if tasting the sound of the words.

“Well, wasn’t he? Where on earth did you get hold of him, Ellen?”

“On the train,” she answered. Immediately she seemed to regret this admission.”You’d better stay out of things that aren’t your business, Eddie. You see what happened to Joe.”

Literally I gasped. To watch her, seated beside me, immaculately glowing, her body giving off wave after wave of freshness and delicacy–and to hear her talk like that.

“But that man’s a thug!” I cried.”No girl could be safe with him. He used brass knuckles on Joe–brass knuckles!”

“Is that pretty bad?”

She asked this as she might have asked such a question a few years ago. She looked at me at last and really wanted an answer; for a moment it was as if she were trying to recapture an attitude that had almost departed; then she hardened again. I say “hardened,” for I began to notice that when she was concerned with this man her eyelids fell a little, shutting other things–everything else–out of view.

That was a moment I might have said something, I suppose, but in spite of everything, I couldn’t light into her. I was too much under the spell of her beauty and its success. I even began to find excuses for her–perhaps that man wasn’t what he appeared to be; or perhaps–more romantically–she was involved with him against her will to shield some one else. At this point people began to drift into the room and come up to speak to us. We couldn’t talk any more, so we went in and bowed to the chaperones. Then I gave her up to the bright restless sea of the dance, where she moved in an eddy of her own among the pleasant islands of colored favors set out on tables and the south winds from the brasses moaning across the hall. After a while I saw Joe Jelke sitting in a corner with a strip of court-plaster on his forehead watching Ellen as if she herself had struck him down, but I didn’t go up to him. I felt queer myself–like I feel when I wake up after sleeping through an afternoon, strange and portentous, as if something had gone on in the interval that changed the values of everything and that I didn’t see.

The night slipped on through successive phases of cardboard horns, amateur tableaux and flashlights for the morning papers. Then was the grand march and supper, and about two o’clock some of the committee dressed up as revenue agents pinched the party, and a facetious newspaper was distributed, burlesquing the events of the evening. And all the time out of the corner of my eye I watched the shining orchid on Ellen’s shoulder as it moved like Stuart’s plume about the room. I watched it with a definite foreboding until the last sleepy groups had crowded into the elevators, and then, bundled to the eyes in great shapeless fur coats, drifted out into the clear dry Minnesota night.

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Judge sends jury home early in Hunter Biden trial; daughter Naomi Biden testifies: Recap

WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika sent the jury home early on Friday afternoon at Hunter Biden's federal gun trial . The defense case, which featured testimony from Biden's eldest daughter, Naomi Biden, will resume Monday morning.

Noreika dismissed jurors during a lunch break. Her decision came after the prosecution rested following three-and-a-half days of testimony from 10 witnesses. Defense witnesses included Hunter Biden's eldest child, lawyer Naomi Biden , who testified her father appeared in good health around the time he bought the handgun at the center of the politically fraught prosecution.

“He seemed great and he seemed hopeful,” Naomi Biden said of a meeting with her father in October 2018, around the time he purchased a .38-cal. revolver and allegedly lied on the background form. Questioned by prosecutors, she said, “I knew he was struggling with addiction” after the death of his brother, Beau Biden. “After my uncle died, things got bad.”

Biden faces three felony charges  that he lied on a federal gun form that asked if he was addicted to drugs. His defense is expected to call two or three witnesses including James Biden, the president’s brother , who is expected to describe paying for his nephew’s stints in drug rehabilitation.

Hunter Biden will decide whether to testify after the other defense witnesses are finished, defense lawyer Abbe Lowell said. President Joe Biden has said he won't pardon his son if there is a guilty plea.

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Judge ends trial early at lunch break. Defense resumes Monday

U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika ended proceedings in Hunter Biden's trial early Friday. She sent jurors home during the lunch break and said testimony would resume Monday.

Defense lawyer Abbe Lowell Lowell was still finalizing his list of witnesses, and was expected to file paperwork asking Noreika to dismiss the case.

On Monday, Lowell he could call a police officer who became involved in the investigation after Biden's sister-in-law, Hallie Biden, tossed .38-cal. revolver into a grocery store trash can 11 days after he purchased it. Lowell could also call James Biden, President Joe Biden's brother, to testify about paying for his nephew's drug rehabilitation program.

--Xerxes Wilson

Hunter Biden's trial breaks for lunch

U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika's courtroom is emptying out for a one-hour lunch break.

Prosecution implies Hunter Biden was furtive during NY visit to his daughter

Before she was dismissed from the witness stand on Friday, prosecutors walked Naomi Biden through text messages that seemed to indicate that Hunter Biden was avoiding his daughter.

“Did he tell you he was meeting with someone named Frankie? That he had Frankie come to his hotel room? That he gave him the access key to his Wells Fargo account?” prosecutor Leo Wise asked about an October 2018 visit to New York.

In another message from around the same time, she told her father: “I can’t take this. I miss you so much. I just want to hang out with you.”

Hunter Biden replied: “I am sorry I’ve been so unreachable. It is not fair to you.”

Under questioning from the defense, Naomi Biden told the jury there was no confusion about whether she had time to spend with her father in New York. 

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Prosecutors ask Naomi Biden about New York trip

Prosecutor Leo Wise asked Naomi Biden about texts she exchanged with her father Hunter Biden while they were in New York in October 2018, the month he bought a revolver at the center of his trial on gun charges.

Naomi Biden had said he was doing “great” during the trip for her move. But Wise asked if she knew what her father was doing when he asked to reclaim his truck from her in the middle of the night.

“Do you know what your father was doing at 2 a.m. and why he was asking for the car then?” Wise asked her.

She said she did not.

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Who is Naomi Biden?

Naomi Biden , 30, is Hunter Biden’s eldest daughter with his first wife Kathleen Buhl. Like several other members of the country’s first family, she is a lawyer. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Law School. 

The granddaughter of President Joe Biden, she lived in the White House with her then-fiancé Peter Neal for a few months before the pair got married on the South Lawn in November 2022. She remains based in Washington, D.C.

In November 2023, a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the president’s granddaughter opened fire after three people allegedly tried to break into a government vehicle parked in Georgetown near her home. 

—Rachel Barber  

‘I knew he was struggling’: Naomi Biden on her father's addiction

Prosecutors asked Naomi Biden about her father Hunter Biden’s drug addiction but she said she never saw him using drugs.

“I knew he was struggling with addiction,” she said.

Asked when the struggle began, Naomi Biden cited the death of Hunter Biden’s brother, Beau, from brain cancer in 2015.

“After my uncle died, things got bad,” she said. 

‘He seemed hopeful’: Naomi Biden on her father Hunter Biden

Naomi Biden testified that when she saw her father, Hunter Biden, in mid-October 2018, days after he purchased the gun central to the trial, his manner seemed similar to when he'd been in a rehabilitation program months earlier.

She had driven her father’s truck to New York to move into a new apartment. And Hunter Biden had driven Joe Biden’s Cadillac to New York because he needed his truck back, she testified.

“He seemed great and he seemed hopeful,” she said.

Naomi Biden testifies about her father's drug rehab

Naomi Biden, who is the eldest of Hunter Biden’s three children, told the jury about visiting her father in California during the summer of 2018 when he was rehabilitation from using crack cocaine.

“He seemed like the clearest he had been since my uncle died,” Naomi Biden, a lawyer in Washington, D.C. said, referring to the late Beau Biden. “He seemed really great.”

Naomi Biden takes the stand

Naomi Biden, the eldest of Hunter Biden's five children, has taken the witness stand to testify in her father's defense.

Defense focuses on Hunter Biden's federal gun screening form

U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika refused to allow Hunter Biden’s defense to introduce a second version of the federal form he filled out to buy a gun in 2018, but defense lawyer Abbe Lowell continued to scrutinize details of the form in questioning a gun shop worker.

The initial form listed Biden’s passport to verify his identity. The second version sent to investigators later included his vehicle registration. Lowell claimed the form was “doctored” and in pretrial hearings sought to explore that at trial.

Gun shop worker Jason Turner testified that he wrote the vehicle registration into the form the day of the sale. “That form is wrong,” Turner said of the initial form.

Defense grills worker who sold gun to Hunter Biden

Defense lawyer Abbe Lowell asked gun store worker Jason Turner about how he approved the background check required to sell Hunter Biden a gun that is central to the charges in his federal trial.

Lowell asked Turner about the color of ink used and about how Biden verified his address.

Lowell has previously alleged the gun shop did not receive proper identification and annotated the form years later to indicate Hunter Biden presented vehicle registration documents as a supplemental identification.

On the stand, Turner said he wrote that on the form the day of the sale.

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Hunter Biden's first witness is a gun shop employee

Jason Turner was an employee at the StarQuest Shooters & Survival Supply in Talleyville, Del., and was working the day Hunter Biden bought the .38 Special revolver at the center of the criminal trial in October 2018.

He said he ran background checks and made sales as part of his employment there. 

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Defense outlines expected witnesses from gun shop, grocery store

Before the court went into a short recess, defense lawyer Abbe Lowell told U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika he intended to call the owner and the manager of the store that sold Hunter Biden the gun at the heart of the federal gun charges against him.

Lowell also said he would call the manager of the grocery store where the gun was found after Biden’s sister-in-law, Hallie Biden , threw it in a trash can 11 days after he bought it. A police officer called to the store will also be a witness, Lowell said.

Lowell didn’t mention calling any of Hunter Biden’s relatives, despite earlier saying he expected to call James Biden, the president’s brother.

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Hunter Biden’s defense asks judge to dismiss charges

Defense lawyer Abbe Lowell asked U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika to dismiss the gun charges against Hunter Biden after the prosecution rested its case, arguing Justice Department special counsel David Weiss’s team had failed to provide sufficient evidence.

Lowell also argued the charges were unconstitutional because of legislative changes in gun restrictions. But Noreika has already rejected that argument in pretrial motions.

A request to dismiss charges is common after the prosecution in a case rests. “We will take a look,” Noreika said.

Lowell noted what he described as her “skeptical” smile.

“It didn’t mean I was skeptical, it was kind of an interesting concept,” Noreika said, describing one of his arguments.

Prosecution rests gun case against Hunter Biden

Prosecutors rested their case Friday against Hunter Biden – on federal charges he lied about his drug use when buying a gun in 2018 – after three and a half days of testimony from 10 witnesses.

Biden’s defense team expected to call two or three witnesses, including James Biden, the president’s brother. After those witnesses testify, Hunter Biden will decide whether to testify, according to defense lawyer Abbe Lowell.

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Defense questions DEA agent about drug mentions in Biden electronics

Defense lawyer Abbe Lowell questioned Joshua Romig, a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent who reviewed texts from Hunter Biden’s electronic devices, about references to drugs in messages and pictures.

Lowell noted the timing of texts mentioning drugs dating to months before Biden bought a gun in October 2018 or afterward. Lowell also asked how Romig knew a water pipe in one picture was used for cocaine, suggesting it could have also been used to smoke methamphetamine, heroin or even pipe tobacco.

But Romig said he felt it was used for crack cocaine because of burn marks on the pipe.

DEA agent testifies about drug videos, slang

A text message Hunter Biden sent in February 2019, which said “I think it may be fentan,” was another way of saying fentanyl, a drug that dealers sometimes mixed with other products, according to Joshua Romig, a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent.

Another message sent to Hunter Biden stated “I have a ball on me,” to which he replied that he felt he was being scammed. Romig said “ball” is slang for “eight ball,” or 3.5 ounces of crack cocaine.

Prosecutors played a video from Biden’s electronic devices showing white rocks on a scale, which Romig said appeared to be cocaine. Several pictures showed what Romig said appeared to be a crack pipe.

Pictures from Hunter Biden devices show cocaine: DEA agent

Joshua Romig, a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, testified that pictures from April 2018 pulled from Hunter Biden’s electronic devices showed cocaine.

Prosecutors also read out corresponding text messages which Romig said show that he was “upset that the amount is a lot smaller than what he paid for.”

DEA expert expected to testify about ‘coded messages’ about drugs

Joshua Romig, a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, was expected to testify in Hunter Biden’s trial on federal gun charges about “coded messages” referring to drugs pulled from Biden’s electronic devices.

Prosecutors have referred to several messages explicitly mentioning drugs, while others refer to “baby powder” and “chore boy.”

Romig, the assistant special agent in charge of DEA’s Philadelphia field office, outlined his 25-year career in law enforcement investigating narcotics.

Chemist found cocaine residue on Hunter Biden’s leather gun pouch

Forensic chemist Jason Brewer testified that he found cocaine in the residue on the leather pouch that held Hunter Biden’s gun.

Two spots on the pouch had a “minimal amount” of “off-white powder,” which Brewer pointed out in a picture prosecutors projected onto a screen in Biden’s trial on gun charges. Brewer explained the technical details of testing for drugs.

“Cocaine was identified within the residual white particles I sampled,” he told the jury.

Chemist expected to testify about residue on Hunter Biden’s leather gun pouch

Jason Brewer, a forensic chemist for the FBI, is the first witness Friday in Hunter Biden’s trial on federal gun charges, where he is expected to testify about the residue found on a leather pouch recovered with a revolver at the heart of the case.

Prosecutors contend the pouch provides evidence of Hunter Biden’s use of crack cocaine use around the time he purchased and owned the .38-caliber Colt revolver in October 2018.

But defense lawyer Abbe Lowell argued in opening statements that detectives don’t know whether it was his client or Hallie Biden who is responsible for the residue on the pouch.

Hallie Biden received texts drugs from Hunter Biden

Hallie Biden, the  widow of Beau Biden , testified about how her brother-in-law introduced her to drugs. She also walked the jury through a series of text messages in the days after Hunter Biden bought the gun on Oct. 12, 2018.

A text the next day said he was behind a baseball stadium in Wilmington “waiting on a dealer named Mookie.”

The next day, Hallie Biden texted him stating that she tried calling him “500 times in the past 24 hours.” He eventually responded: “I was sleeping on a car smoking crack on 4th Street and Rodney.”

– Xerxes Wilson

Hunter Biden called Hallie Biden ‘stupid’ for trashing gun

Hallie Biden told the jury she found the gun in his car 11 days after he bought it. Rather than risk their kids finding it, she put the gun in a leather case and drove to a grocery store, where she threw it into a trash can.

“I realized it was a stupid idea now, but I was just panicking,” Hallie Biden said.

Hunter Biden confronted her when he discovered what she had done.

“It’s hard for me to believe anyone is that stupid,” Hunter Biden said in a text. “Do you want me dead?” he asked in a later text.

−Xerxes Wilson

'I definitely remember finding that': retiree described Hunter Biden's gun

The 80-year-old retiree who found the gun at the heart of Hunter Biden’s federal trial – on charges he lied to buy and possess the weapon – had been rummaging through trash bins for two decades.

Edward Banner was scavenging for aluminum cans he could return for a nickel apiece when he found the revolver that Hallie Biden, Hunter Biden’s former girlfriend and the widow of his brother, tossed in the trash outside Janssen’s Market in Greenville.

After Biden reported the gun missing, then-Delaware State Police Lt. Millard Greer tracked down Banner rummaging through trash cans in the upscale area. Greer asked Banner if someone had tossed something they shouldn’t have.

"Yes, they did," Greer quoted Banner saying. "A .38 special."

On the witness stand, Banner said: "I definitely remember finding that."

−Xerxes Wilson and Isabel Hughes

What is Hunter Biden being charged with?

The president's son faces three firearms felonies. In October 2018,  Hunter Biden walked into a gun shop  north of Wilmington, Delaware, and purchased a revolver.

People who purchase firearms are required to fill out a standardized form that asks whether they are an unlawful user or are addicted to controlled substances, narcotics and other listed substances. Biden is accused of answering "no" to that question on the form.

But Biden has been open about his longtime struggles with crack cocaine addiction. He's written about it in his 2021 memoir, "Beautiful Things," and discussed it during a court hearing last year, stating he's been sober since 2019.

Biden faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted, although first-time and non-violent offenders are often given shorter terms.

Hunter Biden memoir regains popularity during trial

Hunter Biden’s searing 2021 memoir , “ Beautiful Things ,” was a New York Times bestseller years before an audio version of him reading the tale of drug abuse was played as evidence in federal trial on gun charges.

But the trial has rekindled interest in what mega-author Stephen King  called a “harrowing and compulsively readable memoir.

The book reached No. 4 on the New York Times’ list after its April 2021 list. The book jumped from 338,000 in Amazon rankings on Sunday to 12,900 on Monday, the trial’s first day, and 4,200 on Wednesday.

More than 28,000 copies of the book have been sold in the U.S. by May 25, according to industry tracker BookScan. More than 11,00 e-books were sold through February.

−Dan Morrison

Election latest: Farage asked about Tory speculation - and 'his silence is telling'

Reform leader Nigel Farage has launched his party's "contract with the people", rather than a usual manifesto. He says he has his eye on the 2029 election, but is that with his current party in mind…. or the Conservatives?

Monday 17 June 2024 22:28, UK

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