(He later admitted to Alex Haley that he checked to see that the bullet was not coming up before he pulled the trigger.) This was only one example of his "crazy" behavior at this time. He was continually high on drugs and carried a gun with him at all times. Because of his wild behavior, it was obviously only a matter of time until Malcolm was caught: a detective named Turner began to suspect him and seemed to be following him; next, he had an encounter with a friend of Sophia's husband one night. Once again, circumstances were closing in on him. Finally, his luck ran out; he was arrested while trying to pick up a stolen watch which he had left for repairs. He implicated Shorty and the girls, and the four of them were tried.Malcolm observes, however, that he and Shorty seemed to be on trial for their relationship with Sophia and her sister rather than for burglary. They had committed the unpardonable sin of being
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