A Question of Policy

Executives nearly fired me because of a restraining order.

Edward Anderson
Corporate Underbelly

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One of the edicts that I lived life by for years was to keep my personal life away from my professional life. It was one of the best pieces of advice that had been given to me and seemed to be the right way to handle things.

Never did I expect the two worlds to collide. Yet, that is precisely what happened.

We were in that courtroom because my ex, Wayne, had been prosecuted for beating me up. He accepted a plea deal from the prosecutors, and it was now up to the judge to hand down a sentence. She did, one that included a restraining order that said he had to stay 100 feet away from me at all times.

“That might be a problem, your honor,” Wayne said. “I have accepted a job with the Science Center, which is where Mr. Anderson also works.”

It was news to me that he had even interviewed with the museum. Though, in retrospect, there were a few times when he showed up under the guise of wanting to go to lunch with me or walk me home.

The news shook me to my core. When my knees began to buckle, the district attorney put his hands on my back to help steady me. Thoughts raced through my mind, but none of them stuck with me.

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Edward Anderson
Corporate Underbelly

Edward has written hundreds of acclaimed true crime articles and has won numerous awards for his short stories. His most recent book is Barbenheimer.