"What's a long bone?" Harding asked.
"I imagine it's your femur," Gillooly replied.
Stant Hew out of Portland the next day, Dec. 29, on a 6:37 a.m. American Airlines flight to Dallas, then caught a connecting flight to Boston. Smith had given him some expense money, the photograph of Kerrigan, a computer printout with background information on Kerrigan and directions to the Tony Kent Arena in Dennis, Mass. Stant was scheduled to return on Jan. 3. They figured that would give him plenty of time to carry out the attack.
But almost immediately things began to go wrong. Stant registered at the airport Hilton in Boston using a credit card. When he tried to rent a car with the card, he was refused, since it was issued in Leslie Thomas's name. Stant had inadvertently grabbed his girlfriend's credit card when he left Phoenix.
Stant called Thomas and asked her to send his card to Boston as soon as possible. It didn't arrive until 6 p.m. the next day, Dec. 30. Stant spent another night at the Hilton, then, on New Year's Eve, drove his rented Chevrolet Cavalier to Yarmouth on Cape Cod, a distance of 80 miles. Kerrigan skated that day but left the Tony Kent Arena by 1:30 p.m. By the time Stant had checked into the Gull Wing Suites, which was 6½ miles from the arena, Kerrigan had already departed; she was on her way to spend the New Year's weekend with her parents in Stoneham, outside Boston. Kerrigan and Stant, traveling in opposite directions, may have passed each other on Route 6.
For the next two days Stant staked out the arena, moving his car to a different location in the lot every half hour.
Meanwhile, back in Portland, Gillooly and Eckardt began to suspect that they'd been swindled out of the $2,000. Smith had driven back to Phoenix, and Eckardt said he had no idea where Smith's two supposed operatives in Boston might be staying. When Eckardt told Gillooly that Derrick had called to ask when he could expect the rest of the expense money, Gillooly said, "What? Do I have stupid written across my forehead?" He refused to forward another dime until there were some results to report or receipts proving that someone was in Boston.
Gillooly says he didn't tell Harding about his suspicions that they'd been had. He says that on either Dec. 30 or 31, Harding mentioned that it would be nice if Derrick's thugs could do the number on Kerrigan in some bar on New Year's Eve. Why? Gillooly wondered. Harding allegedly replied that it would make Kerrigan look bad, as if she hung out with the wrong sort of crowd.
When nothing happened by Jan. 1, Gillooly says, he told Harding he thought they'd been ripped off. He says she agreed and, remembering the money-back guarantee, said that Gillooly should make Eckardt give back the $2,000. That night Harding skated late, from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Gillooly asked Eckardt to be there. Eckardt showed up, and when Gillooly asked him what was going on, Eckardt offered a wild tale about how Derrick's two operatives back in Boston had stolen Kerrigan's car in the process of trying to read her registration to determine her home address. Gillooly didn't know whether to believe him, but he flashed Eckardt a $10,000 check he was carrying around that had been sent to Harding by the USFSA, money Steinbrenner had contributed to Harding's training expenses. Gillooly told Eckardt that maybe the prospect of a $10,000 bonus would motivate those two guys in Boston.
At that point, according to Gillooly and Eckardt, Harding skated up. She asked Eckardt, who had hurt his back several days earlier, how he felt. Then she wanted to know why she could not get anyone to do this thing for her, referring to the Kerrigan attack. She was angry. Eckardt stuttered and said he didn't know. Then, according to Gillooly, Harding said, "If it doesn't get done, you call them and get the $2,000 back."