"No," Harding said.
Gillooly says he told Harding to call him if she learned anything more. Then he called Eckardt.
"It happened," Gillooly said.
"What happened?" Eckardt asked.
Gillooly told him the news. He had to assure Eckardt several times he wasn't kidding.
"It happened!" Eckardt exulted.
Gillooly says he heard a woman's voice in the background say, "What?" Eckardt, Gillooly says, yelled to his mother to start recording the news. Then he told Gillooly he'd better get over there quick with some money.
Gillooly showered and, on the way to Eckardt's, withdrew $3,000 in cash from his account at the First Interstate Bank. When he arrived at the Eckardt house, he says, Shawn and his mother were in the kitchen. The father, Ron, was not around. Eckardt told Gillooly that Derrick had called and said everything was fine. According to Gillooly, Agnes Eckardt said, "You had better get them out of there"—referring to Stant and Smith.
Agnes, Gillooly says, had already made the plane arrangements, booking Stant and Smith back to Phoenix early the next morning under the names Ron Stone and Stan Dixon. The cost of the tickets would be $1,300. On his way to wiring Smith the money, Eckardt, giddy with the success of the mission, treated Gillooly to his version of the day's events, a totally fabricated account in lurid detail. Eckardt related that when Kerrigan came out of the door, Stant, busting through a crowd of a hundred people, had hit her three times on the kneecap and twice on the side of the leg. When she fell, Stant clubbed her in the head. While he was savaging her thus, Eckardt went on, Stant shouted, "I spent 29 hours on a bus for you, bitch," and flung down the note.
When Eckardt and Gillooly returned to the Eckardt house, Gillooly says, Agnes was taping the news. Shawn announced he had changed world history. He became elated as he watched the tape of the stricken Kerrigan, moments after the assault, screaming and pleading, "Why?" He kept asking his mother to play the tape over and over, three and four times. Agnes watched her son's reaction with dismay. "You're sick, Shawn," she said.