AFTER a gunman shot and killed Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum in broad daylight in Williamson last April, the praise for Crum was overwhelming.
"We ask all the time: Where have all the heroes gone?" Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury said in eulogizing Crum.
"Let me tell you, sometimes we walk in their midst and we don't know we got them. He was mine."
The public now knows there was more to the story.
Judge Thornsbury turned out to be a villain who enlisted Brandon Moore, the state's Trooper of the Year in 2009, to set up the husband of the judge's girlfriend in 2008.
The suspended judge faces sentencing in federal court in January for guilty pleas related to this, but he is cooperating with the U.S. attorney's office in its continuing investigation of the political sewer in Mingo.
On Thursday, Daily Mail readers learned that Crum told a sign-maker to send his bill to Dr. Diane Shafer, who pleaded guilty last fall to charges related to selling 118,000 prescriptions to people for cash on hand between 2003 and 2011.
Most of those prescriptions were for Xanax and hydrocodone, two of the drugs most often found in the bloodstream of people who die of drug overdoses in West Virginia, which now leads the 50 states with 28.9 such deaths for every 100,000 residents.