Consider the practice known as an “operetta:” Police team up with hoodlums for robberies, split the loot, then ambush their partners and claim a victory against crime. During a wave of robberies of upscale nightspots in Buenos Aires in 1998, stick-up men killed a police officer guarding a restaurant. It turned out the killers were serving prison sentences. Guards ran a scheme in which they sneaked inmates out long enough to commit robberies, then return with the perfect alibi: They were officially behind bars. –Sebastian Rotella

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story using the operetta as described above.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when you hear about sworn officers of the law who are corrupt?

Art Prompt: Operetta.

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story involving a perfect alibi that didn’t hold up.

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