The day after his wife disappeared in a kayaking accident, an Anchorage
man answered his door to find two grim-faced Alaska State Troopers.
"We're sorry Mr. Wilkens, but we have some information about your wife,"
said one trooper...
"Tell me, please! Did you find her?" Wilkens shouted.
The troopers looked at each other.
One said, "We have some BAD news, some GOOD news, and some REALLY GREAT
news. Which news do you want to hear first?"
Fearing the worst, an ashen Mr. Wilkens said, "Give me the bad news
The trooper said, "I'm sorry to tell you, sir, but this morning we found
your wife's body in Kachemak Bay ."
"Oh. my God!" exclaimed Wilkens. Swallowing hard, he asked, "Well,
what's the good news?"
The trooper continued, "When we pulled her up, she had 12 twenty-five
pound king crabs and 6 good-size Dungeness crabs clinging to her and we
feel that you are entitled to a share in the catch."
Stunned, Mr. Wilkens demanded, "If that's the good news, what's the
The trooper said, "We're going to pull her up again tomorrow."